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Hi I'm Lois

I'm a Mormon. I was born in the Church but I was 18 years old when I learned for myself that it is really true.

About Me

I am a grandmother to 25 and great-grandmother to 8. My interests include teaching Family History, and giving service in my church and community. I enjoy gardening, arts and crafts, photography, Broadway musicals, hymns, travel, and making items for Humanitarian needs, but I have health limitations too. My husband and I served a Mission for the Church about twelve years ago. I worked as a Secretary/office assistant/and computer specialist. I earned an Associate's Degree from a community college at age 50. I have written several books and published many articles locally. My husband worked as a computer programmer for 35 years. He has been a councilor to three bishops, a stake High Councilor, Stake Assistant Finance Clerk and mission finance clerk. His hobby for the past 35 years is white water rafting. He has guided many youth and family groups. We are snowbirds in Arizona during our winters. I am pleased with my descendants. We have (so far) twelve Eagle Scouts. We are a missionary-minded. family. Six sons and and nine grandchildren have or are serving missions throughout the world. We have served in Guatemala, Peru, Chile, Germany, Ukraine, Canada, Argentina, The Philippines, Columbia and in the United States in Michigan, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Oregon,California and Puerto Rico. Each of us has paid our own way for our mission. The reason we serve is because we want to share the Lord's Plan of Happiness with others, so they can be happy too.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church though only partially active as a child. My ancestors on one side were pioneers and on the other side Swedish immigrants who came to America about 1890. My husband is a convert and the only Church member in his family. I was 18 years old when I learned the Church is true for myself. Since that first answered prayer I've had many prayers answered very specifically. I am now 79 years old. The Lord has sustained me through a miscarriage, six live births, 10 years of poverty, a divorce, a second marriage, two rebellious teenagers, disrespectful step-children, losing a lot of money in a ponzi scheme, lonliness and many health problems. Throughout all this there have been blessings and happy times. As Joseph Smith, our first Prophet of the Church, said in his testimony: "I had seen a vision and I knew it and I knew God knew it, and I could not deny it." My faith is based on my personal experiences. I know my prayers have been answered, and I know that God knows it, and I too, dare not deny it. Twelve years ago my husband and I served a mission for the Church over 3,000 miles away from our home. We paid our own expenses, and drove our own car. We left behind our families, grandchildren, and my husband's favorite pasttime of river rafting. We missed the birth of a grandson, two family weddings and four funerals. My health problems increased. We would not have done this if we didn't have firm testimonies that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days. We believe that through His Atonement we can be forgiven of our sins . We believe that this is the only Church to hold the Priesthood authority to seal families together for eternity. In Arizona, we put ourselves on a volunteer mission by serving at Deseret Industries each time we go there. We fellowship with a study group of senior citizens. We share our oranges with our neighbors in a mobile home park. I do genealogy. We don't want to retire. There is always something to do.

How I live my faith

I have given service to my family, my Church callings, and volunteered in my community. I currently enjoy making fleece lap robes for the elderly and veterans. I make knitted hats for babies which I donate to a pregnancy clinic. I have taught basic genealogy and family history writing classes in my community. I visit other women in my congregation as a Visiting Teacher. We share one another's burdens. Four years ago I was in a rehab care center after I broke my ankle. Many women from the church came and visited me. After I came home they helped me by giving some personal care, bringing us meals for the first week, helped with needed house work and offered to give me rides to my doctor appointments and other shopping needs. Currently, I write to some women who don't have much contact with the Church. I write about uplifting events and testimony building experiences.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

None of our family missionaries were required to serve a Church mission. We serve because we want to share the blessings we receive with good people everywhere. We save our money so we can afford to serve. Our families are blessed when we do serve. It is a privilege to serve. It is a source of contentment, faith and happiness. Show more Show less