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Hi I'm Laurene

I like music, researching family roots, reading with my children, laughing with grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom. I love learning about history, and my children let me follow them in their classes by letting me read to and with them about past presidents, pilgrims, and pioneers. I am a grandma, and am watching little ones learn to laugh and roll over for the first time via web camera and sometimes REAL TIME!

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am a Mormon? I suppose I am a Mormon because my parents are Mormons and their parents were Mormons, and their parents before them were Mormons. My ancestors traveled from a homeland, leaving comforts and familiar surroundings, to gather with people of similar beliefs and build a secure place to raise their children and families. When I was four years old, however, my father and mother left their secure nesting places in the Western United States and college in the Northwest to travel to New England. I grew up in a place where very few people had heard of Mormons, let alone knew what we believed. My father served in leadership positions that allowed our family to deliver paper sacks filled with food and Christmas to little unheated shacks in the mountains. I remember feeling happy to share new dolls and toys that local merchants had donated. Later, we each basked in stories about the families who had not only eaten the supplies in those bags but had read scriptures that had been left with them and in spite of difficulty and death to loved ones had found comfort in the message of the Savior.

How I live my faith

As families are the crowning doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I find joy in building home. Just before my oldest daughter was born, our prophet encouraged moms to come “home to your children, born and unborn”. I was graduating from college, and finances were limited. In fact, our expenses exceeded our income. On my way to a “job source” building to seek for work, the hymn resounded through my mind, “Come listen to a prophet’s voice.” This was not convenient. It did not exactly feel logical. But, it felt right. Putting heads together, scrimping a little, accepting dry food stuffs from extended family, and other assistance from kind siblings, we made ends meet, and I was blessed to stay home with my daughters. My husband and I hope to be missionaries someday. He served a mission to Central America. I went to Florida. Because my Spanish is not as fluent, I regularly read the church magazines in Spanish and English to brush up, so I can keep up! I also teach family history. I have recently taught four year olds on Sunday (very entertaining—I miss them!) and practice the organ so if we go to Madagascar or somewhere that has no organist, I will have something fun to do. I enjoy being a parent to teenage, young adult, and adult children. We are learning that life itself is about faith--as we encourage one another to stretch and reach for the best within us, joy is there—at the end, the start, and even the hard parts. It is what families are about. It is why we are here. It is why we are thankful for a Savior, who grants us power beyond our own. A hope for eternal life seems often like it is for later, but eternal life can also be now!