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Hi I'm Lori

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I am Lori, and I am grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have wonderful children, and I am married to the best guy in the universe. I teach Communication at a university, and I am trying my hand at a home business. My husband and I make Steampunk things. Hanging out with my family has got to be on the top of my list of things I love to do. I also love to travel and learn new things. I am a Mama Dragon, a feminist advocate, and an activist. History is my passion, the future is my hope.

Why I am a Mormon

There are a lot of things I am before I am a Mormon. 😊 I am an individual woman first; a child of Heavenly and Earthly Parents; and I am a follower of Jesus Christ first. I am a spouse first, as I love my husband, and I promised my husband to walk beside him and love him every single day times infinity. I am a mother first to children that God has put in my care. This brings me a level of gratefulness and joy like I have never experienced anywhere else. I am a member of a family first that I have been blessed to have in my life. I am a Mormon because I really connected with the Articles of Faith. I grew up in a mixed faith family, and the idea that Eve had to take the blame for the fall of mankind did not sit well with me. I also love the idea of having personal revelation and a personal relationship with my Heavenly Parents. I love knowing that change will be part of us, that we embrace further light and knowledge from God through science, evidence, facts, prophets, and personal revelation. Finally, I love knowing that everyone has the right to worship according to the dictates of their own consciences, even within our own congregations. This doesn't mean we've been perfect. We Mormons have made a lot of mistakes, and will probably make a lot more. What it means though is that our goal is to do right by Jesus Christ and His Gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being happy. I think that the best thing a person can do for themselves is to learn to be happy. Recognizing and respecting that there are many paths to happiness is one way. Acceptance and equality is another way for me. Seek to find yours. Jesus said the two biggest commandments were to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. That has meant a lot of things over my lifetime. It means being grateful to our Heavenly Parents for all that they do for us. It means recognizing Christ's sacrifice and Atonement in our lives. It means constant change. It means accepting further light and knowledge when it comes. It means a lifetime of cultivating a personal relationship with our Heavenly Parents and Jesus. It means recognizing that none of us are perfect. It means standing up for what's right and speaking out for what you feel is right, even in our own congregations and communities, and allowing others that same space.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

My testimony is a living thing that exhales and inhales with my being. It is a very personal thing that I have learned not to compare to others, but enjoy and examine as my own. When I have doubts (which is every day), I like to stop and think about the things I don't doubt, or am not doubting at the time. It helps to increase my faith, and little by little it grows in the things that are truly important. Like our Savior. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

I am currently struggling with this one. I think that when couples are married in the temple, family should be able to witness it. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to see mothers and fathers not able to see their children get married. I also think that the blessings of temple marriage should be extended to gay married couples. My best friend is faithful. He served an honorable mission. He helped build the Kingdom. So did his husband. They love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and they try to live it every day. They are more worthy to enter the temple than I am. Finally, I don't think tithing should be a temple recommend question. While tithing is important, and a principle that needs to be taught, we are literally paying for our exhalation. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Equality. And whatever each person decides is best. The roles of two people in a marriage is a private decision that should be made prayerfully by the couple and their Heavenly Parents. Everyone has different hopes and dreams, realities and goals. Personal prayer and inspiration, along with exploration and discovery of one's potential is something I hold very dear. Show more Show less