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Hi I'm Lorene

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college with a major in Communications. After graduating I worked for a few years as a secretary for a two-year college. I didn't have the opportunity to marry my husband until later in life so I have no chldren of my own. I am a step-mother and my husband and I enjoy keeping in touch with them and our grandchildren. I currently work as a phone customer service representative for a national bank. In my spare time I like to read books, scrapbook, make cards, do freelance and creative writing, learn new things and play computer games. I collect coins, classical music and art. I am passionate about natural health and have studied naturopathic medicine, herboloy, aromtherapy and natural healing modalities.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have found through experience the peace that passes all understanding. Being a Mormon and conforming my life to the principles it teaches has brought me great spritiual and temporal blessings. It means that I may have the opportunity to live with my family forever. I was raised Lutheran and converted to the Mormon Church after I graduated high school. During high school I had a special dream. Following that dream I began to feel and believe things I had never been taught through the Lutheran faith. Such as: “If there was a prophet during the Bible why don’t we have a prophet today?” “If eternity is like a ring without an ending, then where did we come from before we were born?"” "Since the Bible says our body is like a temple of God, and smoking is hazardous to our health, why is there not a code of health for us to live by?” I began to pray that if these things were true I asked God to help me find a true church that taught them. Shortly thereafter, a friend of mine who was not a Mormon, asked me if I had heard of the Mormons or the Osmonds? I was not familiar with either of them. She had been to Salt Lake City and picked up literature about the Church and was impressed with it and she thought that I might be too. She informed me that one of the Osmond Brothers had an article in one of the teen magazines and encouraged me to read it. The next day I picked up a copy of the magazine. Upon reading the article my prayers were answered. I learned that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) had a living prophet who receives revelation from God; that we lived as spirit children of our Heavenly Father before we came to earth; and that the Word of Wisdom was the Lord’s commandment and guide to better health. I began an investigation of the Mormon Church which lasted several months. I also explored and compared other religions as well. After prayerful and careful study, I was baptized a member of the Church. After 30 years of being a member I decided to take a journey to compare and investigate the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (now known as the Community of Christ church) as well as a few of the opposite so-called “fundamentalist” groups. Unfortunately during that journey I strayed in and out of the Mormon church. I struggled with several personal issues and it became one the darkest and most confusing times of my life. After experiencing much physical, emotional and spiritual pain I prayed again to God that I would be delivered and know the way to go. As I was watching a General Conference broadcast of the Church and listened to then President Gordon B. Hinckley and the other leaders, the Holy Ghost bore a powerful witness they were true Apostles of the Lord, Jesus Christ. I began to see the light again. The Prophet and Apostles of the Mormon Church bear such a powerful witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ like only true prophets and apostles can do. In all my searching I have found no other place or organization that brings the peace of the Holy Ghost that passes all understanding. I am a Mormon because through the Church I am blessed as I conform my life to its principles and teachings. It teaches the pure and simple gospel of Jesus Christ in it’s purity and fulness. Through it we may return to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and live as a family forever. I know that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God and that he saw our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and bore witness of them. He gave his life as a martyr and never denied what he knew to be true as a testimony of the restoration of the gospel for which he was an instrument in the hand of God. By the power of God he was able to translate The Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God. It is a companion to the Bible, it testifies that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. One may grow closer to God and know of it’s truthfulness through sincere study and prayer.

How I live my faith

I have served in the Church in a variety of capacities. I was a full-time missionary for 18 months. I also had the opportunity of serving a part-time local mission and teaching in the county jail. I have participated in single adult committees organizing activities, working in the library, teaching classes for chldren and adults, leading music and singing in church choirs. I currently serve in our church nursery. Some of my favorite opportunities have been helping out at our local church cannery, Deseret Industries and services at nursing homes.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Lorene
The Mormons don't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol because we believe that they contain harmful and/or addictive substances. The Mormon Church's law of health and proper diet is known as the Word of Wisdom. It encourages that we eat fruits and vegetables in season either fresh or those that can be maintained by proper food preservation. It also encourages eating whole grains, particularly wheat. Meat is to be used sparingly. For good health the Church also encourages us to retire early and awake early that our body and mind may be invigorated. We are to use the provisions the Lord has provided for us with temperance and wisdom. The Lord has promised us blessings for living the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Lorene
There are a few reasons why some may call the Mormon Church a cult: Some consider any religion or organization that is contrary to what they believe a cult. Many have listened to or heard stories and theories about the Church that have been circulated over the years by those outside of the Church without taking time to fully investigate the validity of the stories or what the Mormon Church really teaches. Others have heard of groups and/or individuals in the news who profess to be Mormons and who practice things contrary to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints not realizing they are not at all affiliated with the Church. Some find it difficult to beleive that a young boy, as Joseph Smith, Jr., could be called as a prophet of God. Some people feel that the Mormon Church is hiding something secret because the Church considers their temples as sacred places and only members of the Church in good standing may enter and participate in the ordinances that take place there. I would encourage those who have come across any of the stories or theories to thoroughly investigate the source and validity. Many of the stories and theories cannot be substantiated and are based upon personal opinions and philosophies rather than actual teachings and doctrines of the Mormon Church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon Church invites all who have questions to sincerely study, ponder and pray about it's teachings. Show more Show less