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Hi I'm Loryanne

I am a returned missionary. I am a student of life. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student from Texas, studying English. I served a mission in Montana. I love a wide variety of things such as dancing, singing, baking, drawing, working on cars, shooting, hiking, camping, and reading. I am so grateful for the many experiences I've had in my life! With each experience I see the hand of God in my life and I see how much He knows and loves me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon home, but as I've grown older I've developed a strong testimony of Christ's church for myself. I've learned that as I continue to follow Christ's example I feel more joy and peace in my life. I have seen the difference in life that comes from loving and serving the Lord. I know that I am happier with myself and those around me as I put the gospel of Jesus Christ first in my life.

How I live my faith

Each day I try to increase my faith by studying scriptures, namely the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I work on building my relationship with God through daily prayer. By attending church and remembering the promises I made with God when I was baptized, I continue to learn and grow. I also live my faith by sharing my testimony and serving all those around me. I love the Lord and I love His children. I try to live in a way that I could make my Father in Heaven proud.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Loryanne
Yes! The Bible is the word of God! But, we are told in 2 Corinthians that by "the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." The Book of Mormon serves to complement the Bible and to also testify of Jesus Christ. When a board is nailed down, if there were only one nail the board could still be swiveled around. The Book of Mormon serves as a second nail in that board, keeping the doctrines taught in the Bible in place. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Loryanne
 When Christ was on the earth he established his church. He had authority, also known as the priesthood, from God to perform the righteous works such as healing the sick,raising the dead, baptizing, and giving people the Spirit. He gave this priesthood authority to his apostles and built his church upon them, but when Christ was crucified and his apostles were martyred the base of Christ's church, the priesthood, was taken away. Then, like the bottom piece of a Jenga game getting pulled out, the fullness of his church was lost. Other churches rose up with pieces of truth from God, but without the priesthood set again Christ's church could never be fully developed. But now, because of his incredible love for us, that priesthood authority has been restored and the fullness of the church he built about 2,000 years ago is back on the earth! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Loryanne
 The doctrine of grace is just like grouting a tile floor. This may seem like a strange analogy, but let me explain. As I was helping someone grout the floor the visual of Christ's sacrifice hit me in a new way. In many Christian religions there is a belief that if you believe in Jesus Christ than you are saved. In essence that is like laying grout without putting any tiles down. Without the tiles there is no floor. So what are the tiles? Each action that we do, every time we follow the example of Jesus Christ and do what he asks, we lay a tile on the floor. But tile alone is not enough to make a floor. There are still gaps. The scriptures say that through grace we are saved "after all that we can do." We can't do it alone, just like that tile isn't enough. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ is that grout that fills in the cracks of our imperfections. We are saved through the grace of God, but it doesn't mean that we don't need to work ourselves. Show more Show less