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Hi I'm Luene

I'm a librarian. I love traveling, reading, and spending time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the Assistant Director at our City Library. I keep busy with a lot of responsibilities, but my favorite is presenting Story Time once a week. I've never been able to resist the enthusiasm and energy of Pre-schoolers, and the fact that I get to share my favorite stories with them is just icing on the cake. When I get to take a vacation, I love to travel. I've had the privilege of living in and visiting several different states and countries, so I've come to love exploring new cultures and looking for new experiences. Up until a few months ago I would have said my greatest source of satisfaction was watching my three children grow into the amazing adults they've become. Now my husband and I are empty-nesters and I'm finding new joy as we rediscover, redefine, and strengthen our relationship. I feel very blessed. There are so many good things in life to be enjoyed. Here are some of my favorites: rainy days, road trips, holding hands with my husband, fresh peaches and raspberries, cooking - especially breads, reading a good book cover to cover, dinosaurs, the sound of a baby laughing, Billy Collins' poetry, and looking at the stars on a clear night.

Why I am a Mormon

Quite simply, I'm a Mormon because I've found through experience that living the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the best way, maybe even the only way, to find true happiness in this life. Living the gospel is also helping me to make the best of myself and my life, and the Church itself has provided me with opportunities for growth that I couldn't find anywhere else. God wants me to reach my potential as one of His children, and this is where He helps me do it. Generally speaking, the Church is a very nurturing environment. In the Book of Mormon there is a place where it talks about the Saints being "nourished by the good word of God." That's how I feel when I'm with the other members of the Church - nurtured, nourished, loved, and surrounded by support. It's also how I feel when I pray. I know that God is there to help me, to pick me up when I fall, and to cheer me on in all my little successes. How can I not find happiness here? The gospel is true. The Book of Mormon is true. I love that book. It speaks to my heart and helps me recognize and feel the love of God in my life more than any other thing besides prayer. My life is good because I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I find that my life is much better if I spend some time each day praying and reading the scriptures, so I make that a priority. Our religion teaches us that the family is an integral part of our Heavenly Father's plan for us, so teaching my children and finding ways to strengthen and support my family is very important to me. Family prayer, family scripture study, and Family Home Evening have always been important in our home. (I call them "The Big Three") I try to make our home a place where the spirit of Christ can be found, and where we can find refuge from the pressures and demands of the world. At work I have daily contact with people from all walks of life. Many of live in circumstances far different from mine. I have discovered that when I try to look at others as children of God and remember that He loves them as much as He loves me that it's much easier to feel compassion and love for them. I couldn't convince myself that I was living my faith if I wasn't trying to follow Christ's example, especially in the way I interact with other people.