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Hi I'm Loralee

I attend Brigham Young University, I love the gospel of Christ, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am eighteen years old, and I am currently a freshman at BYU having the time of my life! I'm not sure what I'd like to major in quite yet, so I'm dipping my toes into every random subject of interest out there in the hopes of finding something I love. My current favorite class is Book of Mormon 121 because my teacher has the greatest gospel insights and stories out of everyone I know, so each class is a powerful, uplifting spiritual experience. I am the seventh consecutive girl in my family with two energetic younger brothers taking up the rear, so add four brothers-in-law and nine nieces and nephews to the mix and we make up quite the circus. :) I love each of them dearly, and my parents are the greatest in the world. I've performed in fifteen full length musicals, so singing and acting make up my two favorite hobbies. I grew up in Virginia for the most part, so the only time I spent with members of my faith was either in early morning seminary, youth activities, or Sabbath day services. I loved and continue to love my nonmember friends, and I'm grateful to know them. Now, as a full time college student at a religious university, the majority of my close friends are members, and having the gospel of Christ in common with these wonderful people whom I love is even better than I imagined! Sharing our testimonies and love for the word of God with each other uplifts me everyday, and I could not be happier anywhere other than where I am right now. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but it has been a personal choice that has kept me here. Over the years of weekly, and now daily (thanks to seminary) church attendance and many summer camps that the church has offered, I have gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the principles taught here. Following the principles and ordinances of the church has made me a better, and therefore happier, person. My testimony began in Primary, the organization of all children between five and twelve. I felt the Spirit of the Lord even though I wasn't even in the double-digits yet! Because every person feels the Holy Ghost in different ways, I have learned to recognize how it works for me. When I feel the Spirit of the Lord, it is as if I am being wrapped up in a warm blanket and, because I am a very visual person, I can see a physical difference in the world around me. Everything is lighter, brighter, and much more beautiful and comforting.The Spirit is not always so strong that that exact feeling is with me everywhere, but because I received the Gift of the Holy Ghost after being baptized at age eight, I can carry a portion of it with me where ever I go. Even when I am surrounded by dirty and inappropriate things at school, I can hum a church hymn or think of Christ to bring the Spirit back to me. The Spirit testified to me through these same feelings that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church on Earth and that Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the restored church truly was a prophet who was directed by Heavenly Father in all he did to help the church. I know that The Book of Mormon is true. I know the God is our true Heavenly Father, and that we are literally His sons and daughters. He loves us infinitely, in a way that we can't even comprehend. I know that Jesus Christ is our older brother and our Savior, and that he suffered the sins of the world in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross where he died.

How I live my faith

I live my faith mostly by following the standards for the teenagers of the church, which are printed in a pamphlet called "For the Strength of Youth." These standards include guidelines on modesty, language, strengthening personal families, living lives of service, and much, much more. There are very few members of the church in my school and area, so doing so sets me apart from the majority of the peers I interact with because I try to stay pure and clean and uplifting every day. Also, in the church, I am the Ward Chorister, which means that I go up in front of the congregation on Sundays and conduct the hymns and music that we sing. In my youth group made up of girls called "Laurels" who are sixteen through seventeen, I am First Counselor which basically means Vice President. This role requires me to meet with the rest of the Presidency and discuss how best to help the girls in our class.