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Hi I'm Louise

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert since 2004 after 45 years of no religious affiliation. I've beem married for 53 years with three grown children who are well married and have given us seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. I am a mom, grandmother, wife and retired nurse. My husband is a great dad, grandfather and a retired educator. (also not LDS) We moved here after retirement in 1999 and love the four seasons and year 'round sunshine. We both enjoy reading, he mostly fiction and biographic novels and me mostly non-fiction and religious material. Bicycle riding has played an important part in our lives in the past but we have slowed down considerably. I still enjoy riding - mostly to experience the beauty of the trails, hills and mountains are mostly beyond my ability these days. I like word games, crosswords and other assorted board and card games. Travel is high on the list of fun things to do. Our greatest pleasure? Hands down it is our family.

Why I am a Mormon

Originally I became a Mormon because the teachings seemed so logical. I was seeking to enrich my life and connect to a higher power. I was raised in a fine dual Lutheran/Catholic home with seven siblings. But for me, the teachings never "took". I fell away from the Catholic Church soon after marriage although I had my children baptized as infants. All of my siblings stayed true to the Catholic faith and are loyal, working members of their respective parishes. Through the years I knew or wanted to know that there is a higher power. I knew Latter-day Saint families and always admired the peacefulness and love that seemed to accompany them. Then my daughter converted and her apostate husband returned to the Church. I attended her baptism by her husband. So gradually I learned more about the Mormon gospel and started a little self study. After retirement I took a road/camping trip with my sister, we did much of the Mormon trail, including Nauvoo and winter quarters. The missionaries at the visiters centers were sweet and informative. I was inspired to learn more and asked for a copy of the Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrine and Covenents. My copy arrived in the mail. I was a slow learner (and still am). I went through three sets of missionaries before I saw the light and was baptized and received the Holy Ghost on my birthday - about ten years after my dauhter's conversion. I am a Mormon because the Church is true, we have living Prophets to guide us through these latter days. The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ written for us in this day - in plain and simple language and truth. I am blessed to partake of the sacrament each week and to renew my baptismal covenents.....to repent and be absolved of my sins.

How I live my faith

My faith is an integral part of my daily life. Morning and evening prayer along with scripture reading serves to keep the Lord in my mind and my life no matter how busy or confusing. I work with our women's group in the capacity of secretary. Weekly email mesages keep my sisters informed of ward events both current and upcoming. I usually include appropriate scripture bits or quotes from our prophets in the emails and in the Sunday bulletin. I prepare the room for our weekly meetngs. My visiting teaching companion and I serve four women in the area. We see them each month for conversation, catching up on family goings-on and to deliver a short spiritual message with a follow-up discussion. We stand ready to render both spiritual and temporal assistance and comfort as needed. If a need is beyond our ability to help we notify higher authorities. Our women's group schedules several service projects each year, some in cooperation of the entire ward. We've sewn dresses for girls in Africa, collected supplies for needy moms and newborns, collected warm clothing, tents, sleeping bags, etc. for the homeless as well as clothing for the homeless shelter. We usually have one or two food drives each year. I have worked in the Church cannery to preserve food for distribution in disaster areas world wide. Every month or two we have the missionaries to dinner. They give us a lesson from the scriptures. I try to live my life in a way that may inspire others to look at my faith with open eyes and ears, the way all the Mormon families I had observed over the years inspired me. I do not respond to what I might feel is a "hard sell". I think there are many out there like me. I pray for my husband and family that they may come unto Christ in this church.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Man is that he might have joy. This joy is given those who love and obey God and endure to the end. A glorious eternity awaits each of us. Christ died that me might live with Him and His Father forever. We have our agency and are on earth to be tested and tried. God wants us all back to live with Him again. He has given us the commandments to guide the way and He gave us Jesus to save us. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

As our obedience to God's commandments grows, as we study the Word of God, our faith in Jesus Christ will increase. If our desire is to know and believe in Christ, our faith will grow within us. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I think mostly for a lack of understanding. Church members are devoted to spreading the restored gospel and teaching the Word of Jesus Christ, some may see this as trying to indoctrinate people into our Church which then is likened to tactics of cults. We believe first and foremost in individual agency (free will), therefore, each person decides for him/herself the way life will be lived. We do differ from other Christians in that we believe the Godhead consists of three separate persons united in one purpose. Jesus Christ lives! He is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Father's Son and our beloved brother. Show more Show less