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Hi I'm Laurel

California has always been my home. I love music, reading, knitting, making bread, and gardening. I'm a mom and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of three grown children. I dropped out of college when my first baby was born. I wanted to go back to college and finish my degree when my children were all in school, but that didn't work out because I ended up home schooling my children. Now they have all gone away to college, so I returned to school in January, and I will complete my degree in December. I love to learn, and I love to read. I enjoy both nonfiction and fiction. One of my favorite genres is children's picture books, and I would love to write stories for picture books if I could talk my daughter into illustrating them. I love to spend my time in good-old-fashioned domestic activities: needlework, cooking, and gardening. I find it deeply satisfying to produce useful items like clothes to wear and food to eat. If they are beautiful, too--even better.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents, but when I was a young teenager, I wanted to know for sure if what I learned in church was true. I started reading The Book of Mormon when I was a freshman in high school. I found it so interesting that I couldn't wait to get home from school to read more and find out what happened to the people I was reading about. I learned of Jesus Christ and his gospel of salvation. I felt good when I read and I wanted to have that feeling all the time. I accepted the challenge in the last chapter of The Book of Mormon to pray to God and ask him if what I had read was true: as promised, I received an answer through the Holy Ghost. The answer came directly to my heart and mind that God lives, that Jesus Christ is his Son and the Savior of the world, and that the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are called of God as his representatives on earth and they teach the truth. This assurance has given me peace, comfort, and hope ever since. There is a lot of turbulence in the world, but the eternal truths of the gospel are steady and constant and have given me something secure in my life to hold on to.

How I live my faith

Music has always been a big part of my life and an important element of my faith and worship. I love to sing and I learned to play the piano when I was very young. When I was 14, I was given the opportunity to play the piano in the Primary (children's organization) meetings for singing time, an assignment I fulfilled for most of my teen years. In the decades since that time, I have had many opportunities to contribute musically in church--accompanying the singing in Primary and in worship services, singing in and directing choirs, and accompanying choirs and soloists on the piano and organ. My favorite musical activity has always been singing hymns as a member of the congregation. When I was a little child in Primary, I was deeply touched by singing songs about Jesus Christ, and that awakened my faith in Him. That faith is strengthened every Sunday when I sing the hymns about Jesus and his atoning sacrifice in preparation to receive the Sacrament.