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Hi I'm Lorie

I grew up in Arizona. I played volleyball and softball in college. I completed school as an adult and graduated. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to learn and am an avid reader. Taking care of my physical health through proper nutrition and exercise is important to me.  I have studied nutrition and have used what I've learned extensively as members of my family are diagnosed with celiac sprue. I enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking the nearby mountain trails. In the past few years I have learned how to conduct choirs and enjoy putting together musical programs. Even though I have a choir voice and I tinker on the piano, I have been part of some very rewarding musical experiences. One of my favorite things to do is to teach. Whether it is on a ball field or in the classroom, there is no greater joy than to see someone's face light up when they finally get something they have been struggling to learn. Before I used my skills to contribute to the community, I practiced them at home with my family. They are my most patient supporters. I am a wife, a mother of four, and a grandmother.

Why I am a Mormon

I was originally a Mormon because my family was. I stay a Mormon however, because as I study and pray for myself, I recognize the truth of what I am learning. I crave a life full of meaning. Knowing that I am a child of God and that He has a plan for me on this Earth gives me that meaning. Why is there an earth? What is the reason for being? How should we treat other people? Does it matter what I do? Being a mormon and studying the doctrine contained in the scriptures and the words of the living prophets answers all of these questions for me. When there is something I do not understand or have a hard time believing, then I choose to have the faith to live the precepts. As I try out the doctrine for myself, the truth of it is gradually made known to me. I stay a mormon because I have found peace in living the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I pray, I feel God's spirit. As I search for answers in the scriptures, I find them. As I attend weekly church services, I am strengthened. As I involve myself in the programs of the church, I become a better person. I have found Jesus and have come to know Him. I have come to know myself better too. A few years ago my mother died of Paget's disease which is a form of cancer. This was the most horrible thing that had happened to me up to that point in my life. The next morning after her death I was faced with this question: Will I ever see her again? As a child I had been taught of the resurrection of all mankind. I had always believed there was life after death. Now that this crisis was upon me, it tugged on that previously untested belief. Was it really true for me? It only took a few moments for me to determine that I really did believe what I had been taught all my life. Yes, I would see my sweet mother again. Not only would I see her again, but she would still be my mother. I know for myself this church is true. I invite all people to find this out for themselves.

How I live my faith

One of the most wondeful things about being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the opportunities given to all for service and personal development. Currently I serve as the music chairman over several congregations. I have the opportunity to help pick out music and get it ready for conferences and holiday programs. I also train those in music positions that need help. I have participated in funeral arrangements and weddings. Through giving this service I have learned how to put together programs, organize, and many practical aspects of using music in a church service. I have been touched by the help I receive through prayer to my Heavenly Father. I feel I really don't have the know how to do what I do, but somehow through prayer things turn out all right. In the past I have been asked to help in the youth program, the program for the children, in teaching Sunday School, the sports program, and in the organization for the women. Each of these "callings to serve" have helped me to grow and develop in ways I would not have otherwise done. I have learned how to stand in front of groups of people and talk. I have learned how to organize. I have learned how to teach. I have learned how to lead music. Mostly what I have learned through all the opportunities of service that being a member of the church has given me--is what it really means to love others. As I think of others and what they need before thinking of myself, I begin to understand how Jesus loves us. All these unpaid opportunities to serve is changing me to be a better person. I am happy to have a place in which to contribute. There is room in this church organization for even the smallest of contributions. I am happy to be accepted with all of my flaws and imperfections and yet still be allowed to help others. I continue to make great friends and have joyful experiences as I serve and help others.