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Hi I'm Laurel Helton

I believe people are good. I believe Christ makes us better. I lead my community in a day of service each year. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After being raised in a big Air Force family and moving often (I have a little Aloha in me), I've settled down in Wenatchee, Wash. I love where I live, but I'd still travel anywhere. I enjoy people. I enjoy a challenge. I'm a wife and mother, and life's not perfect but it is perfect for me. I love my life. I was a newspaper journalist for 10 years but stepped away to raise my 3 children. My appreciation for my neighbors and my beautiful community spurred me to get involved in Make A Difference Day (a national day of service) when it started 2 decades ago and I've been organizing the local volunteer day for several years. I'm an inclusive kind of person! I embrace and promote all people who desire to do something good in this world. I believe that every act of kindness - large or small - is of great importance and I love helping people reach outside themselves and find their best self. This comes from my belief that we are all brothers and sisters and this life is the time to learn and grow. One of my mottos is "the more the merrier" and I love to have anyone over to our home to play games, cook and eat, and create another memory. Music is also part of my foundation. It speaks to my soul. At times, I can get project-centered and focused. I'll stay up too late finishing things - like this profile. I just hate to quit till I'm done. But I believe relationships with people and with God are what this life are all about. That is where true peace and lasting happiness are found.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it has all the tools to become the best person I can be. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. The more I follow Him, the more I know Him and want to be like Him. Reading and studying the scriptures are important to me because I believe the word of God has the power to save and sanctify through Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the world. The Bible and The Book of Mormon enlighten my mind and I feel great peace as I try to follow the teachings in the scriptures. Being a Mormon encourages me to think and feel deeply and choose the best this life has to offer. I love the opportunities for deep friendships that come from being a member of a loving congregation that is actively serving each other and the community. I also gather strength from the people in the church. They support me and my family in unnumbered ways as we follow Christ together. My family is the primary reason I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyday I feel the blessings of care, protection, and nurturing from God that come from our commitment to Him. It feels so good to have our hearts turned the same direction. I express appreciation daily to God, my Heavenly Father, for the gifts He has given me and my family. The counsel of a true prophet protects my growing children. It keeps our home a safe place. I know my family will be together forever. The truthfulness of this church has sunk deep into my heart through years of daily living its precepts, studying, and seeing its principles work. It feels good to BE good.

How I live my faith

I try to live true to my faith every day of my life - not just on Sunday. I live my life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. I want my daily actions to reflect my love for God, so I make a conscious choice to serve gratefully. I understand that I have many roles in life, so I look for daily opportunities to be a good neighbor, friend, wife, mother, daughter and sister. I value kindness and integrity. If something will benefit kids or the community as a whole (like the annual day of service I organize in my area), I'll probably get involved. I work with youth at my church and they inspire me. They keep me young and they challenge me to be honest, and true to myself and God. I especially love that I get to spend so much time with my teen-age daughter and son while I am serving others. I am always happy when people know I'm a Mormon by the way I act and how I contribute. When faced with a choice, I often remember this quote: "My religion is to know the will of God and to do it." I have studied, pondered and prayed about God's will for me, and I am following what I know to be true.