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Hi I'm Lori

I grew up in Phoenix, AZ, but have since lived all over the US. I am a busy mom, wife and community volunteer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a busy mom of 2 teenage boys and 2 young girls. I love to dance, sing, listen to music, and play the piano. I am the world's best sports spectator, a life-long cheerleader. When I watch my kids compete, I am the loudest mom in the stands. It drives my kids crazy, but that's how I roll. Due to a recent injury, I no longer can say that I love to run, but I do love walking, especially outside when the weather allows. I have acted as a general contractor on a remodel of my home. That does not mean that I am a "jack of all trades"! I just know how to manage a lot of great helpers. I really like to keep my life organized, and I am pretty good at it. However, my family has moved a lot over the past few years, and that always puts a wrench in the works. I am grateful for a healthy body that allows me to accomplish many things each day. I love to read, fiction especially. I have always been a big patron of the public library. I also need to admit that I can be a bit of a reality TV junkie. I love Survivor, Amazing Race, and American Idol (kind of embarrassed to admit it).

Why I am a Mormon

When I was twelve years old, my family went on a skiing vacation to Salt Lake City, Utah. We stayed a few blocks from Temple Square. One evening, I walked to the Square by myself. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was rehearsing that evening. After taking a short tour of the Visitor's Center, I decided to sit and listen to the rehearsal for a while. Hearing the words "Unto us a Child is Born", a calm like I had never felt before settled upon me. I thought about Jesus Christ and what I knew about him. He was a baby born to Mary, and his father was God, not Joseph. That made him pretty special. He was kind, and healed people all around Him. Lots of people followed Him, like Peter. He was killed unjustly, on the cross, and was resurrected miraculously, 3 days later. All of these things I was taught as a child, but did I really believe them? Why was all of this important 2,000 years later? Was He really my "Savior"? Right then, I decided to ask. I knew that if Heavenly Father were really listening, he would help me to know. So sitting on a bench in that beautiful room, I silently prayed. I wish that I could tell you all about the answer I was given. However, those feelings are sacred to me, and difficult to put into words. I can only say that I felt a power in my heart so strong that it brought tears to my eyes. I knew that I was loved...unconditionally. I also knew that God knew who I was, and that I too was special. The most important thing I gained out of the experience was that I knew that I needed to try harder to be like Jesus and more importantly, I wanted to! My life has not been easy. I have struggled with temptations, and situations that were out of my control. As a Mormon, I know that when I am doing what the Lord wants me to do, I am happier. That has helped me to avoid many heartaches due to poor choices along the way.

How I live my faith

I am just a regular lady trying to help my family, friends, and neighbors the best way that I can each day. I love to provide service, and it is purely for selfish reasons! It makes me feel happy when I help someone else. I forget about all of my own personal woes. In recent years, I have spent time being a peer mentor to two troubled young ladies at the local middle school. These girls are from broken homes, and have difficult circumstances to face each day. I really enjoyed getting to know them. We spent time each week setting goals, working on school assignments, and always having some fun. I hope that I can provide a small respite each week in the hardships of their everyday life. These young women are in my thoughts and prayers because I love them. I have also spent a lot of time over the past few years organizing young women's camp for our church. Each summer we spend a week singing, camping, getting dirty, gaining new skills, and learning more about Jesus Christ and how we can be like Him. It is a lot of work organizing the activities for hundreds of girls, and making sure things go smoothly, but it is sooo worth it!! I love to attend my church meetings, visit our local temple, and spend time with the other members of our church. It is always nice to be with others who inspire you to live better. I am a mother and wife. My family is very important to me. We spend a lot of time each day praying as a family, reading and studying the scriptures, and learning more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With four kids, sometimes our gospel discussions seems anything but peaceful. My husband and I are committed, however, to teaching our children about values that will help them to become contributing, helpful adults someday.