A mermaid at heart, Lorelei Kay is the author of the multi award-winning memoir From Mormon to Mermaid. She also writes poetry that’s been published in magazines, anthologies, and online.
She loves beaches, waterfalls, Jacuzzis, and bubble baths. In fact, she finds soaking in bubbles particularly conducive to writing!
Unsurprisingly, her namesake is the Lorelei—the German mermaid who perches on the River Rhine—who her father learned of when he served in Italy as a soldier in WWII.
She became hooked on writing when her father sat her on his knee and helped her create her first poem.
Lorelei grew up in Salt Lake City and became an official member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—known as the Mormon Church—on her eighth birthday when her father baptized her in a font in the Temple Square Tabernacle.
At home her mother told her stories of her pioneer ancestors who crossed the plains to find religious freedom.
Lorelei performed the Mormon ritual of being baptized for the dead in the Salt Lake temple. She took organ lessons in the basement of the Tabernacle and even had the opportunity to play the world-famous Tabernacle Organ.
She later attended Brigham Young University and was sealed to her husband for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles temple.
Lorelei’s transformation began when her bishop called her to teach Gospel Doctrine, the scripture class for adults, which included the Bible, Book of Mormon, and “Doctrine and Covenants,” which is Church History.
Like anything else her bishop asked her to do, she put her whole heart and soul into it.
As she continued to study and pray, she began to realize the depth of problems and complications in Mormon doctrine and history.
And that is when–all halibut broke loose.
A symbol of transformation
mermaids whisper from the sea—
Live true to your inner heartstrings,
and your truth will set your free.
Lorelei’s lucky sea shells shone bright on the magical multiple-seven numbered day of July 7, 2017.
On that date, she and her handsome merman were married by a Mermaid!