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Hi I'm Loretta

Wife, Mother of Four Sons, Author and Artist: Happy to be a Mormon

About Me

I’m a happily married mother of four sons. My profession provides comprehensive creativity as an author, journalist, artist and poet. I’m a California native and have lived and worked in many regions of the U.S. My greatest joy is my family. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Protestant, Christian household and attended church. Even at a young age, I was seeking a deeper understanding of who I really was, the meaning of life, if there was more to life than living on earth and how someone like me mattered in the grand scheme of things. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for in terms of religion, but knew I believed in God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost or Spirit. I hoped that one day I would find something that made perfect sense to me. When I was a young adult, my father learned all about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was baptized. I also had some friends at school who were Mormon, who lived their religion by example—an example that I appreciated. I had never seen my father so happy after he joined the Church, so I wanted to know more; however, being a person who believes in full commitment in anything I choose to do, I investigated further. I appreciated the patience and dedication of the young missionaries—and their righteous examples—who shared a message of great worth, of hope and truth. The best decision I ever made was becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. No longer were questions unanswered, as I learned how to pray to my Father in Heaven and receive answers for myself—answers that proved life-changing and helped me to grow and improve in many ways, as well as provide for a very interesting life, even when challenges may arise. I learned that God has a plan just for me, as he does for all of his children. The simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed me with a sure knowledge of the joy that is ours in life on earth, as well as in life eternal, if we would but follow Him and His example of charity—of pure love. With charity, everything else falls into place. Knowing that my family and I, together, can be a part of something of infinite worth, is the greatest blessing of all.

How I live my faith

People who know me personally know that I believe and fully engage in the principles of and activity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. If you see me at church, I’m the same person when you see me out in the community. People are comfortable asking me questions about what I believe in spiritually, and always feel welcome to share what they too believe in. I have friends all over the world of many different faiths. I serve others as a volunteer in different capacities and organizations, no matter what others’ beliefs are, and do so at local, regional, state, national and international levels. This is not just my personal conviction, but also a primary tenet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: to love one another—meaning, ALL people—and that others may worship how, where, or what they may. I have the privilege of learning from and embracing diversity and the differences we all share on a regular basis. Collectively, we can do so many great things to help others.