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Hi I'm Lori

I'm a mother of six. I'm a genealogist. I'm a humanitarian. I home-school my children. I'm a Webelos Den Leader and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to help others by doing things such as: substituting in a special needs class, teaching someone to read, making quilts or hygiene kits for the humanitarian effort, making dinner for someone in need, teaching a nursery class at church, leading a choir, doing genealogical research and indexing, cleaning highways or parks, teaching piano, teaching math, teaching grammar, teaching science, teaching history, helping others understand the scriptures. I enjoy witnessing others experience an aha moment! I enjoy helping others know that someone cares about them and they are loved, that they are important. I enjoy my children! I learn so much from them! They bring joy to my life! I enjoy teaching them and watching them think about what they have learned. I enjoy witnessing my children's aha moments! I enjoy having a close relationship with my husband. One where we help each other and think like one another. We just enjoy being together. No matter what we are doing. We love to 4-wheel, walk together, and just philosophize together. I enjoy cooking, sewing, baking, reading, playing the piano, playing the french horn, singing, doing genealogy, ballroom dancing, exercising and learning. Most of all, I love to look for symbolism in the scriptures and think deeply about them. I love experiencing aha moments! I get this same excitement from finding a new name when I do genealogy. It is like putting a puzzle together...like being a detective. I enjoy stories about my ancestors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My father was a convert (formerly Catholic) and my mother comes from a long line of "Pioneer Stock" (meaning that they joined the LDS Church when it was first organized). I think the most important part about being a Mormon is the blessing of having temples where we can go to find peace and communicate with the Lord...where we can be sealed together FOREVER as families! This life would be so frustrating without that knowledge! I love being a Mormon because there are so many opportunities for growth through giving service and learning how to relate and interact with others. This is not only a blessing for me, but for my children! I am grateful for the many ways that we as Mormons are not only taught to be followers of Christ, but leaders of those around us. We are taught to be good examples...to do and be our very best. My actual conversion occurred when I was 28. Although I felt, all of my life, like it was a good thing to be a Mormon, I didn't really experience true conversion until I decided to allow the Atonement to take place in my own life. As I talked with my bishop, I was able to gain a deep understanding of who Christ was and is and what He was willing to do for me. True repentance brought such peace into my life! The result was a strong and close relationship with my Savior. One that I cannot deny. It is something I cannot repay, but I can give him my best by helping others. I love my Savior and I enjoy serving others. Another blessing of being a Mormon is that in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there are living prophets. Twice a year we have "General Conference" for 2 days...6 sessions. At these conferences we can listen to the leaders of the church and their advice for us in this day...during these times! The prophet's word can be trusted just as a prophet from the Bible. God speaks directly to him and he shares this knowledge with us!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing what I know about the gospel in every way I possibly can. Currently, I work in the nursery at church. I feel that this is a great way to serve because it allows the parents to focus on the lessons that are taught in their classes. It is wonderful to serve in the nursery! There is nothing like picking up a crying child and comforting them and thinking how Christ does this for me...so often! I am also the choir director in my ward. I enjoy this because music brings the Spirit into the meeting. I teach those in the choir about the message we want to convey to the audience. This becomes quite a spiritual experience at times...especially when there is someone in choir who is struggling with something in life. I teach them to bear their testimony through the music. So many times, the song that is chosen fits so well with the theme of the meeting that it is an overwhelmingly spiritual experience. My husband is currently serving as bishop of our ward, so we as a family share him with those who are in need of counsel or other help. This has been a great blessing for our family. We have a deep respect for our husband and father, who is willing to dedicate so much of his time to serving the Lord and the members of the ward. My husband and I teach our children from the scriptures every morning. We have six children, ranging from 22 to 9. One is married, but the other 5 join us at the breakfast table and we all read the same chapter and then make notes in our journals and at the end, we share what we have learned. It has been a great, unifying activity for our family and helps us as parents sense where our children are spiritually. Our oldest son will be leaving to serve a mission in June. We are so excited for him to have the opportunity to share what he as learned to bless the lives of others. We know that he will also increase his own testimony, learn from the experiences of others, and learn to work hard.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

In the times of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and Solomon, the Lord commanded his people to practice plural marriage for similar reasons. These men are viewed with respect by the Christian community. Because we believe that the living prophet has authority to receive such a revelation from The Lord, members of our Church (during that time of need) were willing to be obedient to what the Lord asked of them through his living prophet. This was a great sacrifice on the part of everyone involved. Being the descendant of 3 polygamists, I can tell you that as I read the histories of the husbands and the wives, they were good people who were willing to sacrifice to help others. One example was of my great-grandmother, who noticed a mother who had just come to Utah and was sheltering herself and 5 children in a chicken coop because her husband had died on the way across the plains. My grandmother approached my grandfather and suggested that he help this woman and her children through polygamy. These relationships were to be authorized by church leaders. In 1890, President Wilford Woodruff gave the manifesto on plural marriage. The LDS Church no longer practices polygamy. Show more Show less