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Hi I'm Laura.

I have four children and eight grandchildren. I work as a tax accountant and I love to read and travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Southern California as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). I have four children and eight grandchildren and I love my family. As a child and teenager, I enjoyed reading, school, tap dancing, picnics and the beach. As an adult, I still enjoy those things and I have come to love watching professional baseball and traveling. I graduated college with a degree in accounting after my children were grown. I work as an income tax accountant. I have always been happy to be active in my religion. I have studied the teachings of the Savior and want to emulate his life. The church has many programs that help its members learn about the Savior. There are children's and youth programs that provide spiritual learning as well as socializing activities with one another. There are also many opportunities to serve other people. Being self-reliant and serving others in our community are things we are encouraged to do as members of our church.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I grew up in the church, I learned about the gospel at an early age. I participated in the programs for the children, and the youth as I grew up that helped me avoid some of the problems teens can get into. But as everyone must do, I had to gain my own testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I studied the gospel, prayed about the things I learned, and came to know that this is Christ's church. The principals taught help me to be my best self. I am taught that I am a daughter of God, that He loves me, and that I can return to live with Him someday. I know that I can be with my family forever, not just till my life on earth ends. The church has helped my family to remain close. We are not perfect, but we love each other, and like to spend time together. The church has provided a support group no matter where I am in the world. I'm a Mormon because I believe the doctrines taught.

How I live my faith

I enjoy attending church every Sunday. I love meeting together with my "ward family". We are not all the same, nor do we have the same interests, but we care about each other and look out for each other. When someone moves, gets married, has a baby, or is sick, there is a group of people that can assist in addition to their own family members. I currently serve as the President of the Relief Society (the women's organization). Our motto is "Charity Never Faileth". Most of the women serve as Visiting Teachers. Once a month each woman along with a companion visits two to four other women in the ward. A spiritual message is taught and a friendship is cultivated. When there is a need in the home, the visiting teachers help to meet the need. It is an inspired program that helps us to watch over Heavenly Father's children. As a member of the church we are encouraged to be self-reliant. We are encouraged to obtain education, good employment, and care for our own. When we can't, the other members are encouraged to provide service and help. As members, we are also encouraged to serve our community. I have served in the PTA, and participated in the September 11th day of service. I have also participated in other community service projects throughout my life.