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Lara: Mom, Lara Updike, Sequim, Washington, Olympic Peninsula, Outdoors, Mormon.

Hi I'm Lara

About Me

I have many interests and hobbies, but I spend most of my time cleaning, feeding and teaching children. I've sacrficed other dreams and ambitions to be a mother because I believe it's the most important and rewarding job in the world. Heaven on earth is a day at the beach or in the mountains with my wondeful husband and four beautiful children.

Why I am a Mormon

I descend from some of the earliest members of the Church. Their stories of faith, sacrifice and miracles inspire me. I know the faith they embraced is true because I have tested it out for myself. The gospel of Jesus Christ has lifted me and my family, tied us together for eternity and given us direction in a confusing world. I cannot imagine life without the gift of the Holy Ghost, a gift given through priesthood power at the time of baptism. This gift allows me to continually communicate with my Father in Heaven, obtaining wisdom, direction and peace.

How I live my faith

The heart of my faith is in giving service to others. This is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. While sending money to disaster zones or getting involved in politics are good ways to serve the community, I think the most important service we give is in our homes and neighborhoods: showing love through the way we talk to our spouse, the way we teach our children, the way we share with our neighbors, respect our coworkers and encourage our friends. Changing the world starts with changing our hearts so that we have "no more disposition to do evil." Through daily prayer and scripture study, I work each day to put off evil and selfish desires and replace them with the pure love of Christ.