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Hi I'm Lorraine

I was born with spina bifida, I'm a crisis counsellor and musician. I faced many challenges in life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, my mother was told that I wouldn't live more than 24 hours. I was paralyzed from the neck down from the surgeries done on my back and was put in a body cast to my waist and a back brace. My mother was young when I was born and couldn't deal with the pressures of a severely disabled child, so I was taken from her and put in a foster home at age 3. I was adopted into an abusive family when I was almost 7yrs. I was given all that I needed to develope my talents, but there was no love. When I was 19 years old I was assaulted by someone I was dating. I left home shortly after because my mother threatened my life. It was at this time that I started working as a crisis counsellor. I knew that because of my life experiences I could help others through difficult times, because I had pulled through some very hard times myself. Shortly after I left home I fell into a very deep depression. I play 9 instruments and at the time because of the assault I was too badly injured to play any of them. I had no friends, and my family also left me. I prayed the most earnest prayer of my life because I didn't know what else to do. It was either pray or die of lonliness. Two days later, Missionaries came to my door, and as soon as I saw them I started to cry. I knew right away that this was the direction I was supposed to take. I am now teaching piano and singing. My calling is now in the Family History Center, and I've been doing that for 15 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an abusive environment and when I finally got away from that I felt very alone and isolated. I prayed very earnestly to Heavenly Father and asked Him what I should be doing with my life. I also made a promise to Him, I said to Him as long as You can tell me exactly what it is I need to do and make the answer really obvious to me that I could not possibly mistake it, then I would do whatever He asked me to do no questions asked. Two days later missionaries came to my door. I had never seen them before. I had never heard of the LDS church. However when I opened the door tears immediately came streaming down my face. I had an overwhelming feeling of peace. I told the missionaries at the door that I wanted to be a part of their church. Once they picked their jaws up off the floor, I invited them in and the rest is history. I was baptized shortly afterwards and have never looked back. I know that Heavenly Father answers all of our earnest prayers. He loves us and He has a plan for our lives if we only leave it in His hands and trust Him completely.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings in the church, I have been the ward choir director, family history consultant, I served a mini mission for 6 months, I was a stake missionary(this just means I served as a missionary in my ward/congregation) for 18 months. I have also been a visiting teacher visiting many of the sisters in our ward. I live the gospel by simply doing the basics, trying to keep a peaceful home, reading scriptures daily earnest prayer, bearing testimony to others as often as I can, teaching the gospel to friends and family and generally just trying to be a good example to everyone I come in contact with.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jesus was the perfect example of obedience when He was baptized. He did not need it because He was perfect. He was baptized because it was a commandment from Heavenly Father. From His perfect example we learn that baptism as well as other ordinances are nessecary for salvation. Many people however, died before having the chance to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and therefore could not be baptized. God is a loving and merciful Father and He loves all His children, He therefore provided a way for all His children to hear the gospel and to recieve the ordinance of baptism. He gave us temples so we can step in as proxies for our ancestors and be baptized for them. We believe that they will have a chance to accept or reject that ordinance that has been performed. Show more Show less

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

I know that there is a prophet like Moses alive today. Heavenly Father throughout history has chosen prophets to lead and direct his church on earth. A loving Heavenly Father would never allow those that are searching for truth to be left alone without anyone to teach and direct them. Because he loves His children the same today as he did in the times of Adam, Noah, Abraham etc. He has continued to give us prophets today that teach His gospel and direct His church. Joseph Smith was the prophet that restored the Lord's church to the earth, and today our prophet is Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

At baptism we are making covenants with our Heavenly Father to take the Saviors name upon us. This means we follow the Saviors example and try to emulate the things that He taught us by His example. The second covenant we make is to always remember Him. The third is to keep His commandments, and the last is to endure to the end, meaning that for the rest of our mortal lives we continually strive to do our best to follow all the commandments that He gave us. The reason for baptism is three fold. The first reason is to follow the example of the Savior (since he was baptised). The second is for remission of sins, and the third is to allow reception of the gift of the Holy Ghost. The only baptism that is recognized by Heavenly Father is one performed by one who has been given that authority by one who already has it. Even though Jesus was perfect, without sin, He was baptised to be obedient to His Heavenly Fathers law and to set the example for all of us. The method in which the Savior was baptised was by complete immersion, therefore that is how we also must be baptised. Babies and children under the age of accountability, which scriptures states is 8 years old, have no need of baptism. They are innocent because they have not fully comprehended the difference between right and wrong and baptism is for those apable of knowingly making that conscious choice. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

We can come to know Him by reading about Him in scriptures, and listening to prophets and apostles counsel and their testimonies of Him. We can also learn about Him through earnest prayer and obedience to all His commandments. We can also learn of Him by learning to recognize the promptings and feelings that come from the Holy Ghost that witness of Him and teach us about Him. For me I know when the Holy Ghost is teaching me something or bearing witness of the Father, I get a warm feeling in my heart and an 'energy' so to speak that sweeps through my whole body. I know from personal experience that when we do all of these things our hearts our minds and especially our spirits are opened and more receptive to learning of about our Heavenly Father and how to become more like Him. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

The difference between attending church and the temple is that churches or meeting houses are dedicated places where anyone members and visitors can come and worship the Lord, study together and partake of the sacrament, attend Sunday School, Priesthood, Relief Society(womens group) Young Men and Young womens programs and primary for young children. The temple is the House of the Lord and is the same as it was in the old Testiment times. It is a dedicated place where we perform sacred eternal ordinances and make covenants with our Father in Heaven. Because the Temple is a sacred place it is limited to members who are interviewed by proper priesthood authority and are found worthy through obedience to the commandments of God to enter. Show more Show less