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Hi I'm Laurie

I grew up in NJ. I'm a military wife and mother of 9. I am a "jack of all trades" and definately "master of none." I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I always wanted to be a full-time mom but, knowing that it wasn't just up to me, I also vascillated between a number of career options. I went back and forth between wanting to be a musician, an artist, an actress, a research geneticist, a computer programmer, and a medical doctor. When my friends would hear that my greatest ambition was to be a mother, they would say things like, "Why are you going to college then?" and "What are you going to do with your college degree? Just put it up on the wall?". I started college with a chemistry major but later switched majors and eventually graduated with a degree in Microbiology. After I graduated, I was all set to become an officer in the US Navy but when it came time to sign my paperwork, I didn't feel good about the decision and declined. About two months after that decision, I met my future husband. We were married 6 months later and are still going strong after almost 25 years of marriage. The first years were hard as my husband struggled to start a career and eventually enlisted in the Army. We worked and struggled together to live on an enlisted wage. By the time he finished his enlistment, we had 3 children. By the time he finished graduate school, we had 6. He then went back into the military as an officer. We now have 9 children and have lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington State, Kansas, and Texas as well as Germany. Most of that time, I have been a stay-at-home mom.

Why I am a Mormon

Having grown up as a member of the church, I always was blessed with a strong sense of my Heavenly Father's love for me. Even so, influences from outside of the church were very strong. As a teenager, I harbored many doubts and even resentments over the other members' expressions of faith, feeling that I had never experienced the things that they described. It wasn't until a close friend had serious difficulties with his own church membership that I realized how dear the gospel was to me. There was one particular event that caused me to go to my Heavenly Father in earnest prayer and that prayer was answered for me in a very real and immediate way. As I thought about my experience, I realized that I didn't have to have some of the miraculous types of experiences that I had heard about from others. I knew that the church taught the truth because when I followed its teachings, everything always worked just as I had been taught that it should. It worked. Everything that I had been taught blessed my life and made me a happier and more successful person. I knew that it was true in my own way and that realization was very profound. Since then, I have continued to have experiences where I knew that my Father in Heaven was mindful of me and helping me along the way. Over 30 years later, the church still effects my life in wonderful and profound ways. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is very precious to me.

How I live my faith

I am very much involved as a mother. My husband and children are my number one priority. I play the organ for the congregation where we presently attend, as I have for most of the congregations where we have attended. In the past, I have also taught singing to the young children (this is one of my very favorite things in the world!), directed the choir, taught children and adults in a multitude of settings, and been a librarian. Most importantly, I try to take the counsel given by the church leaders and apply it to my own life and circumstances. For many years, I homeschooled our children feeling that this would give them more stability in our military lifestyle and allow our family to be closer to each other and to the teachings of the church. Currently, however, I am only homeschooling our two youngest children. In my "free" time, I am involved with Cub Scouting as a Webelos den leader. I teach occassional piano and violin lessons. I am also enrolled as an art student, although next I would really like to learn about how to arrange sacred music. Despite our vagrant lifestyle, I have also been involved in about half a dozen church dramatic productions. I love to answer questions about the church and have even been known to ask a stranger if he knows about the church or would like to know more.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Our family has 9 children. I would liken this question to the problem that most parents encounter in deciding how much to financially support their children in their college endeavors. Some of our children show no desire whatever to attend college. These I would never force to go. Others say that they want to go but have not put in the necessary effort to prepare for the experience. These need to work a little harder before I would be willing to give them precious family funds for the endeavor. Others have been successful in preparing to varying degrees. While each of this last group of students did the best that he or she could, none have been able to support themselves 100%. These willing students we help with the gap between their abilities and opportunities vs. the financial load being put on them. Our life is a time to prepare to meet God. He would never force us to return to Him. He will not do all of the work for us, because then we would not appreciate the great gift He has given. But He will help anyone who puts his all into obeying Him and living according to the counsel He has given. It doesn't matter how far we fall short of prefection. As long as we are honestly doing the best that we can, he will make up the difference by applying the grace available to us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This is what is meant by the often heard phrase, "for it is by grace that we are saved after all we can do." Show more Show less