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Hi I'm Lorri

I love to read and discuss good books. I've kept a journal for 30 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've belonged to a bookclub for almost 20 years and love reading and discussing how books relate to our lives. My degree is in English, so I guess that's a natural thing for me. One of my favorite genres is historical fiction. I like learning about both famous historical figures as well as the unknowns of the world. I am also interested in my own family history and have helped chronicle my grandmother's life in both a published book and extensive scrapbooks. I've also been writing about my own life in a journal since 4th grade! It's so fulfilling to read things I wrote years (even decades) ago! It helps me keep perspective. My life revolves around my four kids, ages 12 to 22, but when I find free time I enjoy shopping for a bargain, playing the piano, volunteering in the schools and scrapbooking. I had a fulfilling career in public relations, but I decided to stay home and raise my children. My husband I are really involved in our kids' lives, from overseeing their homework, supporting their sports efforts, and monitoring their time with technology. I'm not their best friend some of the time, but I think I'm doing a good job as a parent and they are starting to "turn out", which is a big relief! I'm a big proponent of family meal time, and I fight fiercely to reserve that time each day, even though I hate to cook! I run four miles every day, which I don't really enjoy, but it allows me to eat a lot, which I do enjoy--especially chocolate and breads!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a family that had previously chosen to become Mormons, there was a point that I had to decide for myself if this was right for me. So I am a Mormon by my own choice. I believe God wants us to ask him if this is what he wants for us, and he will tell us, through thoughts and feelings. On repeated occasions, when I have asked God, he has given me a warm feeling of peace and surety deep inside me. Remembering this surety has led me to follow through with my commitments to His church. Being a member of this church changes you. As you live the commandments and serve others, God blesses you. My husband and I have been blessed in raising our children in a world that is pretty overwhelming. Our relationship to God gives us the answers we need to be good parents. This church provides a wonderful network of leaders who care about my children and are praying for them and their decisions. The church has given us the tools to teach our children, so that as they grow and leave the safety of our home, they are prepared to be true to themselves and not be influenced by every passing whim of the world. I have felt God's intervention in my life in many situations. Those who are not yet converted may say "it is just a coincidence", but I know those miracles come from a loving Heavenly Father. Overall, the main reason that I am a Mormon is the peace that I feel from my faith. Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, offers that peace if we will come unto him.

How I live my faith

I know that a religion that doesn't ask anything of us doesn't produce the faith we need to get us through this life. So, the Mormon faith does ask a lot! But in return, I have developed a faith that has gotten me through many trials and difficult times. I am currently volunteering in the women's organization in our congregation. I am not paid, and I volunteer many, many hours. But I think of it as a way to give back to God. I oversee the weekly Sunday lessons for women as well as the program that the church has in place called "Visiting Teaching". This is where every woman has two other women assigned to befriend her, personally checking in on her every month. Visiting Teaching helps us as women in the congregation feel connected and cared for. It helps us be aware of the needs of others, and then help to fill those needs, whether they be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Visiting the few women that I am assigned has been a huge blessing in my life. They aren't women that perhaps I would normally be close to (due to our age or family differences), but I have grown so much as I have become their friends. Since I don't have any family living nearby, it is a wonderful way to have a "grandma" for my kids or get some advise from a seasoned mother. The younger woman I visit helps me keep up on what the "younger generation" is facing and experiencing. Even though I am assigned to help them and look after their needs, I come away being greatly blessed by them! Jesus Christ said we would find ourselves as we lose ourselves in the service of others. I can promise that that is true!