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Hi I'm Laurie

I am a wife, mom, and grandmother. I'm a pharmacist. I love to play piano. I'm an equestrian and dog lover. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom of 3, and a step-mom of 2- four girls and one boy altogether. I have been married twice, and my current husband and I have been married for 18 years. We now have 3 grandsons. When my first husband left me with 2 little girls, I knew I needed to have a way to support them, so I was blessed to be admitted to pharmacy school. I met my second husband through mutual friends at church and we married in 1993 in the Portland Temple. I graduated with a BS in pharmacy in 1995. I have worked in hospitals and retail settings ever since, and now manage a pharmacy at Costco. I enjoy my work, but I really love my family and I work to keep them my top priority. I was raised to love music, and I play the piano pretty well. I have loved horses since I was 3 yrs. old, but I wasn't able to do much with them until the last few years. I have 2 horses, and I show one of them in Hunter divisions at rated shows. I also love dogs. We own a yellow Labrador. I enjoy reading.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a second generation Mormon. If it weren't for my pioneering father who searched diligently for the full gospel truth, I don't know what my life would be like today. Both of my parents attended the Presbyterian Church in their younger years, but my dad always felt that true religion should require a person to demonstrate their faith in their everyday life. He began searching for more, and thanks to a Mormon friend he had in high school, he eventually came to know the truth in his college years. He and my mother married, and they both were baptized into the Church, but were not very active until my sister and I began to get close to school age. They decided they needed to raise their family with a knowledge of the gospel, so we began attending church, and when I was 8, our family was able to travel to the temple in Salt Lake City where we received the special sealing ordinances that will bind our family into eternity. I am extremely grateful to my parents for making this decision and continuing to set a good example for us throughout their lives. I have 2 sisters, and we all have been married for eternity in the temple, the House of the Lord. Despite some personal challenges, including a divorce for me, I have always determined to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, and have faith that his plan will help me find happiness. I have never stopped attending church. I choose to follow the gospel teachings and be obedient, because I know that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me, and will always be there for me when others may not. I know that the Savior leads this Church through his servant and living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, and following his teachings will bring spiritual safety and peace.

How I live my faith

Our Church is organized so that members have huge opportunities to serve others and share our talents, and learn new skills to help us grow. For years, I accompanied the choir of our congregation on the piano, and more recently learned to adequately play the organ for our main Sacrament meetings. I currently serve in our youth organization, by teaching Sunday lessons to the 12 and 13 year-old young women, and helping with weekly activities, all designed to help them learn the gospel and develop their own testimonies of Jesus Christ. I also serve a small group of women through a program called visiting teaching. I visit them with a partner each month, get to know them, be their friend, and help them with whatever they might need. These are all organized programs of the church, and do require a fair amount of time commitment, but I consider it a privilege. Gospel living is also very personal. Daily prayer is essential, both personally and with our families. This helps invite the protective Spirit of the Holy Ghost into our daily lives and home. Even our dog knows the family prayer routine, and knows the closing phrase and Amen! Sometimes he heads for the door before the prayer is over. I read the scriptures personally and with my family almost every day. My son attends an early morning Seminary class where they are studying the Old Testament, so my husband and I are doing all the required reading and scripture memorizing that he is doing. Every Monday night, we gather together for Family Home Evening. This is a time for us to have gospel discussions, sing a hymn, pray, and sometimes do a fun activity. We strive to keep our home a spiritual sanctuary where we can find safety and peace from the ugly and base influences of the world. We are careful about the television and movies we watch. We have an Article of Faith which says in part, "If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."