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Hi I'm Lorraine

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have finally attained senior citizen status, my amazing husband and I have been married 45 years, and we have 7 children and 9 grandchildren. We’ve also had a foster child, a foreign exchange student, a refugee family, adult siblings, and an amalgam of “starving students” live with us over the years. In fact, my husband and I just became empty nesters recently, and for the first time in 40 years, it’s just the two of us again. It’s a fun and interesting time of adjustment which we are both relishing. As a veteran of over 26 years as a home day care provider and an additional 3+ years working in day care centers, I’ve been blessed to associate with hundreds of children who have enriched my life. They have been my best teachers and have helped me to understand why associating with them was such a rejuvenating pleasure for our Savior. I also had the opportunity to clean houses and do interior painting for three years after I left the world of day care. Interestingly, those two jobs also taught me a lot about basic life principles. My two favorite hobbies are reading and going to lunch with a friend. In fact, I find the latter experience so fun and therapeutic that as part of my funeral plans, I’ve left instructions for the following to be included in my obituary – “In lieu of flowers, go to lunch with someone and enjoy your time together. Since I wasn't able to finish my college education, I've loved being a lifelong learner.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was brought up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve investigated many religions over the past 50 years. I could definitely relate to Joseph Smith’s quandary as a young teenager when he wanted to know which religion was true. Our Church makes bold claims and asks a lot of its members, so I also scrutinized everything about it because I couldn't commit to it if it wasn’t true. I also knew that even after studying so much, the definitive answer could only come from God. Men can make guesses (casual or studied) but only He knows what is really true. This pattern of investigating, pondering, and praying is a good one. It’s modeled for us in scripture and was also demonstrated by Joseph Smith. My efforts paid off and I did come to know, logically AND spiritually, that the fullness of the Gospel which we eagerly share with everyone really is the truth. We really do have precious additional scripture to teach and strengthen us, we really have been given the authority from God to perform essential ordinances which are binding on earth and in heaven, and we really do have a prophet to guide us who speaks for God to the entire earth. I’m thrilled to know what is fundamental to happiness here and hereafter; to know that at a core level, we are all children of God; to know that Jesus Christ has offered His all to redeem and perfect us if we will match it with our all; to know that the Spirit can let us know – really know – what is true, even as He applies comfort and healing; and to know that we are as happy and powerful as we choose to be because of all that has been done for us by God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. So, now I find that even as clouds of challenge continue to blow through my life, that I’m strengthened by them. Just as the sun is always shining above the clouds, The Son of God is always there providing the Resurrection,the promise of eternal progression and joy with Him, with Our Father, and with His children.

How I live my faith

As a member of this Church, I have had the opportunity to serve in many assigned ways since receiving my first responsibility when I was 13 years old. This has allowed me to gain an array of invaluable experience and has also helped me learn how to work with people one-on-one as well as in groups, to teach, to lead, to follow, to support, and definitely to continue to step out of my comfort zone. More than anything, I've come to know that being a follower of Jesus Christ is not only a lifestyle and an identity, but it is constantly being immersed in personal change. I try to live my faith from the inside out and have learned that although I need to be aware of my behavior and my choices, it is that inner effort to actually BE more Christ-like rather than to just ACT more Christ-like, which makes the biggest difference on both fronts. This has taught me how essential it is that we all try to love and serve each other because becoming like our Savior is NOT something which can be done as an intellectual exercise. It is experiential. While we must use our minds to try to understand His example and what He has taught, only by applying those things in service to our fellow men will our hearts become loving and pure. So, my attempt to "live my faith" is holistic and it is also how I can know Jesus Christ and my Father in Heaven better. There is great joy and peace in doing so and it increasingly lets me know how much we are all intensely cherished by Them.