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Hi I'm Laurel

I'm a young mom, a bit of a nerd, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm lucky enough to be married to my best friend. We have three terrific kids and another on the way. I am a book nerd and an amateur cartoonist. I majored in English despite the fact that I hate to write essays. I crochet for fun and profit. I enjoy taking my kids to the library and introducing them to the magic of books. I speak English, Spanish (Dominicano), and one sentence each in Haitian Creole and Klingon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but I still had to find my own testimony. I am grateful for the amazing example of my mother, who taught me that a real testimony comes after lots of faith, hard work and prayer. My family was united in the temple when I was in high school. It was the preparation for this experience that really cemented my testimony for me. I realized for myself that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I had the great blessing to serve as a full-time missionary for eighteen months, sharing the gospel with the people of the Dominican Republic. I met some amazing people and really came to understand how much Heavenly Father loves everyone, no matter where they are. My testimony was strengthened every day. When I decided to marry my sweetheart, we planned together to be wed for eternity in the temple and to raise our children in the gospel. My husband is my support as we learn and grow together. I know that Heavenly Father lives, that He loves us, and that He wants us to grow to be more like Him. I know that Jesus Christ died and was resurrected so that we might have the opportunity to live with Heavenly Father again, with our families. I cannot imagine a better way to spend forever.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a Sunday School teacher for the 9-to-10-year-old children in my congregation. As I help the children learn the basic principles of the gospel, I am reminded of how much our Heavenly Father cares for each and every one of us. I try to remember in my daily life that every person, no matter how they act or what they believe, is a beloved child of God. Remembering that certainly changes my attitude during the little trials of everyday life. I try to treat others with respect at all times. When difficult situations arise in my own life, I remember that I am also a beloved child of God, and that no matter what happens, He is aware of my needs and will help me to grow if I will seek His guidance.