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Hi I'm Lenore

I grew up in a big family in the USA. My husband and I have room for one more friend. There are no strangers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother and school teacher. Of my five children, one was diagnosed with autism at 2and 1/2. My husband and I continue to work to remediate his autism. Our other four children have sacrificed some of their wants so that we can see to our special needs son. After 14 years as a stay as home mom, I returned to teaching as a middle/highschool Spanish teacher. I applied so that one of my daughters could qualify to attend a charter middle school for gifted students. It has been challenging. I didn't know if I could recover the Spanish I learned in my public school years and as an exchange student to Mexico in the 1980's. The daily challenges have enlivened my mind and I frequently remind myself: What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.-Friedrich Nietzsche Our family decided to invest in a house where my aging parents myself, husband typical and special children could live together. We just moved in and are now unpacking and making it a home just in time for Christmas.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I have a personal testimony. When I was an exchange student in Mexico, I was away from my family for the first time. I read the Book of Mormon and studied on my own, on a roof top in Culiacan, Sinaloa. I prayed fervently to my father for guidance and I felt his comfort and assurance so strong that tears spilled from my eyes and ran down my cheeks. Since then, I have been blessed with guidance on mundane things like where I put my keys to where I should look for my son, who because of his autism, wandered away from the safety of home. I felt the comfort of the Holy Ghost when I suffered in the hospital from physical ailments and when I felt anxiety that seemed to come from nowhere. I felt the spirit testify of the truth when I read or learned about academic or gospel things. When I was eight I was baptized and given the gift of the Holy Ghost. This third memeber of the God head can be with me when I live worthy of his companionship. I have been promised that I will be guided through every endeavor humble or glorious through prayer. It makes me feel like a heel when I realize that I have slacked off at anytime to invite the spirit into my life through prayer.

How I live my faith

At this time I teach the youth sunday school class for 12 and 13 year olds as they learn about the prophets of the church. We studied Ezra Taft Benson today. He was called to be one of the 12 apostles just before WW II and one of his responcibilities was to help to remove the missionaries serving in Europe before they fell into harms way at the potential hand of the Nazi agressors. The missionaries in some areas had already been asked not to wear their identifying tags and communication was not as easy then as it is now. At one time President Benson walked through a train stations humming "Come Come Ye Saints" and successfully found missionaries. President Benson served as Agricultural Secretary in the US cabinent while one of the 12 appostles with special permission from the Prophet of the time. He also served in Europe again after WW II gathering the beleagered saints and helping to provide for their physical and spiritual needs. In the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints there is not a paid clergy. Instead all of us member have the opportunity to grow through service in the church. We get to pray, teach deliver talks (they take the place of sermons) and visit other members of our congregation to build them up, teach them and serve them. We receive blessings in heaven for our service, friendships develop as we work alongside one another and talents are discovered and developed. As we serve, we also have the opportunity to receive service. Some of us find it easy to help others but not easy to let others help us. The Lord has woven into each of our lives opportunities for both. It is humbling and gives us more gratitude.