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Hi I'm Laurel Martindale

I am a wife, mother of 5 children, a daughter, a sister, a friend, I love the feeling of peace and happiness and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town with a family that loved me, I always felt safe and secure. Growing up I always knew that I wanted to be a wife and mother. I was blessed to always have my mother waiting for me as I walked in the door, this was such an important aspect to my feeling safe and loved. I am so blessed to have married a man that shares my same dreams and desires. After our first son was born I left the work force and became a "full time stay at home mom". Our family grew to have 5 healthy children. I have found MUCH joy in raising my children. I have been blessed to be able to be a part of every area of their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 13 years old when I relized how the Spirit can touch a heart. It is difficult to describe but I knew from that moment on that I wanted to keep that feeling with me. I needed to live my life in a way that would ensure that the comforting feeling that I had experienced at age 13 would stay with me. Life is sometimes difficult and there have been times in my life when I have honestly wondered. Why aren't my prayers being answered? Those days when hope seems to flee are the days that I have to work harder to find hope. We are all blessed with simple reminders that help us to know that our Heavenly Father loves us. He knows what is best for me, he even knows the desires of my heart. His timing, although difficult at times, is right. This knowledge gives me comfort when I am facing trials. So when I become impatient and I wonder if my prayers are being heard. I have to stop and remember all that I know deep inside. My Heavenly Father loves me. He wants me to have joy. I have been blessed with 5 healthy children that bring me so much joy. I only want what is best for them. I think having and raising children helps me understand the enormous amount of love that our Heavenly Father has for us, His children. I am willing to sacrifice everything for my children. I want them to be happy. As a parent I make decisions everyday that I feel is in the best interest of my children. This is how our Heavenly Father works. He knows the end of the story. He knows what is best for me, right now. My Heavenly Father has given me gifts that ensure hope, simple beautiful things like the clouds, music, kind people, the scriptures that help me understand His love, a Prophet of God that guides and directs me, the Holy Ghost and my Savior, Jesus Christ that willingly gave his life that I may have eternal life. I am a Mormon because this gospel urges me to be a better person, a person that loves others, depends on hope and strives to be like my Savior.

How I live my faith

Am I living my faith? Living my faith and living by faith are closely related. Both take a great deal of work. Faith is described as a hope for something not seen. A belief and knowledge that I am loved. Everyday I stumble and I make mistakes. Because of my loving Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ I can repent and begin again. Living my faith is working each day to become more like my Savior and having faith that all I have learned of Him is true. The more work I put into becoming like Him the happier I am. I know this to be true. When I see a person that is striving to love like our Savior, a person that is kind, happy and radiates hope I want to be near them. Each day I want to be a person that loves like our Savior. Sometimes it is so easy, when others are being kind. It is difficult when you encounter a person that is having a bad day or is struggling with the challenges of life. This is when it is most important to love like our Savior. Satan wants nothing more than for us to join his forces and tear people down. It is sometimes easy to fall into his trap. I live my faith by trying every day to be like my Savior, loving, kind, charitable and forgiving. At times I feel like I am getting it and there are times when I really blow it and that is when I need to take a step back and remember all that I have been taught. When I make my mistakes it weighs heavy on me. It is then that I am so grateful that I can repent and start again trying to show kindness always, have patients always, serving always and always trying to be like my Savior. Living my faith is helping others that do not know the Savior know Him because they know me.