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Hi I'm LaRee

I am a wife, the mother of 5 wonderful children, , a gardener, and a seamstress. I am a Mormon

About Me

I love spending time in the garden. I enjoy most everything about gardening. I love being outside, I love the smell of dirt and fresh cut grass. I love digging, planting, watering, and watching things grow. I don’t even mind pulling weeds. When I am feeling burned out, I can work in my garden and feel renewed. But my most favorite part of gardening is pruning. I enjoy the gentle process of gradually pruning a little here and a little there to help a plant become something beautiful. I also love to attack a spindly or over grown plant to help reshape it or restore balance. It is rewarding to watch the changes that a plant makes as the result of a single cut. I love that sometimes when I prune, the plant will look better immediately, but other times it takes months or even years to reach its full potential. Sometimes I feel like I am the plant that is being reshaped by the master gardener. Sometimes my growth and improvement is so slow it is almost imperceptible, and other times I can make small alterations that will reshape who I am or restore balance to my life. I love gardening, it can be so metaphorical.

Why I am a Mormon

I don't remember a time when I didn't know that there is a God who is aware of and loves me. I am a Mormon because as a Mormon child I was taught how to pray to God, my Heavenly Father. I was taught to listen for and recognize his answer to my personal prayers. As an adult, I am still a Mormon because here I have found the answers to my questions about faith, repentance and mercy. I am a Mormon because the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are taught each Sunday when I go to church. I love the peace that comes with the knowledge that Jesus Christ is my savior and my advocate. I love being a Mormon because the divine nature of women is protected, valued, respected and encouraged. I am a Mormon because the roll of motherhood is cherished, esteemed and nurtured. I am a Mormon because Mormon youth, my teenagers, are taught to honor and respect their parents, themselves and others. I am a Mormon because families are supported and valued as the foundation, and most important unit in any healthy society. I love that, in this crazy world, my family and I are taught how to have happiness together in our home and peace in our individual lives. I am a Mormon because each Sunday I am taught how to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My faith is expressed and strengthened through the many opportunities to give and receive service. I have had many opportunities to teach and lead. I have taken meals to those in need and my family has received many meals during our own challenges. I think that one of the most defining things I do is the blessing of making friends with women I might not otherwise seek out, when we visit in each others homes on a monthly basis. During these visits we learn to love each other as we listen to and share one another’s burdens. We laugh, cry, teach and encourage each other. We learn how to accept the weakness that we each have. And just when we are feeling comfortable, with our new friends or the class that we are teaching, we are asked to move on and we start all over with a new yet-to-be friend or class. Sometimes it is hard to move on but it helps us grow and become a better person, and becoming a better person is what living my faith is all about.