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Hi I'm Lori

I'm a native of Arizona. I like to spend time with my spouse, children, and grandchildren. I'm a 6th grade teacher. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a mom of three daughters. My two oldest daughters are married with children, so I'm a grandma! My youngest daughter is a senior in high school, so my nest will soon be empty. My husband and I have been married for twenty-eight years. Seven years ago we took our daughters to the temple and we were sealed as a family for eternity. I will always treasure that special day when we were all in the temple together. I'm a 6th grade teacher and I love my job. I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. While I was in High School, I earned my Cosmetology license. I value education. Since my career is solid, I'm now taking classes for fun. I really like to cook and bake, so I take classes from chefs when my time permits. I've also started to have an interest in art, so I'm thinking of taking a drawing class. My free time is spent with family and friends. I really never have any 'down' time, but I like to keep myself busy. I'm fortunate that my health is good. I try to make the most of each day and to always be grateful for everything I've been blessed with.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents got divorced when I was five years old. My mother has been a Mormon her whole life, but my father did not believe in God at all. As a child, I was in a very unique situation; my parents were at opposite ends of the religion spectrum. As I grew up, I had first hand knowledge of watching one parent follow the gospel plan and one parent living the 'eat, drink, and be merry' lifestyle. I constantly had to defend my beliefs to my father because I grew up attending the Mormon church. I didn't realize it while I was young, but my testimony was very strong and deep. I KNEW the church was true and I never wanted to do anything to put my relationship with Heavenly Father in jeopardy. Sitting in a Hospice care room, watching my father die from cirrhosis of the liver, confirmed my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I have a strong testimony of the word of wisdom. I know the Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith and I know Heavenly Father has a prophet on the earth today. When I am living in accordance with the gospel teachings, I receive promptings, warm feelings, and answers to my prayers.

How I live my faith

I have had many jobs or 'callings' at church that have helped me develop my faith in Jesus Christ. Currently, I am teaching the eight and nine year old children in my ward. We are studying the New Testament. As I prepare lessons each week, my faith and testimony grow as I learn more about the Savior's life while he lived on the earth. During the week, when I get frustrated, I try to ask myself, "What Would Jesus Do?" By stopping and reflecting on that question, I am able to make good choices. I also visit several women each month and share a gospel message with them. (This is called Visiting Teaching.) I love to visit these sweet ladies and find out what is going on in their lives. If they ever need help with anything, I try to be there for them. Attending church every Sunday, so that I can partake of the Sacrament, is something I look forward to all week. At church, I love to see my friends and I always look forward to meeting new members or people who happen to be visiting. During the week, my family says a prayer together each morning before we leave for the day. We also do some kind of special activity each Monday evening to help us stay connected. My faith grows stronger as I make good choices and keep my thoughts and actions centered on Jesus Christ. I'm thankful that I can repent when I make mistakes.