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Hi I'm Lenore

I am a life long member, having been born into the church.

About Me

The majority of my 60+ years have been spent in Arizona. My husband and I recently celebrated our 40th anniversary. We are the proud parents of two great children, and grandparents to three boys and a girl. We're an ethnically diverse family. My husband and I are both caucasion. Our daughters spouse is Mexican, and they have three of the grandchildren, the last one born in Okinawa, Japan during their military career. Coincidentally, our son later married a young woman from Japan. Our last grandchild is half Japanese. Both families live close by, so we regularly spend time with the grandkids. Soon after we got married, we relocated a couple of times in the restaurant business. We soon realized how important family was, and made our way back to Arizona. My dad's request was that as long as he was living, family was to stay close. All my siblings remain wihin a 15 mile radius of our parents home. I am still working, by choice. I'm involved in the scrapbook industry, and love the work and the co-workers. Personal histories are important. At work, I've learned the importance of preserving some of those memories in picture form as well.

Why I am a Mormon

As a Mormon from birth, I was raised in a very active family. We did a lot of camping, boating, dirt biking, etc, as a family and I know these activities helped us stay close. I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. The church has kept me centered. I have had times in my life when my church activity slowed down a bit. I knew something was missing, and got back in to activity. My husband has word of wisdom problems, developing health issues as a result. Both of my children have married outside the church. I know how important it is that I set the example for my children, and now my grandchildren. I know this church is true, that Joseph Smith was a Prophet and helped restore the church on earth. I read "The Work and the Glory" yearly, and am amazed at the sacrifices that were made by the early members of the church. Times are not easy today, but I don't think I would have been able to "endure to the end" 150 years ago. I know that God lives, and that I will be able to return and live with him again. I pray that my family will return to activity also, and that we can live as a family in the eternities.

How I live my faith

I have been involved in music for the church for many years. I am currently serving as ward chorister, pianist for the womens organization and as a visiting teacher. Other callings I've had: Secretary for the womens organization; Secretary and Counselor for the young women; Teacher for the youth; Ward Bulletin/Program producer; Nursery Leader.

Are Mormons Christians?

Lenore
In addition to the statement by President Hinckley, I say that we are "Christians PLUS". The fact that Christ's name appears in our church's name, is a dead give away. We pray in his name. We abide by the same "rules" as other christian churches, but we go beyond that with the "Word of Wisdom" and present day revelation. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Lenore
The first thing that comes to mind, is that the LDS church is typically one of the first groups to arrive when disaster strikes. Be it a tornado, earthquake or other calamity, the church is there is food, clothing, and other emergency needs, as well as manpower to start recovery and cleanup. The church does not discriminate by helping just it's own members. It assists where ever the need arises. It does not matter what religion , race or country needs the assistance, the church is always there. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Lenore
Serving a mission is not mandatory. It is highly recommended that young men to serve full-time missions. Young women interested in serving missions are also encouraged to do so. Many couples opt to serve missions later in life, or after retirement. Opportunities to serve part-time missions in your home ward or stake are also available. Show more Show less