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Hi I'm Laverne

I'm a Mormon. I am a mother of 6 awesome children and grandmother of 8 beautiful grandchildren.

About Me

I was born of goodly parents who had great faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. They were open-minded and taught me the importance of being kind, compassionate and developing my own personal faith and testimony. I married when still in college and was blessed to be able to stay home and raise my children with some sacrifice on our part, driving old (and often in need of repair) cars (which my husband had the skill to fix), and although we were not always able to provide our children with their wants, we certainly we were able to provide for their needs. I completed a degree in English with the intent to someday certify to teach middle or high school. Because I was blessed to be at home, I had the opportunity to become involved in PTA and volunteering within the school as well as elsewhere within the community. I loved the opportunity this provided me to get to know and serve so many good people in our community. My husband was diagnosed with cancer when our youngest was beginning elementary school. When this child was in High School, I took the time to go back to school and get an associate degree that now, after the death of my husband, has provided me the opportunity to work full time in a technological field. A job that coninues to allow me to work with and serve many, many people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught when I was young, the value and importance of prayer, of faith, of relying on the Lord. Living in a rural community forced me to work hard and trust in the Lord's hand as we saw the blessings of our efforts and the Lord's goodness in our daily lives, in sending rain for the crops and protecting them, at times, from the elements. With these tools, I left home to pursue an education and have always been grateful for the power and protection of prayer whether it was being successful in my course work or in deciding who I was to marry. As my husband's health began to decline this testimony and assurance from prayer provided great faith and comfort and, at stressful times, the peace I needed to carry on with hope, faith and optimism. I believe in putting the teachings of the church to the test whether it is prayer, or tithing, or keeping the Sabbath Day holy. I have found that as I do this, my life is always blessed. That doesn't meant that I am spared the trials and sorrows of this life, but it does mean that I am always blessed with a spirit of peace and comfort and, at times, direction in the choices I make on a daily basis. I am astounded that the Lord never leaves me alone, not even in the simplest of problems whether it be finding lost items or sending me a little peace and reassurance when I am discouraged. I am grateful for goodly parents who taught me the power of prayer and the importance of living a life of integrity. I am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that provides me that sure foundation in these troubled times.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being a faithful member of my church. I visit the homes of 5 woman and their families on a monthly basis. I try to provide friendship to them as well as comfort and service when appropiate. I have the opportunity to work with the children, youth, and adults as a teacher at times or as a leader in planning and conducting various church programs. I strive to live my faith in my neighborhoood by being involved and trying to get to know them and serve them. I have helped coordinate neighborhood block parties as well as cookie exchanges. I have had the opportunity to serve my neighbors in their needs from time to time and love the good sense of friendship we enjoy. At work I live my faith by trying to be an example of cheerfulness and a willingness to work hard, not only for and with my fellow employees but also for the people I serve on a daily basis. I constantly try to go the "extra" mile. In my community I try to be aware of areas of service and have provided time and money to causes that are of great worth to those in need.