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Hi I'm Larkin

I love playing basketball, cooking and learning new things. I'm a wife, a mom, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a red head and the middle child in my family. I grew up playing basketball, and while that didn't take me as far in life as I had hoped, it continues to be an integral part of my life. I love to cook and enjoy trying new recipes. Dinner time is one of my favorite times of day because it allows me to share something I love with the people I love. I have been married for 11 years -- the fastest 11 years of my life -- and we have two children. Being a mom is really challenging, and at times I wonder if I'm really the right person for the job. I love it though, and wouldn't trade the opportunity to be a mother for anything. I graduated from college with a degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Coaching. When people would ask me what I was going to do with that degree I always said, "join the PTA and take my kids on really great field trips." I love learning about other people and cultures and beliefs. It helps me to be better able to put my life into perspective.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church. But as I got older I reached a point where going to church on Sunday just to make my parents happy wasn't good enough for me. I decided to take the "Moroni Challenge" by reading the Book of Mormon and praying about it find out if it was true for myself. Once I had that sure knowledge being a member of the Church took on a whole new meaning for me. I wanted to be there. I wanted to learn more. I loved that my teachers and leaders encouraged me to question and then were willing to help point me in the direction of answers -- guiding, but never force-feeding. I love the peace that the gospel brings to my life. I rely on the reassurance that my Heavenly Father knows ME on an individual basis, that He knows what lessons I need in this life, and that He will be by my side as I face those tests and trials.

How I live my faith

On a personal basis I live my faith by studying the scriptures and praying and striving to teach my children the simple truths that have blessed my life. At church I have had a number of opportunities to serve others. I have been a teacher -- both for the women, and most recently for a group of 8-year-old children. I have had the opportunity to organize, ref, and coach the teenage girls in basketball. I have gone on camp-outs with the teenage girls. I have recorded notes in meetings as a secretary. I have led a group of cub scouts. All of these opportunities have taught me things. In some cases I've served in an area of strength, but in many cases I have been asked to do things I've felt very unqualified to do. But no matter the calling to serve, I have always, in my willingness to do my best, been blessed with the ability to do what was asked of me. I think that is one of the great things about the Church -- the opportunity to be push a bit out of a personal comfort zone by an invitation to serve.