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Hi I'm Lorie

I have recently moved to AL fom MD and am beginning to love the south! My summer goal is to learn to make an awesome Jambalaya!

About Me

I am a member of a "mixed-family", being that I am a Mormon, and my husband is not. I am a wife, mother, student, potential employee (lol), and I am an amatuer chef, artist, runner, (bad) dancer, inventor, etc! I have SO many interests and ideas! I am working on my finance degree. I grew up in Utah, and after high school, I moved to Colorado, where I met my husband. It seems like we have lived everywhere since then! When our daughter was about 6 months old, he joined the army, and I have literally moved 7 times in the past 5 years!

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in a very strong Mormon family, I wasnt always Mormon. There was about a two year period where I knew I wasnt representing the churches values, standards, and beliefs, so rather than misrepresent what a Mormon is, I was "raised Mormon". It took finding out that I was pregnant to get me back in church. I havent ever had a "Joseph Smith" experience. I havent had brilliant visions or outstanding manifestations telling me that the church is true, but I know that it is. The little things are what prove it to me, the silly meaningless miracles that occur every time I pray. Finding he car keys when they are lost, the printer that is out of ink working one last time to get that important page printed, finding the right place to live. my life is full of little miracles that i cant explain away as mere coincidence. I am a Mormon because I believe that it is my responsibilityto instill good values and morals in my children. I believe in being a positive member of my community, I believe in family, trust, love, acceptance, charity, and I know that mormons value these qualities, and standards too.

How I live my faith

I try to show that I believe what I say that I do through the way that I live. I really try to make an effort to be positive and forgiving, to be kind and compassionate. I try to volunteer when I can. I try to incorperate the values and morals that the church teaches into my life, and to reflect those in who I am. I help plan, organize, and excecute church activities for the 8 and 9 year old girls. It is so much fun to see their energy and excitement when they come to the activities! We recently made a giant food pyramid to teach the girls about nutrition and about the code of health that that the church promotes. We are excited about the family dance, and a yoga activity that we have coming up too!

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Lorie
A testimony is the personal witness that each member has received. This witness is in fact how they know that the church is true; Just as Joseph Smith prayed in the Sacred Grove and prayed to know which church was true and received an answer, we each can to receive an answer to our prayers. Generally our answer is a quiet calm and peaceful feeling in our heart and mind, a thought and a feeling of warmth and love reinforcing the answer- not a visitation from God or a Burning Bush(although in some cases these experiences do occur)! A testimony is how we each know for ourselves that the church is true, that God the Father and his son Jesus Christ love and know us. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Lorie
The Book of Mormon, as stated on the cover and on the title page, is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ". In other words, it is a companion to the Old and New Testaments. It is a history, a journal. The Book of Mormon tells the story of a small group of families who has been commanded to flee from Jerusalem, because it has been prophesied that the city will be destroyed. With God's direction, they travel through the wilderness and to the sea where a son named Nephi is given direction which he uses to build a ship. With this ship they are able to cross the ocean and build up a civilization in the Americas. The Book of Mormon narrates theirs and the histories of the subsequent civilizations as they build up cities, fight wars, rise and fall in their pride and humility. Besides being a history of the lives of the people and prophets, it is a record of the ancestors, a genealogical document. Although it came from an ancient document, the Book of Mormon was written for our generation. The lessons learned from reading the book of Mormon apply directly to the lives of you and I. It is imperative to realize that although it was translated by him, the Book of Mormon was not written by Joseph Smith. If one were to open and flip through the Book of Mormon they would see many different sections, each labeled: First Book of Nephi; Second Book of Nephi; Book of Jacob; Book of Enos; Book of Jarom.....and so on. Each book is a record written by the prophet or leader during a certain period of time. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Lorie
I smile every time that somebody asks me about Polygamy. It is one of the many many misconceptions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Although the practice of polygamy was practiced in the early days of the church, it was abolished in the late 1800's. During the brief period of time that polygamy WAS practiced, only a very very small percentage of the members of the church practiced polygamy. There is much speculation as to why the early Mormons participated in this practice. Some speculations include the fact that many of the biblical prophets, i.e. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc. had practiced polygamy. Many people believe that it was a means to guarantee the safety of many of the families who lost husbands and fathers during the arduous trek across the plains, but when it comes down to it, the fact of the matter is that it was commanded of God, and the Latter Day Saints trusted the Lord and obeyed the command. Although it is a part of their history, contemporary Mormons do not practice polygamy, and have not for over 100 years. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Lorie
Being a member of the church is great! There is a huge emphasis on family and love in the church, and my favorite thing about it is that no matter where in the world you attend, you are always made to feel welcome, and the message is always the same! There is a resounding feeling of support, love, and acceptance that comes from the fellow members, regardless of race, position, location, etc. Mormons try to see others as Christ or God would, and love them in the same manner. I have the confidence of knowing that no matter where I am, or what challenges I face, I am a daughter of God. no matter how alone I am, I know that somewhere close by there are other people who are facing the same challenges as I am, that I belong to a group of other people who know and have a testimony of the truthfullness of the gospel, like I do. Sometimes it can be a little bit hard or frustrating. A lot of people dont understand who we are. There are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation about the church, and it can hurt when people presuppose that those misconceptions are true. I have had people dislike me without knowing me because they knew that I am Mormon. But having had those experiences has reinforced in me the importance of not passing judgment toward others. The Pro's of being Mormon definitely outweigh the Con's! Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Lorie
 I don't only believe that there is a prophet 'like Moses' alive today, I totally believe that there is! I know it! It doesn't make sense to me that God would give the people in biblical times a prophet to help lead and guide them but not give us that same blessing! I mean, does he love us less, why would he do that? He wouldn't! He wants to help us to make the best decisions and help us become closer with and more like him, what better way to do that than give us a prophet to communicate to us the things that he needs us to know? I know that each and every prophet who has been the head of the church has been called of God. Show more Show less