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Hi I'm Lori

Wife, mother of 5, grandmother of 3, musician, substitute teacher... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised in the great Pacific Northwest, I graduated in music education, married my wonderful husband, and taught music and Spanish in a junior high school, quitting after two years in order to stay at home and care for our first child. My husband and I have now been married over 30 years, have five beautiful children and three amazing grandchildren, with 2 more coming soon! I currently teach an adult Sunday School class, teach piano lessons, and substitute teach occasionally for our local middle school music teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because my parents learned about the gospel when I was 12 years old and wanted our whole family to join the Church. At the time I knew very little about the Church, but my parents kept going to church and kept bringing us children. I'm so grateful to my parents for their example and their persistence in attending Church with us, because all three of us children eventually came to know for ourselves that the Church truly has what it purports to have: the pure gospel of Jesus Christ, restored to the earth in these latter days. I continue to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ today because I have learned through personal experience that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and cares about me enough to guide my life when I seek His help through prayer; I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He lived to show me and others the way to live happily, and that He died so we might live happily eternally, as families. I am grateful to know, through prayer, that Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God, called by Him to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth in these days preceding the Savior's second coming. I know that "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ" (translated by Joseph Smith through the gift and power of God) is a true record of God's dealing with some of the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. I am a Mormon because it gives me great happiness when I live my life in accordance with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith is a daily endeavor. Though I often fall far short, I strive to seek, recognize, and respond to the Spirit of the Lord and to be of service to others, including my own family. When I do fall short, I am so grateful that I can repent and change for the better, through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. For many years I have served as a "visiting teacher" wherever I have lived. This means that I visit certain of the sisters in my congregation each month to make sure everything is going well with them and to help them in any way I can. I have served in the Church in many capacities during my life--women's group leader, choir director, organist, children's teacher, youth group leader, and now adult Sunday School teacher. Serving in the Church helps me learn how to help others most effectively, and is a source of great joy in my life. In trying to fulfill these responsibilities I have grown to be a stronger, more educated, and more compassionate person. I believe that I show my love for the Lord by serving His children, and the Church gives me that opportunity. I have also volunteered in classrooms and in various sports as my children have gone through the public schools. I believe that my service to others is a way I can show my love for my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. (see Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2:17).

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Lori
All Mormons are not required to serve a mission. Members are free to choose whether they will serve a mission or not. All young men who reach the minimum age of 18, and are physically and emotionally capable of service, are encouraged and expected to serve, but it is not a requirement in order to remain a member in good standing. Unmarried young women who reach the minimum age of 19 are not required or even expected to serve a mission, but, as President Thomas S. Monson (our current prophet) has said, addressing the single young women, "Sisters, while you do not have the same...responsibility as do the young men to serve as full-time missionaries, you also make a valuable contribution as missionaries, and we welcome your service." ("Liahona" magazine, January 2011) I myself chose to serve a mission at age 22, and it was one of the hardest but also one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Many retired men and women (including married couples) also serve missions. All missionary service in the Church is voluntary, and missionaries are not paid for their service. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Lori
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. We believe there is one standard of morality: complete abstinence from all sexual relations before marriage, and total fidelity within marriage. In other words, all sex outside a marriage between a man and a woman is not in accordance with the Lord's plan of happiness for His children. The teaching of the Church regarding same sex attraction is explained very lovingly by one of our past prophets, Gordon B. Hinckley: “People inquire about our position on those who consider themselves so-called gays and lesbians. My response is that we love them as sons and daughters of God. They may have certain inclinations which are powerful and which may be difficult to control. Most people have inclinations of one kind or another at various times. If they do not act upon these inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church. If they violate the law of chastity and the moral standards of the Church, then they are subject to the discipline of the Church, just as others are." Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Lori
The Book of Mormon is a religious account of God's dealings with some of the prophets and peoples of the New World (the Americas), just as the Bible is a religious account of God's dealings with some of the prophets and peoples of the Old World. The main part of the Book of Mormon covers a time span of approximately 600 B.C. to A.D. 420, although one portion relates the account of a more ancient group. Because the peoples of the Book of Mormon originated in Israel (coming to the New World by boat), there are many connections between the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Both books together form a powerful witness that Jesus Christ truly is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. In fact, one of my favorite parts of the Book of Mormon is the account of the physical visit and beautiful teachings of Jesus Christ to people in the Americas, following His crucifixion and resurrection on the other side of the world (found in 3 Nephi, chapters 11 - 26). I love the Book of Mormon, because reading it draws me closer to the Lord and inspires me to serve Him more earnestly. Show more Show less