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Hi I'm Lori

I’m a family manager, an actor, a singer, an improviser, and a reader. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

It's a challenge to fit me into a paragraph, but here's a sampling of my various roles. I'm a wife and mom, with 1 husband, 2 sons, 3 daughters, all beloved. I'm an actor--recent shows include 3 British comedies, 2 musicals, tons of fun. I'm a sometime folk musician with a family band, currently on hiatus. I'm a knitter, getting back to it after many years, enjoying watching something warm and beautiful grow within my hands. I'm an inventor of recipes, improvising and always searching for healthy things to feed family and friends. I'm a frugal fanatic, working out how to do things more efficiently, more cheaply, using stuff stashed in the barn. I'm an avid reader, because books open up my world in so many new directions. Perhaps most importantly, I'm a child of God, with a fierce desire and determination to fulfill my divine potential.

Why I am a Mormon

I can break this up into two parts. I have a deeply spiritual conviction that the faith I follow is the way that God wants me to go. I believe that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father, and that when Fathers send their kids on long and difficult journeys, they do everything they can to prepare them with what they're going to need. I believe God has a plan for each of us, and the gospel of Jesus Christ is a vital part of that plan. I believe that commandments from God are like guardrails on a dangerous mountain road--they help us to know where safety lies, and they protect us from danger. They also help us to develop and grow, in the same way that rigorous training builds endurance in an athlete or skill in a musician. In addition to this spiritual side, I think I'm a fairly practical person. I'm a Mormon because living this way works better than any other way I've observed. Over the years I've considered various philosophies and spent time with lots of smart people, and I've never seen anything worth moving on for. Everything we need to become better people, dearer friends, stronger families, more effective leaders and citizens, it's all here. And every true idea in the world can get along with the truths already expressed in the gospel. It is a wonderful feeling to know that I don't need to wander around looking for truth--I just need to work hard at internalizing and using it, and becoming a truer disciple of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My faith forms a vital part of my life with my family. We pray together daily, we spent a few minutes together reading scriptures, we have a weekly family night where we sing, have a short gospel discussion, do an activity, and eat some fun treat. Spending private time in prayer and scripture study helps me stay centered. My faith guides my choices, and helps me see my mistakes. As part of a congregation, I have lots of opportunities to love and serve, and enjoy the love and service of others. Over the years I've taught adults, children and young people, led the choir, and been in charge of the women's organization in the church. I've been part of the council that oversees the running of the congregation, and I've been in charge of activities. I've trained new teachers and leaders of my own and other congregations. Currently I serve with 3 other women overseeing the running of the children's groups in 9 area congregations. I've learned and grown through these interactions, but some of the most meaningful experiences in the church happen on a much smaller scale. The church has a sort of buddy system--every family has one or two men assigned to make sure they're okay, visiting frequently, checking on them when there's a storm, helping to carry the new couch into the living room, sharing counsel and advice. Every woman in the church has two women who visit often and minister to her, bringing a meal to her family when she's sick, watching her kids when she has a dentist appointment, etc. Very often when I hear a story about people in the community who are going through a difficult time or facing some tragedy, I think how much better their situation would be if they had been fortunate enough to enjoy the network of support that we're part of in the church. It's a great blessing.