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Hi I'm Laurie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 56 year old member of the LDS church from birth. I got married shortly after high school because my goals have always been centered on being a wife and mother. I am a mother of four. Two girls and two boys. And a grandmother of four. Three girls and a boy. My two year old grandson lives with us along with his mom and dad. This past year I finally got to go back to school to get a degree since I raised a family first. I was studying geology because that is what I am most interested in but I have decided to get a degree in health science from BYU-I so I can use the skills I learn to help others in the mission field. I love to sing and read. I love to learn new things. School has always been fun for me. I love to garden and travel.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I have always believed it. I believe that every one on this earth is given gifts from our Heavenly Father. I believe that one of my gifts is to KNOW truth when I hear it. I know that The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints is God's church on the earth today. He loves his children and wants all of us to return to live with him again. In order for that to happen some very important events had to take place. We needed to come to this earth to be tested away from his presence to see if we would still follow him. Because we would make mistakes we needed a savior who could atone for our sins so that we might be clean and pure once again to be with our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ agreed to do this for us before we were even born. I love him so much for that great sacrifice for me. When Christ was on the earth he told his apostles that the gospel, would be taken from the earth because of disobedience to Heavenly Father's plan. He told them a restoration would need to happen. Joseph Smith was chosen before he was born to be the prophet of the restoration. He truly saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in a grove of trees when he was 14. He was their instrument in bringing back to the earth Christ's church. I KNOW all this to be true. I have a sure testimony that cannot be shaken. I have had my prayers answered many times and I have seen the hand of God in too many places to ever deny it. The church is amazing. Life is so much easier when we obey God's commandments and follow the saviors example. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My husband and I love to serve in the community. We have spent many years serving others. We recently wanted to write down for a group of youth all the different things we have done separately or together as service. We thought we would come up with 30 or so items. We filled an entire blackboard with over 100 different service oriented things we had done. We were surprised. I love to help out for sporting events, church socials, schools and community activities. I have served as a teacher in the children's organization as well as the women's organization in the church. My husband and I have served 3 missions together. Two of those missions were to help the young single adults age 18-31 in our church. We love them and feel like so many of them are now adopted into our family.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

As a Mormon we are taught that we should learn as much as we can while we are here in this life. We are taught that all things work together for our good. We are also taught that we should take care of our own. We love Christ's teachings and try to follow them. One of his great parables was of the ten virgins. While they waited for the bridegroom to come five of the women had their lamps go out. The other five came prepared with extra oil so they would not be wanting. The five who didn't have enough had to go get more and while they were gone the bridegroom arrived and took those who were there into the feast. From this parable we are taught that we need to always be prepared for all possible emergencies so we and our families will not be found wanting if the time comes when we might need something. We are also taught that if we are prepared we shall not fear. I know that in my life I have found this to be true for many things from being prepared for a test to having the necessities when an emergency arose that we had not anticipated. I am grateful for the principle of self-reliance because it has helped me to move forward even in difficult circumstances. Show more Show less