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Hi I'm Laura

I am a stay-at-home-mom of two young children. I have FSH muscular dystrophy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home mom of two children, ages 2 and 4. I am married to a wonderful, patient husband. I love to sew, garden, take pictures, and try to be creative. My children keep me busy, sometimes drive me crazy, but ultimately make the world a happier place with their loves and snuggles. I studied Interior Design in college and before having children, I enjoyed working in that field. I especially love using the computer to draw plans. Someday I hope to pursue this field again. For the past 10 years, I've struggled as Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy FSH has slowly taken my abilities away from me. Currently I wear braces on my legs to help me walk. Someday I fear I will have to rely on other means of assistance. Being a mother with this challenge is difficult, to say the least, but I know that this trial has shaped me into the woman that I am. This challenge inhibits the physical abilities it takes to be a mother. I watch as other mothers run with their children, throw them high into the air, or simply pick them up without effort. While those aren't things I will be able to do in this life, I have learned to focus on what I CAN do. I can love them. I can teach them of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I can give them hope. I am likely done having children. The pregnancies have left my body weak and deteriorated. I have been given these two precious spirits to provide a body for, and I will give my all to help them understand who they are and why we are here.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that it makes me happy. I was born and raised in a Mormon family. As a teenager and young adult, I questioned those things. I think that it is natural to do so. But I have gained a firm testimony that this church is, indeed, true. I know that when I live my life according to the standards set by the church, I am happy. When I don't, I'm unhappy and lost. I know that when I pray and read scriptures every day, life seems to be easier. And when I serve others in the ways the church gives all its members an opportunity to do, I forget about myself, focus on others, and feel more fulfilled in my life. In the Mormon church, we learn about why we are here on this earth. We learn why we have the challenges we are faced with. In dealing with FSH and my health, it is easy to get discouraged. But, then I remember what the Spirit has taught me: That we are on this earth for a short time compared to the eternities that await us. That when we die, our bodies will be resurrected and PERFECTED. The knowledge and hope that brings to me is what urges me to continue on. I know that while my challenges may seem daunting, they are my refiner's fire. How I react to the trials is what is important. Do I become bitter and depressed? Or do I take what I am given, stay positive, and then go on to serve others and make their burdens light? I strive every day to try to do the latter.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Primary President -- which is the organization over the children 18 months -12 years old. Working with the children is amazing. I love feeling the spirit that those children bring. I also am a visiting teacher and visit some women who are inactive and home bound. I have also served as a pianist and teacher in the children's organization and the women's organization.

Are Mormons Christians?

Laura
Well, it is in the name the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. We are Christians. We believe in Christ. Without his infinite Atonement and teachings, we would all be lost. He is our Redeemer and Savior. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Laura
When we live our lives according to God's laws, we may enter into the temple. Only those who are worthy may enter. We receive many blessings by attending the temple. A man and woman can be sealed together in the temple. Any children that are born after a couple in sealed are also sealed to their parents. If the couple already has children, they go to be sealed in the temple to their parents. Once sealed, a family can be together forever -- if they keep the covenants and promises made in the temple. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Laura
Being a Mormon is a way of life. It isn't just about going to church on Sunday. We daily try to read the scriptures and pray. We try to focus on wholesome activities. On Monday nights, we have "Family Home Evening." We sit down, as a family, and have a gospel lesson. We pray at mealtimes. We pray at bedtimes. We refrain from using bad language, drugs, and alcohol. But, after all that is said and done, Mormon families aren't so different from other families. We still have trouble getting our children to eat. We still get frustrated with our children and spouses. We still deal with many of the same issues that other families deal with. Show more Show less