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Hi I'm Laura.

I'm a wife, a mom, a step-mom, and a daughter. I'm also an engineer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

With a combined total of five children and stepchildren--including one who's finishing college, two teens, and two "tweens"--life is a little crazy. So I live by a calendar and try to stay organized. Although the kids keep me busy, I also enjoy doing things that require physical exertion and hard work, whether that's walking, yard work, or even house work. I don't know how to hold still. I've spent my entire engineering career in manufacturing, because that's where the action is, and it allows me to solve problems and make a difference. I would generally call myself a productivity maniac, whether at home or at work. But I also make time to spend with my husband and our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am very grateful for my parents. They joined the LDS church before I was born, which means I didn't have to search for it. They listened to two missionaries who knocked on their door. My parents recognized the truth and had the courage to embrace the message they heard and to significantly change their lives, even though they knew no other Mormons. But they only gave me a head-start. I still had to decide for myself and gain my own testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a small child, I had strong spiritual experiences in which the Holy Ghost confirmed to me the truthfulness of the gospel--the most notable was when my brother was baptized. This spiritual confirmation was so clear that I can never deny it. My own children are an inspiration to me. They have their own strong, independent testimonies. "...and a little child shall lead them." I'm trying to be like Jesus. But I make mistakes everyday. Some days are better than others, and it's tempting to get discouraged. One of the greatest gifts that we have been given is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I cannot fully comprehend the love of Jesus Christ, who willingly laid down his life for me and took upon himself my sins. Because of the Atonement, I can start again everyday to become a better person. "Our task is to become our best selves. One of God's greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final." ― Thomas S. Monson

How I live my faith

I try to stay close to the Lord by praying and reading scriptures. This allows me to feel and hear important promptings from the Holy Ghost, and in my crazy life, that's hard to do. I especially love to read the Book of Mormon. I read and pray with my kids, also. I try to talk to my kids about their lives and take teaching moments to show them how the Lord is at work in their daily lives. I'm not a perfect mother, but I know that parenting is my greatest calling in life. For the past three years, I have been teaching a youth Sunday School class every week at church. I feel honored to be trusted to teach these young people while they are developing their testimonies--kind of like a surrogate parent for one hour each week--I get to be a voice for good, as well as a source of love for these great kids. But I think I benefit from it more than they do. For myself as an individual, I attend Church each week and attend the temple when I can. This allows me to renew spiritually. We live in a fast-paced world full of "noise" and chaos. Sometimes the bustle of life is so overwhelming that we can forget what is really important. Spiritual renewal allows me to find the calm that helps me to remember that I am a child of God. My priorities then fall into place.