Hi I'm Lori
The things I love about my life are covered by all the different hats that I wear. I am a wife to a wonderful husband and a mother to 4 amazingly busy kids and one slightly neurotic dog. I work full time as a pediatric nurse, both as a flight nurse and in a pediatric ICU. I am an avid runner and love to run marathons and long distance relay races. My life seems to run at a frantic pace but I love to spend all of the time that I can with my family...watching movies, playing games, going on hikes...anything together!!
Why I am a Mormon
I have been a member of the church my whole life but my own life experiences have helped me to greater understand why this is where my faith is. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who knows me, knows what's in my heart, and loves me anyway. I find great peace in the direction the gospel of Jesus Christ gives me...trying each and every day to find ways to be a better person. I know that my progress in life is just that...a work in progress...and knowing and embracing the atonement of Jesus Christ allows me to learn and grow and keep moving forward. As I work as a nurse, I find great peace in the understanding that there is more than just this earth life, but the chance to return to our Heavenly Father and see loved ones again.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
Since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be a nurse...I loved to see when someone got hurt and I wanted to be there...helping. So it came as no surprise to my family when I chose the nursing program in college. I have loved being a nurse...it so closely mimics being a mom...especially since I work with kids!!! I am fascinated with the human body and its divine design and love learning better how to treat critically ill children. But my greatest satisfaction comes from helping to comfort those in need. Having a sick child in the hospital is probably one of the most stressful things for any parent to experience. Helping those families in their time of stress is part of the job that I love. I feel that even though I am away from my family while I work, the service I give helps to balance that out for me. Knowing that there is a great plan for all of us helps me to sort out some of the difficult things I see in my job. I know all too well that life is fragile and its my job to do all that I can to save a life. But I know that all things are up to the Lord...and knowing that He has a plan gives me great comfort and allows me to keep doing my job!!!
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
My family is the most important thing to me...as our busy lives sometimes dictate our schedules, I find myself more strongly defending our "down time". We have tried to make it a priority to pull away from the world a bit...ignore the phone, turn off the TV and computer and just have some good old fashioned family time. When our schedules get crazy, the kids will often ask, " Can we have a "Just Family" night?" It's usually nothing fancy but games, popcorn, fire in the fire pit...anything together!!!
How I live my faith
I love working with the youth in my church, especially as they are learning and developing their own faith. It is such a cool experience to witness them grow and mature into a testimony that will help them throughout their lives. I also love their energy for life...it keeps me young!!! Hiking, camping, singing, serving, playing! It's a blast!! I also get to lead discussions and teach among the women in our ward and I feel like I am the one learning from the experiences that we all share. But my most important calling is that of mother to my family. Living each day with my kids, teaching them gospel principles as we go through daily experiences is truly my greatest challenge.