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Hi I'm Lori

and I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I love being a Mormon! My best friend in high school first introduced me to the gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a teenager, I was thoroughly impressed that she chose to be at school every morning from 6am to attend seminary, when most of us could barely make on time for our first 8am class. My 'why' questions (why don't you drink coffee? why don't you ever use profanity? why do you spend so much time with your family? why do you know how to bake so many cookies from scratch?) led to invitations that I gratefully accepted: fun and wholesome activities with young women my age, stake dances with clean music and attending church regularly with her family. My friend went to BYU and I eventually graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a BA in Film & Media. Then I studied for my MFA in Film at NYU before moving from New York to London for my first job in research and production for the BBC. During my 6 years in England, I met and married my husband. Within weeks of our wedding, we relocated from the UK to the US for his job and I was hired by a large Madison Avenue marketing agency. Exactly 10 months and 3 weeks after our wedding day, we joyfully welcomed our firstborn child into the world. Our family has grown to 3 incredible daughters, including an aspiring actress, a future Olympian equestrian, and a potential soprano in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. My life is truly blessed with laughter, friends and happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I joined the church, I was an expert in heaping guilt upon myself because of choices I had made in my past. There were lots of voices in my head and around me telling me to forgive, love, accept, release, protect and free myself. And yet, there was no peace. Absolution was not mine to give. I arrived at a critical inflection point of my life, unsure how I got there or where to go to. I believed in God and that He answers our prayers, so I got on my knees and prayed. The next day the missionaries knocked on our door. My eldest daughter and I started the lessons immediately. I read the Book of Mormon and I prayed, receiving confirmation that it was truly the word of God. When I was baptized, I felt the individual gift of the atonement working as my sins were washed away. I know now that only Jesus Christ can grant me absolution- only he can carry my burden- only he could free my heart, mind, body and soul from its spiritual prison. During my Temple worthiness interview with my Bishop, we discussed the concept of clean vs unclean. He taught using Alma the Younger from the Book of Mormon as a parable. Alma the Younger was the son of a prophet, but he didn't follow the ways of his father and caused a lot of problems by persecuting the faithful followers of the church. His father prayed for Alma the Younger until finally an angel appeared to Alma and commanded him to change his ways, which he did. After this spiritual experience, Alma the Younger became a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and a missionary who spread the Lord's message. After the penance was done, I too, was able to rise from my knees, truly new. As I left the interview, the power implicit in the gift of the atonement was engraved forever upon my heart. I testify that Jesus IS the Christ — the only begotten son of God, the Father and that because of this he had power over death. He voluntarily gave up his life that we might live. Three days after his body expired, he was resurrected, fulfilling the promise of the atonement for each and every one of us. As I learned firsthand, we do not have the power to sanctify ourselves. Without the Savior, no offering we give is enough. My life has become happier because I have learned and live the true gospel principles, including repentance and understanding what the atonement of Jesus Christ means for my life and that of my family. In the Garden of Gethsemane the Savior saw me, personally and he loved me enough to suffer for my sins, my pain, my weaknesses…this is what I remember and pray about every week at church as I partake of the sacrament.

How I live my faith

In the church, I serve as a Teacher in my ward for the young women aged 12-13. My lessons are based in gospel principles centered on our values: individual worth, faith, knowledge, choice and accountability, divine nature, good works, integrity and virtue. I stay connected to the young women as well as many other members of the ward through Facebook. I've met other Mormons on Twitter and other social media sites, frequently discussing how to live my faith.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Lori
It starts by example. Children model what they see and are highly attuned to hypocrisy. Teach them to want to be modest in word and deed. Support their parents to be role models of modesty in dress and language. Surround the family with other families who share the same beliefs and the children will follow what they see being emulated around them. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Lori
The missionaries are upstanding young people who have saved money to support themselves for 1.5 - 2 years while they are serving as volunteers to teach interested people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They will answer big questions you may have about God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, the Plan of Happiness, Eternal Marriage, Agency... as well as why we don't drink coffee or tea or alcohol. Show more Show less