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Hi I'm LaNae

I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother. I am a cancer survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in a small fishing town on the coast. My family moved often. I tell people my father was a gypsy, but really he was in the grocery business and was adventurous! I spent most of my growing up years either in the water, or in the mountains. As a family, we loved to boat, hike and camp. I began working in the family business at the age of 11. My parents taught me good work ethics. I married a wonderful man who also enjoyed the great outdoors and knew how to work. We have eight beautiful children who all love to hike and camp! When the children were young, we bought a small farm so we could teach them how to work! We also have 9 of the cutest grandchildren on the planet! In my spare time, I love to garden and play in the wood shop. I like making Christmas crafts the best. Eleven years ago, while all the children were still at home, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. This experience, hard as it was, really cemented our family together. It was a time for me to discover what I was made of and if all the things we had taught our children really sank in! I learned I was made of some pretty tough material, that I have the BEST husband EVER (he had to be both father, mother and nurse for a year. . while maintaining a full time job!), and that my children could do hard things...that we all could do hard things, that if we rely on the Savior, we can do ALL things and that we can enjoy life to the fullest and look to the future with hope.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have seen the hand of God in my life and I KNOW that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I come from what some call 'pioneer stock'. One set of my great grandparents left the beautiful city of Nauvoo during what is called the Mormon Exodus. Another great grandmother came across the plains pulling a handcart. These ancestors left a great legacy of faith for me to follow. When I read their stories I can see the hand of God in their lives. Likewise, as my husband and I have journeyed through life with our eight children we have seen the hand of God in our life. Leading us and guiding us through our joys as well as our struggles. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a constant in my life. When the world around me seems to be in complete chaos, I feel peace in the knowledge that Heavenly Father knows me and loves me. He has a plan for me and that plan includes returning to live with Him someday. I don't remember a single event in my life that said, "WOW, the gospel is true!" My knowledge came to me steady and sure, line upon line. Looking back, I know that I have always known that Jesus is my Savior and Redeemer, that Joseph Smith did indeed kneel in a grove and see the Father and the Son, face to face. I know we have a living prophet on the earth today, and I know the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, You may ask, "But how do you KNOW?" I know because the Spirit has testified to be of these truths. You can know too. . .all you need to do is ask.

How I live my faith

Like many others, I try to live in a way that shows my faith each day. I hope that others can see in me a happiness that starts from my very core and fills be whole being. This happiness comes from living a life filled with love and service. I love to serve others, and find my greatest joy is when I am doing things for my family, friends and even strangers. Within the church I have had many opportunities to serve the youth as well as the adults. One of my favorite things to do is to teach. I find that when I am living my life in a manner that would please my Savior, He can use me as an instrument in His hands to teach others. Just in case you are wondering, I do have some days when I feel sad or lonely. I try to look around me and can always find someone who has struggles far greater than mine! I find that if I will focus on the blessings in my life and get up and do something for someone else, my sadness and loneliness disappear. I am grateful for the faith I have that helps me to live my life with purpose and direction.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

We are like you in many ways; we are single, married, and divorced. We have many children, few children, and no children. We are business women, stay at home moms and work at home moms. We love sports, music, crafts, and cooking. We are involved in our communities and we are women of faith. We know that we have a divine mission that is different, not greater or lesser, than men. We stand with the men in our lives, not behind them or in front of them, but beside them. We are an equal partnership striving for the same goal, to live with our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less