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Hi I'm Lorinda!

I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a wife, mom to four, and grandma to almost eight grandchildren! I like to volunteer, help at church and attend college part-time. Some of my favorite projects include blogging, genealogy, scrapbooking, writing my personal history and reading but I also enjoy learning new things on the computer, exercising, traveling with my husband, talking with friends and having family get-togethers.

Why I am a Mormon

I came from a wonderful family! My father is not a Mormon. My mother was not active in the Mormon faith when she married my Dad. But when they started having children, my mother began thinking more deeply about her religious background. She didn't want her children to be raised without a religion. She decided she would study some religions but since she was a Mormon already she decided to start with her own faith. She read and studied and prayed about the Book of Mormon and learned for herself that it was from God. She wanted to return to church but my Dad wasn't interested. It was hard for her to bring five young children to church by herself but she did it....for many years. While both of my parents were wonderful and wise there was something special about my mother...something that made me want to be like her. She had great faith and trusted in God. There was no problem, large or small, in her life that she didn't take to God in prayer. There was a spirit about her that touched not only our family, but her friends and our neighbors as well. I wanted to know the things she knew so, when I was a teenager, I read and studied the Book of Mormon and I received my own answer that it was true. I guess I could say that I am a Mormon because of "her decision" to search for the truth. I could also say that I am a Mormon because I saw her live her faith in our home. And I can also rightfully say that I am a Mormon because I learned it was true for myself.

How I live my faith

I like to help other people. I think that is probably the most important way to show my faith in Christ.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Nope! Like many others, we believe that helping others is following Christ's example. And like Christ, we help all kinds of people not only member's of our own faith. Our own family has helped in projects that have improved our community. We have helped in soup kitchens, we've helped neighbors recover from hurricane damage and spent time in the South removing damaged wood and drywall after Hurricane Katrina's devastation. We have spent time with the elderly and the sick. And where we couldn't help in person, we have donated money to help nations in their recovery from disasters. We believe we are all children of God--- no matter who we are or where we live or what we believe. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Our main worship service is called Sacrament meeting and visitors are always welcomed. We worship God and Jesus Christ through prayer, through the singing of hymns, partaking of the sacrament (which other faiths sometimes call communion) and we listen to some talks given by members of the congregation. One thing that may seem different to visitors is that families worship together so even babies are in Sacrament meeting. The service may seem a little noisy to visitors but we are used to children and we know that it is important that they participate and learn to show reverence and respect for God. Visitors may also find it strange that members of the congregation give the sermons instead of a pastor or minister. While the leader of a congregation, known as the Bishop, is at Sacrament meeting, he is not paid to preach. Our church has a lay ministry which means our leaders and members volunteer or are asked to serve in a particular position for a time but no one is paid. Speaking of money, visitors should know that no donation plate will be passed. Mormons tithe and make other donations but this is not done in Sacrament meeting. Visitors may also notice that members are dressed nicely for church in that men wear dress shirts and ties and women wear dresses or skirts. Many visitors to our meetings come in slacks and they are welcomed just the same but I mention this because as a visitor, you may feel more comfortable if you know what to expect. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

In that we believe in Jesus Christ and in his atonement for all people, you can expect that the missionaries will share their feelings about him. They will also explain why we are on the earth and where we go when we die and why faith in Jesus Christ is paramount to everything else. They will also listen and respond to questions that you have...even questions that have gone unanswered for years. The missionaries will bring a special feeling into your home even if they come just once. I Invite you to ask them in! Show more Show less