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Hi I'm Dottie LaPierre

It's taken me a lifetime to build a home and I'm still not done...and, yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Child, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, student, wife, mother, grandmother, leader, follower, citizen, home builder, party planner, closet hermit, novice gourmet candy maker and baker, sometime health-nut, and gardener...I can't pick which label I enjoy most. Each one is an opportunity to associate with interesting people. Each is an opportunity to serve and bring out the nuggets of beauty in another. I love to watch the blossoming in people's lives. I love to see them beam as they realize how wonderful they are and discover that little bit of the divine that is within them. I love how they affect me in good ways. I am better because of the relationships developed in my diverse roles. Home making is what I do. A good home will be my greatest gift to society. From the walls of my home I hope to have sent into the world individuals who are strong, caring and who will bless the communities and individuals they interact with. I aspire to excel in building people. As Dickens' character lamented, "Mankind was my business." Is there any better business to be involved in?

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't start life as a member of the LDS church. It seemed to find me when I was ready for adulthood. I loved my church. I loved going to church with my family incluging my grandparents and great grandmother. There was a wonderfully warm feeling there. We were like family. I trusted the words of the gospel. The children's songs and the hymns rang through our home often. on family trips we entertained ourselves with singing. By the end of our travels we would be singing "church songs". These types off experiences punctuated that all was right in my world. Personal moments confirmed the existence of God ans His love and care for us. Life's demands increased and church attendance began to dwindle in our home until our church attendance became nonexistent. I felt a void in my life. I vowed that someday I'd marry a man who would attend church and our subsequent family would never miss a Sunday. During my senior year in high school our family was visited by missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. No one accepted their invitation at that time but my older brother shared a point with me that changed my decision four years later. He said, "If God could inspire men to write the Bible, why couldn't he inspire men to write the Book of Mormon?" Of course. I determined, " IF God had a church upon the earth, this would be His church." So, I asked God. The answer came from that familiar source from childhood. God heard me. He cared enough to answer.

How I live my faith

My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has filled my need to do good and to be around good people doing marvelous and interesting things even while making the world a better place. I've worked with small children, teenagers, men and women. Each individual has similar needs for attention and love. Those needs are met through instruction, deeds and service - theirs and mine. There is a line from the song "Funny Girl" that sums it all up for me, "People who need people are the luckiest people in the world." This Church provides me with an organized, and sometimes structured, venue to fill those desires to truly help others.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Dottie LaPierre
Faith in Jesus Christ implies an understanding that His way of relating to people is the best way to interact. Following His example in our homes and amongst our family and associates creates a more peaceful environment. We try harder to get along. We care for each other's well-being. When family members are united in this appreciation for the Savior, they are bound to common values and beliefs. It's easier to work together when we are committed to similar goals. Trusting God can help each family member to face challenges with hope and strength. Show more Show less