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Hi I'm Laura

I grew up in a loving but troubled home. My friends shared their faith with me. Now I’m filled with joy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 My parents were both alcoholics and there was always a lot of fighting going on in our home as I grew up. My parents must have taught me something about God because I grew up believing in Him, but our family didn't have a religion or a church. My family never talked about college so it was surprising to me when my new Mormon friends started talking about taking the college entrance tests and sounding like it was something really important. I took a few college classes, then served an 18-month mission to Chile. When I returned home I enrolled in college full-time and worked nights. I met my husband to be soon after and after we were married I continued school off and on as our children were born. I was thrilled when my oldest son and I graduated from a local university together. I love to learn and would love to be a perennial student. I enjoy reading, gardening with native California plants, hiking, and exploring new places with my husband, children, and grandchildren. I've been able to keep my Spanish fluent by working in the local school district. I love being able to help the Spanish-speaking, as well as English-speaking parents as they seek the best education for their children.

Why I am a Mormon

 When my best friend and I had a falling out in high school I needed to look for other people to hang out with because most of my long-time friends had gone to the rival school. As I looked around campus I saw someone I remembered as being friendly in junior high school and I approached her and asked if I could join her and her friends. Over the coming year I hung out with them in school and they would invite me to church activities once in a while. I enjoyed attending the activities and when they asked me if I would like to take the missionary lessons I said yes. During that same period of time I had been attending another local church and had even gone to their youth summer camp, but still didn't know much about what they believed. When I took the missionary discussions in my friend's home I found the answers for which I had been searching. I was baptized but only attended Church meetings sporadically until my friend pulled me aside and told me I needed to know if the Book of Mormon was true or not, and if it was, then I needed to attend Chuch regularly. I began to read the Mormon more seriously this time and to pray and ask the Lord if it were true. One evening as I was reading alone in my room, and had reached somewhere near the middle of the Book of Mormon, I received a witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon was true and have attended faithfully and regularly ever since. 

How I live my faith

Having a testimony that the Book of Mormon is true led to my testimony that we have living prophets and others inspired to lead and guide the church. Because of that belief I have always accepted every calling in which I have been asked to serve. Most recently I was serving as the 'Book of Mormon as a Second Language' Sunday School class. I loved helping the adult students to understand the scriptures and to pronounce the words properly so that they could be more comfortable reading in English. I was so sad when I was released from that calling but have now fallen in love all over again with the Primary children and songs as I serve as the Primary Music Leader.