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Hi I'm Lori.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of three and a convert to the Mormon church. I love the outdoors and reading. I'm also a teacher and website designer. Recently we decided to homeschool, so that takes up the majority of my time now.

Why I am a Mormon

I think I had been searching all my life for what was true. I always believed in God, but did not always feel like I could understand what was taught in the church I grew up in. I had a few friends over the years that were Mormon, but I don't think I was really ready to hear what they believed. I had been raised to think Mormons were weird. Then I met a guy who changed all that. I was 24. We became friends and started dating before I really understood he was Mormon. I remember being kind of shocked that he was so "normal". I asked a lot of questions and would spend hours arguing with him about his beliefs. But he had spent 2 years as a missionary, so he was very patient with me. When I was alone I would reflect on what he had to say. Months later I finally asked him for a Book of Mormon. He gave one to me and told me some parts to read. When I was home for Christmas, I read Moroni 10:5with a completely open heart. Nothing has ever hit me with such pure truth straight to my heart. I was overcome. I knew at that moment that the Book of Mormon was truly the word of God. Then I slowly processed the logic of that--what it would mean because I knew I needed to be in a church that believed in it...and that left only one option. To become a Mormon. That decision was easy to make, but hard to accept. I had a lot of life changes to make. And I knew my family would take it hard. But I knew it was true. It got a lot harder later because a few months after I was baptized that wonderful guy dumped me. I found support through friends at church. My family wasn't making things easier. They accused me of joining a cult among other things. Old friends tried to get me to drink, not understanding my new lifestyle. But I tried my best to move forward. Things did work out in the end, and I married that "guy" in the temple. Being Mormon is the best decision I have ever made or ever will make. Living the gospel gives me such happiness and strength.

How I live my faith

I work with the young children at church (ages 12 and under). I spend time each week preparing and organizing their sunday school classes and lessons. I also "visit teach" other women in our church. We strengthen each other. I try to be an example to everyone I come into contact with by having a friendly attitude and smile. I live in a small community, so all my actions are carefully watched. I like to think of myself as "a light" unto others. That light to me is the example of Christ.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Lori.
For me it is through prayer and studying the scriptures. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Lori.
I had someone tell me I'd hate being mormon because of the male dominance. Quite the opposite is true. Men hold the priesthood, but women hold motherhood. Even women who can't/don't have children are respected and valued. Men and women are absolutely equal in value. We just believe in traditional roles if it is possible in the home. I'm an extremely independent woman, and I love my church and never feel like I'm put down in any way. Instead in my role as a woman, I am supported, glorified, and respected. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Lori.
It does sound a little weird until it is clear that everyone who ever lived on earth needs to be baptized. We stand as proxies for those people. It's up to them to accept it. You don't loose your free will even after you go to "the other side" (die). Show more Show less

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

Lori.
General principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They start small and build. They answer questions, etc. They can also introduce you to members in the area. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Lori.
It's the women's organization in our church. We focus on chariatable works and learning more about the gospel and how we can grow as women. We have a separate women's Sunday school each week. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Lori.
Without a Savior, we cannot return to live with our Heavenly Father because we needed someone to overcome death and sin. Without a Savior, there is no repentence, which we need to overcome our mistakes. He suffered all for us--all our sins and our sicknesses. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Lori.
We save money so our kids can go on missions. If people don't have enough, others pitch in. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Lori.
Nope. I have tons of friends who aren't mormon. In fact, most of my friends aren't. We help anyone anywhere, but especially in our own local areas. Our church does a lot of humanitarian work too. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Lori.
They are just names for areas based on number of members of the church, so they vary in size. Think of a stake as a state and the wards and branches like counties. My stake is made up of a bunch of wards and branches. My branch is a smaller version of a ward...we don't have very many people. In Utah there are tons of stakes and wards. In fact, a few blocks could be a ward because of numbers, whereas our branch area covers 250 square miles because we live in a very rural area. Show more Show less