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Hi I'm Laurie.

I love my life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I'm a wife, a mother, a Seattle Mariners fan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a loving family by good parents who, by their example taught us good Christian values. My mother and father took my sisters and brother and me to church and Sunday School regularly when we were young. I was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church and have many fond memories of my experiences there. I am grateful to have been taught at an early age that God is our Father in Heaven and Jesus is our Savior. That sure knowledge continues to guide my life today. I've been married to the man of my dreams for over 36 years. He is smart and good and kind, and we have created a very happy family life together. We have four children who have grown into kind, caring, and hard-working adults. Over the years we've had a few challenges but the gospel of Jesus Christ has made all the difference in helping us know how to respond to and resolve those challenges. I loved being a stay at home mom while our kids were growing up and part of me misses those busy, sometimes hectic times. But I also love this current, quieter chapter in my life when my husband and I are able to spend more time together. We enjoy traveling, family gatherings, and going to Mariner's games and musical performances of many kinds. My own interests include reading, cooking big meals for the family, walking, family history research, serving in the church and in my community, and shopping!

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put, I'm a Mormon because nearly 40 years ago a member of the church whom I admired invited me to meet with the missionaries. I agreed mostly just to be nice, but also because I was curious about the great emphasis her religion placed on family life, and that appealed to me. I had no intention of joining her church because I belonged to another one. But the more I learned and particularly when I was finally willing to pray about what I was learning, there came into my heart and mind an unmistakeable feeling that what the missionaries were teaching me was true. And that's really why I'm a Mormon--because I know it's true.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ motivates me to do the best I can to follow His admonition to love one another. I try to be a loving wife, mother, sister, friend, and neighbor, and a good citizen of my city, my country, and the world. When my children were young, I enjoyed volunteering in their schools. When they were older I began volunteering weekly at our local hospital. In my congregation I have taught classes for young children, youth, and adults. Participating in the women's organization in my congregation has helped me to develop greater faith in Christ, and has provided me with organized ways to reach out to others in love and service. Latter-day Saints often work together on both local and worldwide service projects, and we are encouraged to support the great humanitarian work of the Church. But we are also encouraged to be of service to others whenever the need arises, outside of official duties and without assignment. This may include supporting reputable charitable organizations of our choice, especially during times of emergency throughout the world. We also know that simple acts of love and service to neighbors and friends in need can bring great blessings. Simply, I just try to follow the example of our Savior, who "went about doing good." (Acts 10:38).