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Hi I'm Lori!

I grew up in California. I graduated High School at age 16 and have a degree in Psychology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college with a Psychology degree and even though my career has led me in a different direction I still love the topic and hope to pursue it more someday! I am married to a wonderful man and we currently have no children, although we'd like to have some one day. We've had some trials with health in our young marriage but even though they bring daily challenges, we've learned and grown so much that I wouldn't want them taken away. We've lived in the Bay Area California, the Midwest, and now Arizona! I have many hobbies including reading, organizing, blogging, watching movies, and cooking!

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Mormon Church at 3 years old, when my parents were baptized, so I've been involved with it since I can remember. I continue to attend and participate as an active member because I know that it teaches the truth and I can't imagine my life without it. I've long had an understanding of the beauty and simple truth of the Mormon Church but it was really cemented in my soul in 2008. I was engaged to an amazing man and 3 weeks before the wedding he was admitted to the hospital. The doctors told us he had stage 4 cancer with a matter of months to live. This was obviously devastating to us and our families but instead of blaming God for our trials we turned to Him for comfort, and found it. Because of this church we were, in a way, prepared for this trial and knew what to do spiritually to deal with our grief and pain; we had an immediate support network of ward members to help us with things like meals and visits, we had, in addition to the Bible, another set of scriptures to read in order to help us gain an understanding of God's will for us, and we had knowledge of the Savior and his atoning sacrifice to guide and sustain us. I believe in the Mormon Church for these reasons and so many more.

How I live my faith

One way I consistently live my faith is through attending church each Sunday. I enjoy attending church because of the Spiritual uplift it gives me as I go throughout the week. Also, it's nice to be able to have spiritual discussions with others and have the opportunity to learn and build my testimony on a weekly basis. Another way I live my faith is through something called Visiting Teaching where I have the chance to visit other women once a month to catch up and make sure they are doing well and to help them if they need anything. It's a great program of this church because it gives me the opportunity to not only meet other women in my ward, but allows me to provide service if needed, which can be a great blessing. Each position in the Mormon Church (known as "callings") is done on a volunteer basis. I've had the opportunity to serve in many callings from teaching Sunday School to children to being Secretary for the youth girls' group, to planning fun social activities for the ward. Each calling has given me the chance to learn something new and get to know different groups of people. They have helped me to realize skills and abilities I didn't know I had and given me confidence to do new things I might not have done otherwise.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is a set of commandments to help us live in the healthiest way we can. We are taught to avoid many of the vices that people struggle with today and it allows us to live free from addiction to alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and coffee and tea. It also teaches us how to be healthy in what we eat and our activities. Many people think of the Word of Wisdom as constricting and I always wish I could explain to them how freeing it actually is! The most interesting thing about the Word of Wisdom is that Joseph Smith was given this law so many years ago and now there is research showing the benefit of living this way. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith. Our church is called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints meaning we believe we are the church of Jesus Christ in modern times. We worship the Savior and God our Heavenly Father. Joseph Smith restored Christ's church to the earth and so we honor him as our first Prophet in the modern days in a similar way we would honor Moses or Abraham or other prophets as taught in the Bible. Show more Show less