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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a mommy and writer/blogger, and, yep, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life is all about cultivating things. Cultivating my marriage, my children, my spirit, my relationships with neighbors and friends, my writing, my home, and my garden are the things that give shape to my everyday life. My life is sometimes intense and messy but is usually, eventually, beautiful and enlightening. I love watching things grow! As the poet Mary Oliver wrote, "When it's over, I don't want to wonder/ if I have made of my life something particular and real./ I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,/ or full of argument/ I don't want to end up simply having visited this world."

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Utah and raised in the LDS faith. Since getting married, leaving Utah, and having children challenges arose and there were opportunities, and sometimes even desires, to embrace different beliefs and spiritual paradigms. However, for me, peace has come only through deepening my relationship with my Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ and my loving and wise Heavenly Father. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only Church that adequately explains the love I feel for and from those two supernal beings. By patiently questioning myself and the differing aspects of Mormon testimony and learning to feel/understand the Holy Ghost and my own intuition, I can now confidently say that I am Mormon because my inner being tells me it's true.

How I live my faith

The real question is what part of my life isn't defined/refined by my faith. Because Jesus Christ has saved me, because Heavenly Father loves me, and because I have entered into covenant relationships with them I feel that it is my responsibility to share their love with those I come in contact with. Everything I do--whether it's changing diapers or teaching the children at Church or volunteering at my kids' school or blogging--can be an act for love and peace and testimony. I might fall short of what my Heavenly Father expects but He is always there to lift me, dust me off, and help me try again. In His hands and through His love I am growing into someone better than I would ever be on my own and I can help others grow too.