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Hi I'm Doreen.

I grew up in Northeastern Ohio. I went to Lakeland, KSU, and the University of Akron Law School. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born in Euclid Ohio, raised by goodly parents, grew up in Euclid and moved to Willoughby, Ohio at age ten. My life changed after moving from a more urban to a suburban environment. After moving from Cuyahoga to Lake County, my experiences were different. In my earlier childhood I remember family events such as going to the ball game at the Cleveland Stadium, the Cleveland Zoo and the Aquarium. My last year of elementary school was at Thomas Edison in Willoughby and then I took a bus to Willoughby Junior. My friends of course changed, and I had a new experience as an adolescent. One of my friends convinced her father to move to the same neighborhood as mine in Lake County, and she has now been baptized as a Mormon. We attend Church together regularly as members of the Kirtland Ward. After graduating from Willoughby South High School, I attended Kent State University, earning my bachelor's and master's of arts in sociology. Then I attended the University of Akron and earned my Juris Doctorate, or law degree. I practiced off and on for twenty years. I was also active in the Church off and on during this stage of my life, in which I had a family of my own, described below. I married Jerry Cantrell, who was active in the Church, in 1978. We had three boys, now adults, and raised them in the Church. I am forever grateful for this and no matter what happens in each of our lives, I know they have a good foundation.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was looking for spiritual guidance for my children and I found it for myself and my family one fine day when the kids and their cousins and I stopped in the Whitney Store Museum to find Eli Whitney's cotton gin after attending Universalist Unitarian Church that particular Sunday. The missionary couple at the Whitney Store gave us a Book of Mormon. We attended Church the next Sunday and were approached by the missionaries who asked about coming over to give us discussions. After I started reading the Book of Mormon, I could not deny that it was true and decided to get baptized along with my eldest son. My other two sons were baptized when they were eight. They were fine days.

How I live my faith

I attend Sacrament meeting and Gospel Principles class and Relief Society to support my friends that are investigating the Church. This helps me tremendously to keep up my own participation. I do look forward to attending Sunday School again regularly and the temple again. I live my faith by keeping the commandments, praying, reading scriptures and treating others by the Golden Rule.