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Hi I'm Lora

Mother to an angel with Anencephaly, blogger, and primary teacher; I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 22 years old and married to an incredibly sweet man. I am currently pregnant with our second child. Our first had a birth defect called Anencephaly and survived outside of the womb for 4.5 days - a miracle! She is our little angel, and we are thankful we had that short time with her. I also have a three year-old step-daughter. I am the oldest of four biological children (I have many step-siblings both older and younger) and very used to moving around. I've lived in many states, including Washington, Pennsylvania, Texas, Nevada, Iowa, Idaho (for a year of schooling at BYU-Idaho) and Missouri. My husband and I are primary co-teachers for the 4 year-olds in our ward. I enjoy the challenge of teaching their busy minds the Gospel, and especially love sharing the responsibility with my husband (who is great with kids!) I am very open and willing to answer pretty much any question out there, whether it be about my daughter, my marriage, my faith, anything. I really just love to answer questions so ask away! I also have a couple of blogs I write on regularly - feel free to check them out!

Why I am a Mormon

Some people would think I'm a Mormon because my parents raised me in the church... but my parents didn't force me to go to an LDS school, and can't force me, from miles away, to go to church every Sunday, read my scriptures, or pray. In fact, my family rarely read their scriptures, prayed, had peaceful family activities, etc. When I started praying regularly, it was because I wanted to, and the same goes for reading my scriptures, attending church, etc. I wanted to learn the truth for myself - to know what I'd been saying I believed in all my life and really understand where my place in life is. I love this Gospel. It has changed my life in ways which are too precious for words, and I have seen it working in the lives of those around me. I'm a Mormon because I have received my own personal witness that this Gospel is the truth, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet in our time and that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, walked the earth 2,000 years ago and lives today. These truths define who I am and how I live my life every single day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending my ward each Sunday, praying and studying with my husband and on my own, and magnifying my calling as a primary teacher as much as possible. I've also recently gotten access to many Church history books, and I've enjoyed reading them too. Currently, I'm reading "Prophets of the Latter-Days." It's really interesting learning about past prophets of the church and realizing that they were, indeed, human. What a relief! I also try to be an example through my actions. I don't drink, smoke, dress immodestly, swear, etc. I am trying to exemplify my Lord and Savior in my actions as much as possible. Thankfully, the new Kansas City, MO temple was just dedicated on May 6, 2012 and I've already had the opportunity to attend! We will be going monthly, as much as we can. The temple is a place of service, inspiration, and peace and we're blessed to have one so close!