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Hi I'm Lorena

I love my family, discussing great ideas, and teaching and learning about physical and emotional health. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am married to Bruce, the man of my dreams. We have been married for over 20 years and have six children. From these relationships come my greatest joy. I love to read - to learn something new, or simply for pleasure. I play the piano and sing. I love using essential oils, along with other wonderful healing modalities, and I teach about them and help people with them. Our family also loves soccer. I have been a referee in the past, and love watching our children play. I love the mountains and camping. Big parties with lots of people are my specialty. Spending time with our extended family, parents and siblings, is one of my favorite things to do. Our family lives on 2 1/2 acres and has a "hobby farm". We have horses, llamas, dogs, chickens, a dairy cow, and calves. We milk a dairy cow - Buttercup, and enjoy the raw milk this provides.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first of all because my family was Mormon, so that's how I grew up. But far more importantly, I am a Mormon because I have had the Holy Ghost (which we also call the Spirit) confirm to my soul that the principles and doctrine taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true! When I read the Book of Mormon, I feel the Spirit, and I know it is true. With the knowledge that the Book of Mormon is true, every other question about the Church, it's origins and it's truthfulness are answered, and there is no room for doubt. In addition, I have lived to see the fruits of living the gospel, and this has also strengthened my faith. I love being a Mormon!!

How I live my faith

The foundation of how I live my faith starts with prayer and scripture study. I try to never miss a day of scripture study - even if it's just a few verses. I make it a point to pray on my knees at last twice a day - morning and evening - and then I pray in my heart all throughout the day. I believe that if I pray and read my scriptures, I put myself in the best possible position to receive personal revelation. I love my Heavenly Father - and I know He loves me. I speak with Him regularly in prayer, and He speaks to me by the still small voice of the Holy Ghost, and by what I read in the scriptures. In this way I receive guidance, answers to questions, promptings, etc. I truly have my own personal guide, independent of any earthly power, and I am so grateful for that. Because I love my Heavenly Father, I am grateful for His Son Jesus Christ, whom Heavenly Father sent to earth to by my Savior, and your Savior. I love Him, and I'm so grateful for His sacrifice for me. Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. Jesus Christ has established his Church here on the earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, much of how I live my faith is manifested in the dedication to and the activity I have in His Church. We spend a good deal of time together as a family working on what I've already mentioned, including prayer, scripture study and Church attendance. This brings us a lot of joy, and we love doing these things.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Lorena
Mormons believe that the Holy Ghost is one of the members of the Godhead, along with God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. He does not have a body of flesh and blood, as do the Father and the Son, but is a personage of Spirit. His role in the Godhead is to testify of truth and witness of Jesus Christ and God the Father. He is also the Comforter that Jesus promised He would send to his apostles before his crucifixion. After the ordination of baptism, Mormons receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying of hands of those who are in authority, or those who have the priesthood. This "Gift" allows one to be guided and directed by the Holy Ghost as long as he or she lives worthy to have the Holy Ghost with them. The Holy Ghost does not dwell in "unholy temples", which means that one must be striving to keep the commandments and make good choices in order to keep the companionship of the Holy Ghost. This is very important to me personally. I appreciate so much the guidance and direction I receive from the Holy Ghost. It allows me to go forward and live my life with faith and hope, as opposed to fear and worry. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Lorena
Faith is knowing that something is true, even though you can't see all the proof right before you. Faith is a principle of action and power. If it really is faith, it moves you to action. It is stronger than simply a hope or a belief. The simplest analogy is that of planting and cultivating a seed. There is not much proof that anything will happen, right at the time of planting, but faith moves one to make all the conditions right so the end reward will be possible. My faith in Jesus Christ is the motivating foundation of everything I do. I have faith that he did what he said he would do, and that makes all the difference. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Lorena
Sunrises and sunsets, flowers and fruit, mountains and stars - all these proclaim with a loud voice to me that there is a God! I also know there is a God when I look into the eyes of a child, or when I see love and caring shared between people. I also know when I pray, because I have a feeling in my heart, and I have ideas come to my head that I know are not my own, and they fill me with warmth and joy. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Lorena
Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons live all over the world, but the biggest concentration is in the Western United States. This is rapidly changing, though, as new members join the Church daily all over the world. Mormons are disciples, or followers, of Jesus Christ and they focus on the family. Elder Boyd K. Packer, one of the leaders in the Mormon Church recently said, "The ultimate end of all activity in the Church is that a man and his wife and their children might be happy at home, protected by the principles and laws of the gospel, sealed safely in the covenants of the everlasting priesthood." Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Lorena
The best way is to read the Book of Mormon with a sincere heart, seeking to know by prayer if it is true. I have done that, and my prayers have been answered, and this is the foundation of my testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. In conjunction with this, get to know a lot of Mormons - not just one or two - and examine their lives and see what you think. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Lorena
A Mormon Church is open to anyone who walks through the doors, as all are invited to join with us in our church worship, member or non-member, and worthiness is not an issue. A Mormon Temple is only open to those who carry a "temple recommend". To get a temple recommend, you must be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for at least a year, and comply with certain standards and criteria meaning that worthiness IS an issue. One of those criterion is that you have to be at least twelve years old unless a child is being sealed to his or her family, which is a one-time occasion. Another criterion is that you must commit and strive to live certain standards of worthiness. Although it takes more preparation and time, compared to simply walking through the doors of the Mormon Church, attending the Mormon Temple is available to everyone! The standards and criteria are set, and they are attainable by ANYONE who desires to live by them. I love the Temple, and I'm so grateful to enter it's doors often, and to feel closer to my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Lorena
They will talk about Jesus Christ and the plan that our Heavenly Father has for us as individuals and families. The Book of Mormon and the origins of the Church through the prophet Joseph Smith will be discussed. The commandments and the ordinances that are important to the Lord will be explained. Many of your questions will be answered about the basic purposes of life and where we came from. The missionaries will also explain about our ancestors and the connection and responsibility we have to them. Show more Show less