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Hi I'm LuAnn Preston

I'm a mother, grandmother, taught an aerobics exercise class for 30 years and love serving like Jesus! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of five children and six grandchildren. I am most happy when I am serving. My love for my family has increased because I enjoyed serving them. My husband has his own law practice and I have loved supporting him as he has kept it going for the last 30 years. I have been blessed to serve in the church and our community. One of my favorite things to do was teaching music in the elementary school classes where my children attended. For 15 years I taught 1-4 classes a week including patriotic, seasonal, character building, and fun songs! After teaching for 8 of those years two songs about not taking drugs I was asked to have the 120 fifth grade children to perform at the DARE PROGRAM. At our first practice it was amazing that all of the students already knew the songs and actions because some time in their 6 years I had taught each one of them. I was president for three years for the Young Mothers of America for the American Mothers Association in our state and enjoyed leading three study groups for young mothers in our community. I enjoyed attending the American Mothers Conventions as well. I have taught an aerobic dancing/exercise class for the last thirty years - the last twenty have been in our church building for the women of all ages. We have young mothers with their children at our feet, which we love. These young mothers in the class love to discuss their raising children issues with the older mothers and each other. We love our workout, too!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and was blessed with a love of the gospel! I love the Book of Mormon as it has taught me since I was a little girl how to live life to its fullest and how to avoid the pitfalls of life. I recognized at a teenager the cycles the Nephites went through and how to avoid them in my life which helped me to stay strong during those tough growing up years! During my 32 years of being a mother and grandmother I have had great confidence in my purpose on earth and trusted in the prophets and apostles to guide my husband, family and me. I have believed my whole life that I am a very important person and that all God's children on this earth are equally important. I knew that the woman's role of being a wife and mother was the most important I could have in this life. The teachings of Jesus Christ have improved my life and given me faith to know that through each trial I can be strengthend and healed by my faith in him. About ten years ago I was told I had a lump in my breast. After a mamogram and seeing the doctor I was to have surgery to remove the lump as it was believed to be cancerous. I asked our home teacher and my husband to give me a blessing! I remember specifically the words during the anointing and the blessing, "thy faith hath made thee whole." I was also told in that blessing that I should follow the doctors recommendations. I had such great peace that I didn't even need to tell my family or friends about the problem. I knew I was made whole and that all would be well. The lump came back last year and I thought to myself that I had been given ten years to enjoy life, so I told he Lord that if my time was up on earth I was willing to do his will in this matter. My husband and I agreed that we could turn it over to the Lord. I am grateful to say that I did not have cancer. I know I still have things to do on this earth. I know that as I do my best with each challenge, God will give me the strength to get through it.

How I live my faith

I love serving wherever called in the church and my latest joy has been as the director of the girls camp skit "Beauties and the Priests" for 36 young women. One of my daughters wrote a most clever skit and my other daughter choreographed it! We had so much joy creating a skit with dancing, singing and the staging and knowing that the young woman were proud to present! It also brought us great satisfaction to get to know these wonderful young ladies. I also love to play the piano for the choir and soloists in our church and community! I am thrilled to be their support as they sing their songs with their interpretations and styles. Recently I played for a young man who just joined the church five months ago. He has been to universitites that specialize in musical productions. He is applying now to get his masters at one of our church's universities and needed an audition video. I had a day to learn his songs and I was so happy I could play for someone so talented and full of enthusiasm for the love of musicals! But my greatest joy comes with my calling as a visiting teacher!! I have several women who each have their own set of trials in life. One who had been in foster care most of her life and seven years ago when she was trying to return to church activity became one of my very best friends. She is now trying to raise one of her granddaughters. I have been able to teach her granddaughter to sing and play the piano. For another one, who doesn't come to church, I take a dinner to her family each month. Another can't come to church because of health issues and I recently took care of her dog, bunnies and fishes so she could go on a family trip for the weekend. I also received great joy working with a woman that visit teaches with me who joined the church a year ago. She lost her husband of forty years to cancer six months ago. She couldn't have children so the church is now her family! We love to go out to dinner and a movie together.