What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Lorri

I was born in CA, but spent a large chunk of my life in FL. I now attend college full-time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mother of 8 children while only 6 were born. I am a full-time college student working to get my degree in Biology with a teaching certificate for high school. I am the oldest of 11 children. My mother and father had 2 children together, then divorced. My mother went on to have 4 more children, and my father went on to add 5 more. My children are 3, 7, 12, 13, 15 & 15; and are currently being home-schooled. I prefer living in a more rural setting with lots of trees and animals that provide for us. I love to garden, read, play with my kids and spend quality time with my husband.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. My dad was a member of the bishopric several times in my life. When I was nine, I chose to go live with my mother. She was inactive since their divorce. I thought I was lucky because my other siblings had to go to church and I didn't. I went back every so often when I visited my dad. I wasn't very comfortable and most times felt like I didn't fit in or belong. After my husband and I lost our 6th and 7th babies before they born, I decided to try church again. We started attending just before Christmas in 2007. Several people in the ward worked very hard to make us comfortable. For the first time ever I actually enjoyed going to church. In April of 2008 the church boundaries were changed and we had to change to a new ward with only 2 other families we had barely known. As of January 1, 2011 these "new people" in this little branch ARE my family. The gospel and their love has shown us what FAMILY means. My 2 oldest sons are in the Aaronic priesthood, my oldest daughter is in Young Women and my next 2 daughters are still in Primary. My miracle baby is only 2 years old and he loves to go to church and play in the nursery with his friends. Our lives have been blessed in more ways than I can count. My mother even became active again, and her husband joined the church as well. Now instead of just enjoying church, I actually look forward to it...I can't imagine not going, even for just 1 Sunday! The Lord, His gospel and the church are my path to a long, loving, blessed life!

How I live my faith

Not too long after I came back to church, I was called to be a Primary teacher. I taught the little ones ages 3-7 for over 2 years. In March of 2010, I was released from that calling and called as Activity Chairman. My duties were to plan activities for our branch to do on a monthly basis. These included picnics, holiday festivities and such. Then in the summer I was also called to be a Secretary to the ladies' class better known as Relief Society. In this calling I record the goings on in Presidency meetings, keep the attendance and recently we added a monthly newsletter for the Sisters.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Lorri
Only those people that are prepared can enter the Temple. If you look at it like this, it is easier to see and understand. We have many wonderful colleges all over the country. If a person did not finish high school then one day wanted to go to Duke or Princeton would they be allowed simply because they want to see what it's like? No. First they have to take steps to prepare him or herself. They must in some way finish high school and then start at a junior college level. Gradually they work themselves up to a knowledge level that makes it acceptable to attend these places. Are they forever barred because they did not finish high school? No, they simply must show the colleges that they are ready to handle the information about to be shared. Our Temple are the same. No one person is barred from the Temple. All those who follow the steps and gain the knowledge level needed are welcome. There are no secrets. Just things important enough to us to keep them sacred and share them only with those that are ready to understand. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Lorri
Simply ask with a sincere heart. Reading the Book of Mormon with an open mind and earnest heart, then ask the Lord if it is true. This is true of all points, principles and doctrines of the church. If ever you doubt, ask the Lord. Show more Show less