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Hi I'm Lora

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and the greatest blessing and joy in my life is that I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an abusive family life. My one solace was that across the alley was a small non-denominational church. From age 7 to 12, I never missed a Sunday, and I have my 5 year pin to show for it. Going to church provided me with a few hours reprieve from my home life and I learned about God and His son Jesus Christ and that they loved me. When I was 14 yrs old I was introduced to the LDS Missionaries. They told me that before we came to earth we lived with our Heavenly Father, my answer was a cocky, "Daha, everyone knows that". I had known that my whole life, no one had ever taught me that, it was just something I KNEW and believed with my whole being. Getting baptized and becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the very best decision of my life. Now, after being a member for over 43 years, I can't image how empty my life would be without the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is unspeakable peace and joy that comes in living the gospel principles the Savoir taught, especially in learning to forgive those who have brought you trauma and sorrow. Life still has it many challenges, but by starting each day with prayer and scripture study, I keep the Lord first and foremost in my mind as I meet the demands of a family (six children, 10 grand children), a job, 3 church callings.

Why I am a Mormon

At age 14, I started hanging out with some girls at school who seemed pretty nice. They invited me to some church activities, one of which was a picnic at the local park. We were having a great time and they introduced me to the missionaries, one of which was way CUTE! They asked if I would like to have the Elders teach me about the church, which would mean meeting with the CUTE one. The next week, when I arrived at my girl friends at the appointed time, there were indeed two missionaries. I looked at them, looked at my girlfriend and said,"Where's the CUTE one! " He was gone! and I said, "so am I", but they talked me into to staying to hear their message of the restoration. As they spoke the spirit bore witness to me that the things they were saying were true. The lessons continued and on Oct 5, 1968 I was joyously baptized and became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know with all my heart that Jesus Christ is our Savoir and Redeemer. That He lives! He loves us and that He gave His life that we might have the opportunity to return to live with Him someday. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that he restored the gospel to its fullness in preparation for the return of the Savoir Jesus Christ. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is Heavenly Father's prophet on the earth today and guides and directs the Lord's church. As we progress through these perilous times I find GREAT peace and comfort in knowing that Heavenly Father has provided us with such an amazing man to lead us. I bear this testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

A significant amount of my time is spent enjoying my grandchildren, there are those who would call it babysitting, I call it enjoying, they are a delight! They ask the most insightful questions like, "Why did God make slugs." (Being an avid gardener that is also at the top of my "list of things to ask God". I also, have the privilege of teaching the 8 to 11 yr old boys Sunday school class. What amazing young men they are. Our most recent lesson was on the "Parable of the 10 virgins" and they understood how important it is to have oil in our lamps and to be prepared for the Lords emanate return. I'm also the secretary in a church organization and I have 4 women that I contact monthly to see if they have any needs that I can help them with. There are so many demands on my time that I make a daily effort to prioritize my activities into groups, good, better, best. I only have time for the best and maybe a few better ones. Things like watching tv, shopping, surfing the net can be "good" actitivies, but also time bandits. I'd rather play with the grand kids. I start my day with prayer, 1/2 hour scripture study, 1/2 hour exercise, (these were my New Years resolutions this year, its now August) and I can tell you that it is absolutely the best way to start your day. It sets the tone for the whole day. The days I don't follow this regime don't seem to go near as well, fortunately there a very few missed days. My only regret is that I waited so long to make these 3 things a priority.