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Hi I'm Lanette

I am married to my best friend. I'm a mom through the miracle of adoption. I find peace and strength in my faith. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Ever since I can remember, I have known that God lives and loves me. I was blessed to grow-up in a home where the gospel of Jesus Christ was taught, and my life has always revolved around it. For college I moved out of state and studied Advertising. In my sophomore year of college, I met my husband and we were married about a year after we met. We are very happy--he is my best friend. We struggle with infertility, but I feel like the difficulties we've faced have brought us closer to each other. I graduated a few years ago and worked as a market research specialist until we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl through the miracle of adoption. Life is truly wonderful. Even though things get tough sometimes, I know that no matter what, my father in heaven is watching out for me and that he cares.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, my parents were wonderful about fostering testimony-building experiences in our home. I always believed in God and felt the love of my Savior in my life. There were many experiences that helped to solidify my testimony from the time I was really young and throughout my life. One of the earliest such memories I have is from when I was probably about 6. Money was pretty tight, and my dad's car broke down at work. We drove to pick him up. I remember feeling adamant that the Lord would get his car to work if he tried once more. I told him I'd say a prayer, and his car would start. He agreed to try once more, and it started. It was one of those little miracles, and I knew that God heard my prayer. He is there. He cares. Even though our prayers are not always answered in the ways that we may hope, our Heavenly Father hears them. He loves us. I know this. He is all-knowing, and wants what is best for us. I am so grateful for prayer and for the scriptures especially the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that by reading it we will gain a greater understanding of what we need to do in this life to prepare to return to our heavenly parents. I'm so thankful for the communication we can all have with the Lord. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the mouthpiece of the Lord on the earth today. I know that we can be with our families forever, and I am so grateful for the sealing power of the temple, allowing me to be with my loved ones forever. I know that the atonement is real, and I am so grateful that Christ suffered for my sins so that I can be saved and reunited with my family after this life, for eternity.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a true follower of Jesus Christ every day. I am far from perfect, but I am always trying to be better. Reading the scriptures and praying every day helps to keep me on track to remembering my goals--to become a kinder, more Christlike person and to return to Heavenly Father when I die, and be with my family for eternity.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Lanette
No. We worship our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a prophet, like Moses or Noah in the Old Testament. We definitely respect him as a good man, but we do not worship him in any way. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Lanette
YES! Families can be together forever. If Shaun and I live the best lives we can, and stay true to the promises we've made to each other and the Lord, we believe that after we die, we will be together in heaven, forever after. We also believe that our children will be with us eternally too, whether they join our family through adoption or are born into our family. This is because of temples, which bind families together. In a world where we expect everything to have an ending, the knowledge that my relationship with Shaun, my parents, my brothers and sisters, and our children is eternal is so comforting. Show more Show less

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

Lanette
I think Mormon women are just as diverse and unique as women of other faiths, but most of the Mormon women I know are strong examples to me of faith and courage. I know that the women in my family--my mom, my grandmothers, and aunts and cousins--may all have varied personalities, from peppy to soft spoken and from down-to-earth to extremely dramatic--but they all share a strong love of God, of their husbands and children, and of learning more about Christ, his gospel, and his other children all over the world. They are all service-oriented, giving, and full of charity. The Mormon women I know are amazing! Yes Mormons believe in the equality of men and women! Both men and women are loved and valued equally by God, and both are equally important in families. I'm thankful to have a father who showed by example that he respects women through the way he respects and loves my mother. I married an amazing man who also treats me with love and respect and as an equal partner. He is fully invested as a husband and dad, and is the perfect example of what a real man should be. God loves all of his children and wants us to treat each other with love and respect, regardless of gender. Show more Show less