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Hi I'm Loretta

I'm a single mom of 2 young adult daughters. I work as an Engineering Program Manager. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am single, and have been raising my girls on my own for the past 13 years. That means for many years I have been working full-time out of the home to provide for the family and coming home at night working hard to get all the parenting tasks done too. I was born in Oklahoma City into a family with both a strong Southern Baptist and Mormon background. My parents taught me to work hard and to not complain. I have tried to live up to these principles as an adult. My job outside of the home is as an Engineering Program Manager for a major aerospace company. This has required continued education both on and off hours resulting in an MBA and certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP). My hobbies include walking a 12 year old golden retriever, biking, jogging and swimming - resulting in occasional participation in local sprint triathlons and charity bike rides. I enjoy working in my yard, keeping the grass green and the flowers blooming, doing home projects and for some strange reason I get a lot of pleasure organizing drawers and closets. I think it just gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, my home was a bit tumultuous. My parents were unhappy together, and that resulted in an abusive family atmosphere. I was fortunate that starting at a young age my mother took all of us 4 children to the Mormon church. It was there that I was able to grasp onto the concepts and answers to the questions, "Why am I here," "Where am I going," and "What will I do after this life?" The answers to these questions provided me the direction and strength I needed to overcome the emotional hardships at home. I grew up in Annandale, VA in the 1970's. At that time there were not many Mormons in the area, and especially not many my age. Despite that, the church and its teachings provided a strong sense of family and clear values for me to follow. I found that my school friends, though they were making different choices than me, were always respectful of my beliefs. As is unfortunately typical, I ended up marrying into an abusive/controlling relationship. As my girls were born I was able to recognize the destructive pattern, and made the choice to protect my children and myself with a divorce. I have been blessed with the opportunity to raise them on my own. It was a hard decision, but my membership in the church provided me the spiritual, educational and domestic skills I have needed to be successful. Now? I am grateful for the gospel principles as I have walked the journey of "single parenting." It has been incredibly challenging, but having the gospel in my life, prayer and community have helped give me the guidance and support I have needed to get through one day at a time. I am able to count my blessings in life and find joy in the health and well being of my family. It helps me at work too. Working with large teams of engineers, enforcing the important concepts of ethics and diversity and making daily decisions for the team. By education and spiritual background give me the confidence I need to effectively do my job.

How I live my faith

In the early 80's I spent 18 months in northern Florida as a missionary. It was a wonderful experience sharing the gospel with many individuals born and raised in the "bible belt" of our country. Their strong faith and understanding of the bible was a great example to me. In addition, adding to their understanding with teachings of a living prophet proved life changing for others. I am grateful for that opportunity in my early 20's. One of the blessings of being a member are the stretch assignments you are given. The "callings" provide you an opportunity to learn and grow. Right now I am the Ward Music Director. What does that mean? Well, despite a limited background in music, I get up in front of the congregation on Sunday's and lead the music. Thankfully not many people are actually looking at you... In the past, I have spent a lot of time organizing and participating in activities for the Single church members. I now fall into the category of "older singles" which means I am over 45 years old. We have activities to get to know other singles and understand each other's needs providing friendship and support.