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Hi I'm Lorella (Lori)

I am a mom to 3, wife to one, grandma to one and sister to 7 billion? and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Mom of three, a Wife of one, Mother-in-law of one, GRANDMOTHER of one (so far) and a Sister to about 7 billion?? I am almost an empty nester, my youngest is a junior in high school, another year and a half and it's all over. I have mixed feelings about the next phase of my life for sure. I have been a "government" employee for 19 years, serving the public has been mostly satisfying, makes me very grateful for all I have when I see so many with so much less. I love to travel, especially with my family, road trips are a favorite, there is so much to see from the ground. Country music is my genre, got hooked on it in the 80's, still hooked. I live in a part of the country that has 4 definite seasons, love it, we get enough snow to enjoy, almost always a White Christmas, doesn't get better than that. We have nice mild spings, lots of warm sun in the summer and cool falls. Wouldn't want to live any where else, well maybe Hawaii for a short time, just to be able to say I did it. My family is my joy, 3 amazing children, each unique and special, I am the luckiest mom on the planet. My husband is one of the best men I know, I have to pinch myself sometimes I am so blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because when I found the truth I couldn't walk away from it. It answers all of life's questions, I know who I am, I know where I came from, I know why I am here and I know where I am going. Once you have the answers to those questions, everything else falls into place. I joined this Church as a 17 year old Senior in high school. I wasn't even looking for a church, I had been raised a protestant but religion was not something especially important to me. I had a chance encounter with the "Osmond Brothers" in 1973, at the time I was enough of a "groupie" that I wanted to know more about their religion. What I found was a truth I didn't even know existed, but once I found it I knew it was for me. That was 38 years ago, I have been a faithful member ever since. This wonderful Gospel has shaped my life and all my decision since then, I am who I am because of what I know about Jesus Christ and his true Church and how he would have us live. Raising our children in this Gospel has proved invaluable. Because of our standards and beliefs we have avoided a lot of problems that others seem to have. There is certainly no guarantee but in this day and age we need all the help we can get. I can't imagine my life without this Church, there is nothing like the joy you feel from the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it fills you up and makes you feel whole and complete more than anything else on Earth.

How I live my faith

Being a Latter Day Saint is a 24/7 proposition, not just an hour or 2 on Sunday. The Gospel is a part of my life every day all day, every decision I make is based on what I believe to be true and right. Our Church is unique in that we have no paid ministry, everyone involved in the running of the ward (or congregation) is a volunteer, even the Bishop usually has another full time job in addition to his responsibilities of Bishop. I have always enjoyed the callings I have received, from teaching children in Sunday School to working with the adult women of our church at Sunday meetings or other week day events, but the last three years I have been working with the teenage girls (ages 12-18) in our Ward and I have loved this calling more than any other. Of course next year I could be working in another organization and love that calling too. I know Heavenly Father has been with me every step of the way, from the day I was asked to work with these special girls he has been there to help me. From day one I had an overwhelming love for these girls that I know could have only come from a loving Heavenly Father, I knew I was doing what I was suppose to do. We have Sunday lessons as well as a meeting during the week where we do service projects, learn to cook, learn to dance, learn about the Gospel, have fun and encourage and support each other. Watching these girls learn and grow in the Gospel has been very rewarding, makes me feel very confident about the future of our Church and our community, they are valiant, brave, smart and very committed to the truth and living righteous lives and I am proud to know them.