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Hi I'm Lorel

I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a project manager at CenturyLink (our local telephone/Internet company) and manage large projects that improve company efficiencies. I have worked for the phone (now Internet) company for 32 years. It took me several years to complete my under graduate degree and in 1999 I received my MBA from the University of Denver. I have been married for 32 years (Cyndi Ferrin), father of six children, and 10 grandchildren. Beyond family responsibilities, my hobbies include skiing and taking care of my marine aquarium.

Why I am a Mormon

What attracted me to our Faith is its teaching of modern day revelation; e.g., the "Plan of Happiness". The Plan of Happiness explains where we came from (before earth life), why we are here (earth life), and where we are going (after we die). It explains the true mission of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the significance of his atonement, and why we need to live our lives in accordance with His teachings. Throughout the ages of man, we relied on the Prophets to lead mankind; e.g., (Old Testament - Adam, Noah, Moses, Isaiah, etc.) During Jesus Christ's ministry (New Testament), He established His church on the earth (Ephesians 4:11-14), with Apostle’s and Prophets (and others); with the express purpose to bring members to the knowledge of Christ. After our Savior’s crucifixion, Christ's power and authority (God's Priesthood) left the earth, and man fell into apostasy (a falling away from truth). This was foretold in 2 Thessalonians 2:3). For the first time in Biblical history, God stopped communicating with His people on earth. Also known as the Dark Ages, this was a difficult time for man to be alive. With the power and authority gone from the earth, it necessitated a restoration of God’s Priesthood authority and Christ’s church. As a 14 yr old boy, in 1830 Joseph Smith wanted to know which church was true. He had no desire to establish a new faith or religion; rather he simply wanted to know, which one of these faiths he should join. After reading James 1:5 (If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God... ...and it shall be given him). Putting God to the test, Joseph knelt down and prayed. During his prayer, Joseph received a vision from God the Father and Jesus Christ. He was told that none of the churches were true, that he should join none of them, and later through him Christ would restore his Church. If a 14 year old boy can receive a witness from God, so can you and me.

How I live my faith

While I am not a perfect man, I do my best to make good choices that will help me live my life in accordance with our Savior (Jesus Christ's) teachings. The coined term, "What Would Jesus Do", often rolls through my mind... Our church does not have a paid ministry... As such, the members pitch in to help, teach, and serve the membership and community. At 53 I have had many callings and opportunities to serve in the church. One of my favorite assignments was teaching early morning Seminary to our high school students. Each morning we would teach passages from the scripture to help build a testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ. I will always have fond memories of the years teaching from the scriptures. Our church teaches self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Within our congregation I serve as the Employment Specialist. I have held middle management jobs at the local phone company for over 32 years, and have performed my share of hiring and firing. I hold an MBA from The University of Denver (DU) and help men and woman who are interested in becoming employed, or upgrade their current employment situation. Job loss or under employment often causes a person to lose perspective and damages self-esteem. I listen to their life goals and make suggestions that can help them achieve these goals. If necessary, help guide them to receive proper education. I spend many hours editing resumes, providing feedback, teaching interview skills, and building confidence within them to help individuals recognize their potential and feel better about them.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Lorel
Many non-member friends often ask, “If the Bible is so important, why do you have the Book of Mormon?" The answer is simple. The Holy Bible is a history of God's dealings with his children on the "old continent", whereas The Book of Mormon is a history of God's dealings with his children in the "new continent" (South/North America). Both books (sticks) witness of the mission and life of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. The Bible even makes reference to the coming forth of The Book of Mormon in Ezekiel 37, starting in verse 15. Here the prophet Ezekiel prophesies two sticks (books in our day) coming together, the stick of Juda (the New Testament), and the stick of Joseph (The Book of Mormon), and, "they will become one in thy hand". Show more Show less