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Hi I'm Launa.

I am a wife. I am a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife. I am a mother to five children. I am a college graduate that has never sought employment with my degree. I am a homemaker. My focus is on my family. My days are meals, grocery ads, games, tv, videogames, homework, music lessons, jokes that the kids think are funny, cheering for small performances, housework, yardwork, swimming, friends, snacks, bike-riding, reading, and naps. I love being at home. Maybe when all my kids are in school I will become a music teacher, a librarian, a professional photographer, a swim instructor, or maybe my house will be clean.

Why I am a Mormon

I have had experiences and feelings throughout my life that have created in me a feeling of surety and desire to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some experiences are very small—a happy feeling in a quiet moment. Some are more obvious—peace in a time of trial. Some are distinctly memorable—an overwhelming feeling of love after desire and prayer and efforts to do what is right. I know my Heavenly Father loves me and wants me to follow his gospel and His Son, Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon because our Heavenly Father has given us His power on earth right now—His priesthood. It has been restored and is alive and working in His Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through the power of the priesthood I can make meaningful promises to God and He will make promises to me on a personal, individual level. I can have His help and guidance right now. I can enjoy blessings of having a forever-family right now and in the eternities.

How I live my faith

I pray. I read the scriptures. I ask for forgiveness and try to be better. My daily goal is to do what is most important, not just what is easiest. Because I'm a Mormon, I step out of my comfort zone. I was a terrified twelve-year-old when I recited a scripture in front of my church congregation (maybe 300 people). I privately cried tears of nervousness beforehand. I have spoken in front of large groups and small groups. I have reached out to individuals in smiles and conversation, which is sometimes very hard for me. Now, the group of people of whom I call friends is a very diversified and large group. I help where needed. I have cleaned dirty bathrooms, delivered dinners, sought out the lonely, taught small children and adults, made sure struggling families had food and clothes, tied quilts, learned the names of hundreds of children and adults, provided transportation, listened to and comforted individuals. I have even been able to ask for and receive help from others with gratitude. By trying to live my faith, I have become a better person. I hope to continue to grow and become even better.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Thankfully, we all have different roles and ways to help. Men hold the priesthood. Women, even without the priesthood, have a significant role in the church organization. I was the president of the women's organization for our congregation for a short time. At leadership meetings, I was impressed with the respect I received from the men as the representative for the women. If I had something to say, they listened. In fact, it is women's unique gifts of friendshipping and welfare that often lead them to be the first to identify needs. Show more Show less