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Hi I'm Lorie

I grew up on a dairy farm in Idaho. I am a mother and physical therapist and I love to garden. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a dairy farm in rural Idaho but always wanted to live on the East coast. I got my wish when I was accepted into graduate school in Virginia. I have five children and enjoy working with them on school projects, watching them in sporting activities, and helping with their musical interests. I also work as a physical therapist and help people get stronger and safer so that they can return to their own homes and resume their lives after surgeries or illnesses. I love music and grew up playing the piano and singing. While in college, I took an organ class and since then, have taught myself to play the organ for church services. I love art, especially paintings and sculpture and one day, hope to learn to oil paint. Some day I will have time to dedicate to this interest. I love to garden and "play" in the dirt. There is no real dirt where I live now, so I am learning to cultivate and grow plants native to the area that will survive the heat, sand, and wet humid summers.

Why I am a Mormon

While in college, I decided that I wanted to share my faith in Jesus Christ and his Church with other people. I was able to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. This year and a half of my life was dedicated to teaching people I did not know about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and their plan for us to return and live with them. I watched people change their lives because they came to know for themselves of Heavenly Father's plan of happiness for them and their families. I know that Heavenly Father loves us. He sent His Son to suffer for our sins so that we could be forgiven when we repent. His teachings help us know why we need to repent; they show us his great love for us. We can live with our families forever and with Heavenly Father and Jesus. They want us to come home to them but we have to be clean and that is why Jesus came to earth. As I read the scriptures and pray, as I repent and do what is right, I feel their love. I feel happy and I feel at peace. When I do right, I know and I know that they are pleased with me. That means a lot to me. I don't have to be perfect on my own; I just need to keep working and through the grace of Christ, one day, I will be made perfect.

How I live my faith

Every day I try to be my best self, to be a witness for our Savior, Jesus Christ. I treat others with respect and use language that shows I respect them and myself. I am honest in my work and relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and strangers. At church, I play the piano for congregational singing and then go with the children to their classes and play the piano for them. I also work with the women in our branch and help to organize and encourage them to visit each other in their homes. We do this to strengthen one another's faith, to strengthen our families, and to offer help and service to those who are in need. Jesus taught in Matthew 25: 40, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." I believe this is true and try to live my life accordingly. Over the years I have served in various positions in the church--teacher for adult Sunday School class, children's primary teacher, in music for singing or playing the piano/organ, in the women's organization, and working with the youth. I have taught classes on self-reliance, gardening, food storage. I spend time working on family history--my own life history through my journal, scrapbooks, and photo albums--as well as searching out ancestors and linking them in a family tree.