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Hi I'm Loren

I'm finally retired (former auto industry "lifer", from the farms of southeastern Idaho), and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Most of my career was in the U.S. auto industry, headquartered near Detroit, MI. My company also provided the opportunity to work and live outside the U.S.-- in Austria, Mexico, and Germany. It was a wonderful and enriching experience for our entire family. Our children learned German and Spanish and were able to gain a personal appreciation of other cultures and nationalities. Not only were my professional activities expanded, but our family and church experiences were significantly enhanced. And, we loved the people--many of whom became life-long friends.

Why I am a Mormon

My great grandparents were early converts to our Church in the 1850's in Europe.

How I live my faith

An engaged member of our church has many opportunities to serve. We are asked to help wherever we can, but also receive assignments which "challenge" us to expand our talents. Many of my church assignments involved working with the youth. I am a great advocate of the Scouting program, which has also directly influenced our family--our sons are all Eagle Scouts. One son's Eagle Service Project significantly assisted an orphanage near Mexico City--some of the assistance organized at that time, over a decade and a half ago, still continues today. I also had an assignment to organize two Emergency Preparedness Fairs for our church units in Southeast Michigan, and which were open to the community. We had excellent response, especially after a 2003 power blackout, which affected most of the northeastern U.S. and upper Midwestern states. Most meaningful, perhaps, is the opportunity to visit other members on a regular basis, outside of the normal Sunday meetings, and to receive visits from other members. We are also encouraged to be a good neighbor and friend to those in our community--in this busy world, this reminder is often timely and necessary, and brings great blessings.