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Hi I'm Lainie

I grow blackberries. I love to mow the lawn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a daughter of God. He has blessed me with 5 precious children and a wonderful husband. I enjoy the time spent with them doing whatever needs to be done. Some of my favorites include sports especially basketball, gardening, home imrovement projects, baking, and learning. I am a work in progress, ever learning, ever striving to grow. I love education. It is so fulfilling to awake each day ready to glean from it the lessons it has to offer me and to aid my children an those around me in the same. Life is indeed a beautiful journey.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because I have discovered for myself that the true gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. My favorite part of the gospel is that each of us can go to God in prayer and ask Him to answer our questions about truth, the scirptures and personal issues. Being a loving Father, He always answers in the way that is best for us. He has done this repeatedly in my life. I know of the power of Jesus Christ's sacrifice. I love the principle of repentance. As I stumble I know what to do, who to turn to, so that I can stand up, clean off the dust and press forward in my quest to return to live with God. Christ is my Savior. I love the scriptures, all of them. I love the purity of the Book of Mormon. It's teachings and stories come to my mind in times of need and direct me on my path of life. I feel especially blessed to know that Thomas S. Monson is our current Prophet on the earth today. Through him and the apostles I am given counsel and instruction that helps me navigate today's issues and circumtances. God has a plan for me, for all of us. I have so much peace in my life because of this knowledge. Because of this and so much more, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

 Currently I get to work with several interfaith groups in my community. We work with several congregations, faiths, and community organizations to prepare different events throughout the year such as a children's festival, a retreat for women in religious leadership, opportunities for individuals to visit different worship services of differing faiths in order to better understand beliefs and practices. I am also the Co-Den Mother for my son's Cub Scout group and an active member of the PTO at my children's schools. I also enjoy organizing our annual neighborhood street party. One of my favorite activities is being able to reach out to dear friends on a regular basis to see how they are doing and see if I can help them in any way. I feel so much comes from serving others. I know God wants us to serve one another. I also can say that I have been a blessed recipient of much love and service over the years.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

 No, not all Mormons are required to serve a mission. We are encouraged to always live so that we are prepared and worthy to serve a mission. Young men of the age 19 to about 25 are strongly encouraged to serve a mission. Young women also have the opportunity to serve from the age of 21 to about 25 if they would like to do so. I served a mission and it was a truly life changing experience. I feel so forunate to have had the opportunity to serve. Many people helped me prepare for and complete my full-time mission. I will always be indebted to them for their love and kindness. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

We all make mistakes that cannot be erased. We all have flaws that keep us from being worthy to enter God's presence. We need a Savior to allow us the opportunity to access His atoning power through obedience to His Laws and making sacred promises with Him which will cleanse us and make possible our purification and sanctification. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. He is a spirit. He testifies of all truth. He comforts us. After baptism into the church we receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. This means that as we make correct choices and desire it's companionship we can have the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Ghost with us at all times. Whenever we do anything that is not in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ the influence of the Holy Ghost is lost. We must sincerely repent and change in order to again have its presence with us. Show more Show less