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Hi I'm Lorell Loosle

I teach both deaf children and American Sign Language (ASL) in a public high school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for almost 20 years. During that time I've finished my Bachelors degree and my Masters in Education while raising four children, running a childcare business, and being very involved with the State Childcare association. My husband and my careers moved us to Guam where we were able to add two teenagers to our family. Being in Texas with six children I'm fortunate to only work part time teaching ASL to high school students so I can be home with my family, be involved with the homeowners association and volunteer at the elementary school. I'm also involved with the primary children at church. I've recently been asked to help with the women's organization (Relief Society).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a very religious Mormon family. Since I was little my parents taught me to ask a lot of questions and find out for myself what I believe. My parents were great examples of prayer and scripture study. As I grew up I constantly read and reread the Book of Mormon, praying to strengthen my testimony of it's truthfulness. I do not have a specific time in my life that I consider my conversion story, although many life long members do. I have consistently had my prayers answered by our Heavenly Father. Sometimes I realize my testimony has been stronger than others, but I know it's always been a part of my life. I have faith that my testimony will continue to grow as I continue to follow the principles of the gospel. I am a better person, better community member, better teacher, wife and mother when I follow the principles that are taught by Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am very active in my community and in my church. In the community I volunteer at the elementary, middle and high schools my children attend. I am involved in the Parent Teacher Association, mentoring and tutoring. I have volunteered as a member of my neighborhood association board for 4 years. In church I have had many callings or volunteer opportunities. I have worked teaching children, youth (teenagers), cub scouts, and in the leadership of the women's organization (Relief Society). I now serve as a counselor (helper) to the president of the women's organization of about 10 congregations (wards). One of my favorite volunteer opportunities or callings for church is called Visiting Teaching. This is where each woman is assigned a companion or partner and we get to visit other women at least once a month. We are able to teach them the gospel, share our time, help them in various situations and become friends with them. I have been assigned women whom I would have never thought of becoming friends with - or not had the opportunity to meet otherwise, that I have become great friends with and don't know what my life would be like without them. I am so grateful this program is around to help others and to ask others for encouragement, help and prayers.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Lorell Loosle
In ancient scripture it teaches us to pay a 10% tithe to the church. We follow this ancient law. It helps to build our buildings, temples, and take care of them, as well as other things. In scriptures it also promises us blessings as we pay our tithes and offerings. I know from a lot of experience that by paying tithing many, many blessings come to us as a result of our sacrificing only 10% of our annual income. Show more Show less