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Hi I'm Lori

I am a convert, a mother, grandmother, sister, artist, and teacher. I grew up in Montana. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am an elementary art teacher. I currently teach 1st-8th graders at a large charter school in Arizona, USA. I love art. I returned to college after I raised my family and graduated with a teaching degree when I was 50 years old. I have felt the sustaining power of my Heavenly Father as I have pursued this career. I know I am where the Lord needs me at this time of my life. My favorite people call me grandma. I have five wonderful little grandsons. There is something magical about seeing my children become parents. I know that God has a plan for us and that family is the center of that plan. Love is meant to last forever. I enjoy knitting, crocheting, all types of arts and crafts, swimming, nature walks, reading, and cooking.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fellowshipped by the youth of my ward when I was 16 years. old. My religious upbringing came from attending church on Saturdays and Vacation Bible School occasionally with my grandmother who was Seventh-Day Adventist. I began searching for God when I was a teenager. Every night I would look at a picture I had of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns and recite the only prayer I knew, "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take." In the following year a dear classmate invited me to attend the week night youth activities in the LDS church. I loved it. I realized I could be with friends who were not drinking or smoking and have fun. When I approached my father to ask to be baptized he suggested I keep attending until I was sure that this life changing decision was one I would be able to stand behind for the rest of my life. Later, I was baptized when I was 17 years old. This was the hardest decision I had ever made, to join the church without my family. My family continues to support me. They attended the Idaho Falls Temple Visitor's Center the day I was sealed for all eternity to my wonderful husband. They have attended baby blessings when they could. I love them dearly and pray that someday we will be sealed forever as a family. I know that I was meant to find the gospel of Jesus Christ. I feel most at home when I attend the temple. I have a testimony of the restored church. I know Jesus is my Savior and this gives everything else in my life meaning. I love the Prophet Joseph Smith and his courage to bring forth the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have received many blessings and answers to prayers throughout my life and feel like the young boy, Joseph Smith, when after the first vision he said, "I knew it and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it...that by doing so I would offend God." I believe that God is aware of all of His children and He waits patiently for us to go to Him in prayer.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by praying to recognize the promptings of the Spirit every day. I believe that everyone is doing the best they can with the knowledge they have. I refrain from judging others. I try to see others the way the Lord sees them and then treat them with love and kindness. I am currently serving as the adult Sunday School teacher. This has caused me to study my scriptures more and seek the Spirit harder. I love learning about Church History this year.