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Hi I'm Lori

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in a small town in Arizona having one sibling. I love photography, music, autumn and grandchildren.

About Me

I am a mother of four boys, four daughter-in-laws, 4 grandsons and 5 granddaughters. I was privileged to be able to be a "stay at home" mom and enjoyed every minute of it. I taught piano lessons and the boys took string instrument lessons. We were able to form a string quartet and had the wonderful opportunity to serve many people. It was a family affair. My husband paid for the lessons and shuttled us around. We have many fond memories of those experiences. Now, most of them live far away and that is difficult for us, but we do what we can to keep those bonds strong. With our family living all over the country, my husband and I have the opportunity to travel often. We love seeing the sites, especially the church and American history sites. I also love photography, even though I am quite an amateur. I have taken many photos of these places and have shared them with others. I make photo calendars and cards for my friends that love nature as much as I do. I love to garden when it isn't too hot! But when it is, we have a small cabin up in the mountains about 3 hours away where we can escape the 110 degrees. It is a place of solitude and meditation for us. I love to enjoy nature and the cabin brings me great peace because it is surrounded by a forest and small lake with a path to walk around. I love boating, doing fun activities with grandchildren, going for walks, playing the piano and organ, teaching Sunday School class and decorating for holidays.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My father was a convert before I was born, but my mother has a long, strong pioneer heritage. There was never a time in my life when I didn't believe in the church or that I questioned any of its teachings. It was just always a part of my life. I was very blessed in that way. I grew up in a small town that didn't have many members, but that didn't affect me. If anything, it made me stronger. I had opportunities to be a good example through the many activities that I participated in. I had many Catholic friends and I even joined in some of their activities with my music abilities to support them. But, they always knew about my testimony and standards. My father was the Bishop while I was in my high school years and I was proud of that. By living in a small town, everyone knew us and respected us for our beliefs. When I left our small town, I went to school at BYU. That only strengthened my testimony. I was blessed with many good friends and teachers that only encouraged me to do what was right. When I got married and we left BYU, we moved to Mesa, Arizona and raised our family there. In Mesa, the church is very strong and made a perfect place for raising our four sons. They were constantly surrounded by people living the gospel and that made it easier for us as parents. I was greatly blessed to have been able to believe the gospel message when I heard it and my testimony has continued to grow with each new experience and in each phase of my life. I feel now more than ever how important that testimony is to me as I try to raise, influence, teach and nurture a family that continue to grows. That testimony gets me through the hard, tough parts of life that we all have. It gets me through the times when I feel lonely and forgotten. It also gives me the opportunity to help others when they experience difficult times. It is my anchor.

How I live my faith

With the gifts that I have been given with music, I have felt a responsibility to share that with others. I have played for many years in nursing homes on a regular basis. I felt the love of those that would listen to me and they anticipated my coming every week. Many would not respond or talk during the week, but would brighten up and try to sing along or clap when I was there. They would be waiting patiently for my arrival. Sometimes, they would yell out while I was there, but I enjoyed that! Sometimes I would take my grandchildren if they were in town, but that would frighten the kids! I have had many opportunities to teach in youth programs at church and school or Sunday School for the adults. I have had to study the scriptures at length and I have enjoyed being able to learn more about the teaching of my Savior. As I have done that, He seems much more personal to me and I have come to understand His role as my Savior more fully. Because of that, I have tried to be more like Him and have His spirit with me. The past several years, I have been an ordinance worker in the Mesa Temple. That has been one of the choicest experiences of my life. The temple is a place where I can feel close to my Savior and feel of His guidance and inspiration. Although at times it has been hard and tiring, I have felt of His blessings to me and our family. That has been a great comfort to me, knowing that He is watching over and protecting my family while I am far from them , especially when they have had their own trials. One thing I love about the church is that it gives you many opportunities to bless the lives of other people, whether members or not. God loves all of His children and His Gospel is about helping them feel of that love. We have opportunities to serve, heal, bless, teach and comfort one another, just like He would if He were here. And as we do, we become a little more like Him, which is the purpose of this life.