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Hi I'm LoRene

I'm a BYU graduate, retired, I love music, gardens, reading, sewing, poetry, raising birds, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am retired and enjoying life. I graduated from Brigham Young University, taught school for a few years and later worked in a bank. Much more rewarding than any job I ever had was caring for my mother as she got older, and also my father. I love music: piano, organ, directing, singing, and teaching; also gardening, reading, quilting, sewing, poetry, needlework, and raising birds (cockatiels, finches, parakeets, and one ornery parrot). This summer I pulled out my poetry collection from twenty years ago and added to it. I also decided to memorize a lot of my favorites. And also this summer I planted a small container garden on my big front porch; peas, beans, tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, strawberries, herbs, potatoes, and lots of flowers. Most successful: the tomatoes! That was a surprise; this is the Northwest, after all. Least successful: zucchini. One thing of which I am certain: I have a Father in heaven who knows me and loves me and wants me to return home to live with Him. I can go to Him anytime with any concern and He will listen to me. This knowledge sustains me and gives me great joy.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it's true; because it makes me happy; because it's a good way to live. I can't remember a time when I didn't enjoy learning about Jesus. At age 12 I started attending church every week. I felt something good while I was at church that I didn't understand. I went home and asked my Mom for more information; for something to read. She dug in a closet and gave me two books, which I quickly devoured. I read about how Joseph Smith saw God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, how an angel led him to find the Book of Mormon, how he translated it, and how he was called as a prophet to restore the Lord's true church, and what it teaches. I felt the same Spirit I felt while attending church and began to understand it. I loved feeling that Spirit and still do. During high school I attended seminary, an early-morning religion class for high school students. I read the New Testament and the Book of Mormon for the first time. I remember the Sunday morning that I stayed home from church because I was sick, and decided to finish the last few chapters of the Book of Mormon. I felt the Spirit then as never before and knew it was true. Many years later, after a discouraging year of teaching school, I returned to BYU. I had a quiet basement room to myself that was good for study. I decided to read the Book of Mormon again. Every morning I read several chapters, still not quite feeling the Spirit that I'd hoped for. One morning toward the end of the summer a calm, peaceful spirit washed over me as I read, "because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God," The Holy Spirit truly is a Comforter, and that day the Spirit filled me with hope and love and continues to do so, and Moroni 8:26 is still my very favorite scripture from the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

Now that I'm retired, I can choose what I want to do. I choose to serve in my church and community. Some of the things I sometimes do: play piano or organ for Church meetings, teach a group of children or adults on Sunday morning, visit some of the sisters. I attend the Seattle temple regularly, frequently volunteering on the telephone switchboard. Tuesday mornings find me at the local LDS Family History Center, cataloguing and labeling books. As secretary to our women's group, I do attendance, pass out announcements and make agendas. The plus is that I get to meet many of the new sisters, and sometimes receive assignments to assist them in getting settled in a new place. Who knew that being a secretary could be so interesting? Every month I meet with a group of sisters, many older or disabled themselves, to make quilts, lap robes, toys, Christmas stockings or other items for the homeless, needy, or elderly of our community. One sister showed us baby sweaters that she was working on. Another brought a lap robe she had crocheted with a big green smiley face in the middle. Another makes new clothes for used Cabbage Patch dolls. We have a lot of fun working together, and it's a good feeling to know we are doing something to help others.. 8 years ago our Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley asked us all to read the Book of Mormon again by year end. He promised us that we would be "blessed with an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a greater resolve to obey His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God." Well, we couldn't resist that, so the single adults in my ward decided to study together every week, and we are still doing it. We finished the Book of Mormon together and then the Old and New Testament, Book of Mormon again, Church History, and revelations to the Prophet Joseph Smith. It is just as the prophet promised: an added measure of the Spirit--greater resolve--a stronger testimony. I know my Savior lives.