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Hi I'm Lorne

I grew up in Canada, and now live in Florida. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm originally from Canada (southern Ontario) but moved my family to East central Florida in '03. My wife Julie and I own a small business designing and building network communication products for industrial computers PLCs). I love electronics and computers. Our business gives me a lot of freedom to do everything from schematic design to board layout to FPGA design, firmware, software etc. I've always loved helicopters and after some training, I recently purchased and fly an ultra-light helicopter. It's challenging, but it's great fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because my dad was a humble man with the courage to go against his family when missionaries taught him the Gospel. Having grown up in an LDS home, I learned the teachings. In my late teens I realized that if I believed in the LDS Church I would be expected to go on a mission. I'm a rather shy person (especially then) and this would not be easy. I knew that the teachings and lifestyle of the church were good, but that was not nearly enough. I had never really read the Book of Mormon, but I had been told many times that if I read it, I could pray and ask Heavenly Father if it was true and the Holy Ghost would confirm its truth. So I did. As I read, I knew that the events were real, and I received a very consistent, warm spiritual feeling. I had a distinct impression from the Holy Ghost at one point that said to "It's true, and you've always known that". My life has had its good times and trials, but I have always been able to receive confirmation of the truth of the Book of Mormon whenever I've prayed and asked. The rest falls into place, if the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith was a prophet and my testimony of Christ's restored Gospel falls into place. In '06 our only son Josh died at age 13. My testimony was not shaken, but I wanted more strength and faith to make it through this very difficult time. Alma chapter 40 took on so much more meaning, I wanted to know where my son was, what he was doing, how and when I would see him again. Heavenly Father poured out his spirit on our family in great abundance at that time. I love Heavenly Father for so many things, but I especially love Him for how he helped us then. The strength and support of friends and family in the LDS church has been so great over the years. I continue to work and serve and try to be the kind of child that our Heavenly Father wants me to be.

How I live my faith

Being honest and kind in all my dealings is one ways that I try to live my faith. Not just on Sunday, but of course all the time. I'm not perfect (by a long shot), but I'm trying. One of the great thing about the Mormon Church is all the opportunities that it provides for service. Service is how we show our love for Heavenly Father's children....our brothers and sisters. I know how good I feel when I see my children helping each other, I believe Heavenly Father feels the same when I help my brothers and sisters, in the church and out. In various callings in the church I have cleaned homes and yards, helped many many people move and spent many hours visiting and sharing uplifting messages. One of my favorite times of service was when hurricanes Frances, and Jean went through our area in '04. Because the need was so great, the members in our area actually went out in clean up and service groups on Sunday instead of church. There was a similar warm spirit when the Mormons in our area were bused to Pascagoula MS to help clean up after hurricane Katrina.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Lorne
Mormons are taught and understand that family relationships can continue after this life. This means that families and our relationships are very important to our eternal happiness and progress. Also, the best chance for a child to be happy and successful, both in this earthly life and in returning home to Heavenly Father, is to be raised by a loving father and mother that teach them about their purpose in life and about their Savior. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Lorne
We don't worship Joseph Smith, but we do revere him as the Israelite's revered Moses. Show more Show less