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Hi I'm Lori

I'm a happy person with two beautiful kids and one loving and supportive husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom with many hobbies! I like to bake, sing, read, paint, shop, talk, work on a million craft projects at once, "research" on the internet, work out with my hubby, go on date nights, visit Chick-fil-a, dream about vacations, etc. Some things I want to get into: photography, sewing, and possibly running a 5K (I know, weak right? A 5K? But that's a start for me).

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have come to know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for myself. I know they love me. I know they love every one. I know that because they are loving by nature, they have given us a way to return to live with them in heaven. They have given us a plan and a way. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ leads us to happiness and to eternal life if we follow the commandments of God and live as Christ has lived and would live if He were walking right next to us. I can't fully express the depth of this truth and how it hits me at the core. I sometimes feel inadequate and wonder how I can share the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with others. But I also know that I want to share my beliefs so every person can feel of His love. Living the gospel brings me the greatest happiness I have ever known. There's no other way I could feel so happy, complete, hopeful... I love my Savior. I love all that He did for me. I love that He continues to be by my side-- when I call on Him, when I'm struggling, and when I just need to feel Him there. Being a Mormon is who I am. It's not just a belief in something, it's a truth and a way of living and understanding life. It brings me so much happiness and hope.

How I live my faith

My husband and I have a church calling to teach the 9 year olds every week. It's fun and challenging! This year, we are studying the Old Testament. We love seeing how they light up about different stories, and it amazes us to see how much they know about the scriptures already! I don't think I knew that much about the Book of Mormon or the Bible at such a young age. We really enjoy teaching them. It's a lot of fun. I also get to go about once a month to visit another sister in my ward and see how she's doing. Two of us pair up and go together to do our visits. We just chat about life! It's fun to get to know her and really have an interest in what's going on in her life. We all get busy and sometimes it's hard to connect up, but we always enjoy talking with each other and sharing our feelings on the gospel when we share a short, encouraging gospel message with her. Another thing I like to do is connect with a few girls that live by me and get together to work on a project every week or two. Sometimes we'll bake something, another time we'll make a craft... It's a lot of fun! We just get together at someone's house, bring our kids (if we have kids...), and enjoy a few hours of fun.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Lori
Yes. We wholeheartedly believe the Bible to be the word of God and to be Holy Scripture. In fact, this year we've been teaching stories from the Old Testament to our class of 9 year olds (the whole year has been focused on the Old Testament). We have 13 Articles of Faith that tell what our beliefs are. The 8th Article of Faith states: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Lori
No, Mormons do not practice polygamy. Anyone that practices polygamy is not a member of the Mormon Church. They may call themselves a "Fundamentalist" or something associated with the word "Mormon," but they are not a part of the Mormon Church. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Lori
Everything around me tells me there is a God. The beauty of the earth, the intricate details that go into genetics and life, the miracle of creating a child. There are so many things that denote there is a God, but what truly helps me know that there is a God is the feeling I get in my heart. I know there's a God. There's no doubt in my mind. He's a loving God. He loves you and me. He is real and He knows us individually. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Lori
No, in fact there's a really cool story I remembered about a man who needed to move a 400 pound fountain and didn't know where he could get the help to move it. His neighbor was an LDS man and was able to get all of the help that they needed. Here is the full story: Jeffery Niven, “Moving the Fountain,” Ensign, Jun 2010, 28 My next-door neighbor recently invited me over to his backyard to see some changes he was making. He had already constructed a small pond and lined it with rocks. A sculptured stone fountain, which needed to be placed in the center of the pond, was sitting on the grass next to it. My neighbor explained to me how the water from the pond would eventually be pumped up through the fountain and spill over into the pond. As I reached over to the large sculpture and attempted to move it back and forth, I quickly realized how heavy it was. “About 400 pounds (181 kilograms),” my neighbor volunteered, reading my mind. “I need to figure out a way to lift the fountain and place it carefully in the center of the pond.” I listened as he suggested some of the methods he had been considering to move the fountain. He had thought about hiring a crane to lift it over the edge of the pond and carefully lower it into position. The solution seemed obvious to me. “Why don’t you just get a bunch of guys to lift it up and put it where you want it?” My neighbor’s response to my suggestion made me realize how blessed I was to be a member of the Church. He looked at me and asked, “Where would I find that many men who would be willing to help me?” A lump of gratitude formed in my throat as I gratefully responded, “You name the date and time, and I will get all the men you need.” Before I left, we discussed how he would construct a wooden framework around the sculpture to allow at least 10 men to lift it. A few days later, at the appointed time, men and young men from our ward Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthood quorums arrived to help a man they had never met. My neighbor had finished building the wooden frame that would allow the large group of men to get a firm grip and lift the heavy sculpture. Under my neighbor’s direction, these brethren easily lifted the heavy fountain and placed it gently in its prepared location. The job took less than 10 minutes. Everyone shook my neighbor’s hand and offered further help. This was a spiritual experience for me, for the ward members, and for my neighbor. We may sometimes take for granted the blessings we receive from being a part of a ward. Being surrounded by a ward family filled with love and a willingness to serve and help each other is just one of those blessings. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Lori
It's like living your life, but with so much purpose and love. I honestly feel like that. We all get up and have the same obligations or things to do every day, whether or not we are members of the Mormon Church. Being a member of the Mormon Church just adds to life and brings so much happiness with it. As a member, I participate in a lot of activities that are organized by the Church. I go to my meetings every Sunday. I try to pray to Heavenly Father every morning and night, and at every meal. I read my scriptures and try to do it every day (whether it's the Bible, Book of Mormon...). I surround myself with clean and pure things, being careful of the things I watch or listen to. I don't drink or smoke. I just find a lot of happiness in living a simple life and following God's commandments. Show more Show less

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

Lori
Yes, that is a beautiful truth! A husband and wife can be together forever in heaven, and they can live forever with their children, too, if they have any. Show more Show less