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Hi I'm Lou Chandler-Huey

I’m a marketing professional, theatre director, musician, writer, quilter, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I’ve lived in the Valley Forge vicinity a majority of my life. I love the rich history of this area, and enjoy living in a house that was built in 1743 (although I’m enjoying the upkeep a little less). It seems I'm a jack-of-all trades-master-of-none type person: corporate manager, marketing consultant, career councilor, theatrical director, musician, college professor, writer, etc. Education was always important in my family and I went to Dixie State University, Southern Utah State University, and Rosemont College where I earned an MBA. As a young adult, I performed throughout the intermountain west in a soft-rock group called Morningside. And I have the dubious distinction of having been Utah's first female Rock-&-Roll Disk Jockey. I’m the mother of 2 brilliantly talented grown children, and wife to a delightfully funny and warm-hearted man.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Two basic reasons: One is that the doctrines make so much logical sense! I understand where I came from, why I’m here, and where I’ll go when I depart this earth. And the answers to those fundamental human questions make it so much easier to live through the trials of this life. I understand the nature of God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which matters deeply to me, because it enables me to have a stronger relationship with God. Further, I’m comforted in the knowledge that I have a Mother in Heaven. Secondly, I’ve experienced inspiration from God on many occasions throughout my life; and that inspiration was absolutely unmistakable. Sometimes it enabled me to know that various concepts of the Gospel were--without any doubt--true. On those occasions, it was as if a light was turned on inside of me, and while lit, I could understand those concepts with absolute clarity. Other times the inspiration was in the form of a warm assurance that I was on the right track. Still other times, the inspiration was like a burst of enlightenment, when I suddenly knew exactly what to say in the moment those words were needed. Because of these encounters with the Spirit, I know that Christ is my personal Savior. He made possible the Plan of Salvation by being willing to pay for the mistakes that we all make as we learn and grow through this earthly journey. I also know that God is actually aware of and interested in me, individually. Imagine that!

How I live my faith

The Gospel has inspired a desire to live with integrity. To me that means endeavoring to bring my behaviors in alignment with universal principles (like compassion, diligence, honesty, growth, and humility). It’s stimulated me to be useful in this world – to leave things a little better than I found them; and I try to do this in all of life's domains (family, community, occupation, church, etc.). Since my children are out of the nest and my occupation is less intense, I have more ability to focus on making a difference (small though it may be) in community matters. And I’ve never been without a “calling” in the Church, whether it be as a Sunday School Teacher, Theatre Director, Director of Employment Resource Services, or Director of Public Affairs. Bottom line: through all these endeavors, I gain sooo much more than I give.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Lou Chandler-Huey
Well to begin with - irrespective of whether or not women hold the priesthood, we are all equal in the sight of God, and that knowledge is comforting to me. But in actual practice, I have plenty of authority. The Church has a lay ministry, and because of that, we all have significant responsibilities. As a woman, I've had high-level responsibilities with as much or more authority as most men in the church. As for the priesthood, who knows, perhaps someday women will "hold the priesthood" here on earth; but if and when that were to occur, it would not be because we think it should happen. It would be because God determines that it's appropriate in His eternal scheme of things. God gives us certain blessings if and when we're ready for them. Surely the men and women of earlier generations where not ready to accept women holding the priesthood, and perhaps our society is still not ready. In any case, the beauty of it is that a prophet of God is on the earth today who receives communication from God the same as Moses, Abraham, Debora, and Noah did. And because a living prophet guides this Church, we can rest assured that we will know if and when such changes are appropriate; and if so, it would be in the Lord's due time...not ours. I’m OK with that. Show more Show less