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Hi I'm Lori

I was born and raised on the west coast. I am a convert to the church and can hardly imagine life today without it.

About Me

I'm 38 yrs. old and I've been married for almost 12 years. I have two children, a boy and a girl. I've been a member of the church for 11 years. I work full time so I have a busy life trying to keep up with my kids, my marriage and my home. I am not too crafty or creative, but I sure love the times I get to spend with my kids drawing with chalk on the sidewalk, kicking around a soccer ball or hiking/walking outdoors with my family. 

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a wonderful family with two loving parents and an older sister. My parents were not of the same faith so we never attended church together as a family. Although we didn't attend church together as a family, we spent every night together as my sister and I both grew up in competitive roller skating. I never realized how blessed I was to have both parents around all the time. It wasn't until I hit my early twenties that I began to feel something was missing in my life. Although I never actively seeked religion , I often felt empty and/or alone during difficult times in my life. My dad's health began declining while I was only a junior in high school and my mom's shortly after. At 22 my grandma died and that was what really put me over the edge!! I really felt a need to pray but to who and how? I had been exposed to my father's faith catholic from about age 6 to maybe age 10 during weekly religious classes however, nothing I learned there ever provided the knowledge of how to pray other than the prayers you were expected to memorize. I felt angry and frustrated at the loss of grandma and within 3 months I was told my mom had only six months to live. Fortunately, I had more than the six months with my mom and for that I will be forever grateful because that allowed her to meet my future husband and create a bond between the two of them. I ultimately invited myself to church with my husband boyfriend of 18 mos. at the time who was an inactive member and had been for 6 or 7 years. We attended a funeral together of another faith and it really hit me hard that what might be missing was church in my life. With a little reluctance, we attended our first meeting Thanksgiving weekend of 1998. My first experience was not the best mostly because I got sick during the first hour of the 3 hour meeting block and had to leave. I did meet some sister missionaries later that week at a Relief Society meeting. I innocently made my first appointment with absolutely no knowledge of what missionaries were. I can remember with clarity the first appointment because the most pressing question I had up until this point was how to pray. When the sister's taught me about the Prophet Joseph Smith during the first meeting and I learned about his first prayer I knew that his story was true. I remember how grateful I was that I was taught in the first appointment not only how to pray, but that it was appropriate to begin each prayer with feelings and thoughts of gratitude. That was the missing ingredient - I only felt like praying when times were tough and it never felt right because I couldn't imagine asking for help when in my mind I'd done nothing to deserve it. I have learned since then that prayer is the foundation of my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that by making the choice to come to earth, receive a body and live according to His commandments, I will be blessed in ways I never could imagine. These days, when times get tough, I don't feel alone or concerned about whether or not anyone will understand my trials because I know with all my heart that the Savior, Jesus Christ died not only for my sins...but for my sorrows. He suffered an agonizing death so that he could heal me from the wounds I would not only receive but inflict upon others. I love Him for that and know I will never be alone again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily!! I find great comfort in knowing that with each passing day that I follow the teachings of the gospel that I am entitled to answers to my prayers and continual guidance. I do my best to live the gospel in thought, action and deed. I am truly amazed at how much my children learn simply by observing the example of my husband and I. I have to admit that having children often times feels like being under a magnifying glass and if you're careless in your own actions and they conflict in any way from what you've been teaching them, your children will certainly tell you without hesitation what they've examined. I strive to read the scriptures daily, hold family prayer morning and night and express my love and gratitude to those I cherish most.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Lori
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is a companion to the Holy Bible and testifies of the truthfulness of the Savior Jesus Christ and His teachings. The Book of Mormon accompanies the bible and those teachings contained within both the old testament and new testament. The Book of Mormon was written by prophets just as the bible and offers each of us the opportunity to learn about how the prophets of old faced many of the same challenges we do today. An open invitation to come unto Christ is found throughout the pages of the Book of Mormon. We can find peace, comfort and direction for the many difficulties we find on earth today.   Show more Show less