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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an almost empty nester. Our youngest child will be leaving home to set up her own family this summer. My interest include reading. My favorite book is the Book of Mormon but I also enjoy historical fiction and books on current issues I am interested in. In 2009, after being laid off from my job, I decided to begin volunteering and chose being an Art Docet in a local program. Now I go into classrooms a couple of times a month to teach about Artists and then we do an art project relating to the artist, his style or an art skill. This has been a wonderful journey for me. I also sew and we have begun to travel more now that the children are gone. 

Why I am a Mormon

I began my journey as a Mormon 40 years ago. An aquaintance at school invited me to her home to meet with two young missionaries. They taught me about the restoration of the gospel and asked me to be baptized over the course of several meetings. I went home and discussed this with my parents. My father said to me "If you want to be baptized then do it, but if not, do not waste their time." I decided not to waste their time and did not meet with them for about two weeks. During that time I came to realize how important their teachings were to me. I began to meet with them and was baptized. My friend's family had what I wanted a better life than I knew I would have without the gospel. My testimony was young and immature but has grown until I know that I am a Child of God and I want to return to my Heavenly Father someday. The gospel of Jesus Christ, as restored through Joseph Smith, has given me the tools I need to grow into the person I want to become. I am still on that journey but with more confidence now than I had in the beginning.

How I live my faith

My faith grows as I read the scriptures and pray. My faith grows when I listen to the quiet promptings that come to me and act upon those promptings. My faith grows when I accept opportunities to serve within the restored Church especially when it takes me out of my comfort zone. My faith grows when I accept others for who they are and where they are at that moment in their life. My faith grows when I see small and large miracles happen. I grow in faith when I put my life into the care of the Lord who watches over me. I find faith as others reach out to help me when I didn't even know I needed help. Perhaps the most joyful opportunity to live my faith came as we raised five children on a minimal income. They bring me much joy as they have gone out into the world and established their own families. It takes a lot of faith at times to raise a larger family in these ever more challenging times.