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Hi I'm Lori

I am a fourth-generation Idahoan. I have a full and happy life. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Although it may appear that I have lived in Idaho my entire life, I really only began and landed here! I have lived in six different states: Idaho, Utah, Kentucky, Nebraska, Missouri, and New Mexico. I have loved the many experieces I have had in each of these places, but I am thrilled to call Idaho my home. This state holds a special place in my heart because of the beautiful scenery, the changing seasons, the wide open spaces, and the small, friendly population with the big heart! I often feel like the luckiest girl in the world because I have been blessed with an honorable husband and six healthy children. What a blessing it is to have my biggest challenge in life be "With all of my blessings, how can I help someone else today?"! It hasn't always been that way though. One of my most difficult challenges was when my husband served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004-2005. He was gone for over 16 months and it was a very lonely time. However, now that it is behind me, I can appreciate all I learned while he was gone. I learned how strong I really am; I learned compassion for others going through times of loneliness, and I learned how to rely on the Savior to buoy me up when all I really wanted to do was sink into a depressing funk.

Why I am a Mormon

Perhaps a better question would be: Why are you STILL a Mormon? I was "born and raised" in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although I did develop my own ideas and feelings about its truthfulness as a child, there came a time when I had to decide how strong those ideas and feelings really were. I decided that what I did know was that my happiest times were when I was obeying the principles I was taught as a child. When I didn't follow those standards, I had feelings of confusion and low self-worth. So I determined I would continue to live the principles taught by the church, and although it has not always been easy, it has been worth it. As an adult, my feelings grew into a testimony - a stronger testimony anyway. I came to know, through the power of the Holy Spirit and by continually trying to keep the commandments of my Heavenly Father, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He atoned for my sins, shortcomings, and even my pain and other difficult feelings. I know that He has a love for me personally - that the Atonement was not just a blanket act - but an undertaking for each of us as individuals. I don't understand it completely, but I know that it has worked in my life.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, I try to be my children's teacher. I want to pass on to them the knowledge that I have learned so that they too can make an informed choice about how to live their lives. I certainly hope and pray that they will come to the same conclusion that I did as a young adult: living the standards that our church teaches us makes for a joy-filled life. I also enjoying working in the children's organization in our church, supplementing the teachings that the children learn at home by teaching them in a classroom setting. I especially enjoy teaching them through music - our church has a wonderful collection of music that helps us learn gospel principles and also feel the power of the Holy Spirit as we sing. I have made many of my friends through our church's women's association. We have a special watchcare system where we look after and friendship each other and it is the best way to make friends - especially with people you might not think you have much in common with!