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Hi I'm Lara

I have lived in Samoa, Utah, Idaho, and Colorado. I am a math tutor, a soccer coach, and a Prevention volunteer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 5 wonderful, ACTIVE boys and wife to an amazing husband. We had our first 4 boys in 4 years (whew!) and then 11 years later were blessed with our 5th and final child. Most of what I do centers around my family: cooking, cleaning, driving, mentoring, piano lessons, playing volleyball, volunteering in school, jumping on the trampoline, reading scriptures, being TOGETHER! I have a degree in Math and Physics Education and have taught at both high school and middle school levels. Currently, I am renewing my teaching certificate and have been accepted into the Masters Program at UNC. I grew up with a love of sports and outdoor activities and have enjoyed basketball, volleyball, running, racquetball, softball, soccer, backpacking, hiking, waterskiing and wakeboarding. Along with my husband and two of our sons, I am scuba certified and have been diving in Hawaii and the Florida Keys. Coaching has been a fun way to combine teaching and sports, and I have enjoyed coaching my boys in soccer. I love people of all ages and worked as a waitress and daycare provider for many years. Two years ago, I became the bookkeeper for our family sign company when my husband's job layoff led to us becoming self-employed business owners. This included an on-the-job crash course in accounting, which was a good challenge for me. Reading is a passion and I have to be careful when I start a book, or I may find myself staying up most of the night to finish it. I LOVE life!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because, as my mother says, the gospel of Jesus Christ isn't just part of my life, it is my life! My parents were converted to Mormonism by LDS missionaries before I was born, and then were sealed to each other in the Swiss temple and so I came into a family that is sealed together, for eternity. What an amazing blessing for me to know that the loving association and relationship that I share with my brothers and sisters, my parents, and now my sweet husband and children will continue and progress forever. This gives me great joy as I share wonderful moments with my family, and gives me great strength and a willingness to never give up when challenges and difficulities occur because I have my eye on eternity. My sister and her husband and 5 children were recently sealed and I got to be there. It was breathtaking! I grew up hearing about the Savior, His love for me and all people, and His ability both to comfort me in my challenges and sorrows, and to allow me to repent and overcome my weaknesses and sins. I received the gift of the Holy Ghost after my baptism and have enjoyed his companionship and the skill of learning to, as Sister Beck says, "qualify for, receive, and act upon" his sweet whisperings. One day these sweet whisperings led me upstairs to my 5 year old son's room where he had climbed out on the roof of our house! Whew! As I grew I became associated with wonderful people of many faiths, who seek to live as the Savior taught. I choose to be a mormon because I believe that God speaks to us today, just as He spoke to those in Biblical times, and I know that Thomas S. Monson is his current prophet. I am a mormon because I have received a witness, through the Holy Ghost, of priesthood power restored, of the truthfulness of the words in the Book of Mormon, of the restoration of the church of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith, and of the saving, vital ordinances of the temple. I love being a mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving the Lord, my family, my church, and my community. I keep my mind, body, and Spirit as healthy and strong as possible to show my gratitude to the Lord for the gift of my life and so I can be as useful to myself, my family, and the Lord as possible! I try to live with love for all! I am a homemaker. It is amazing to do the same things everyday that just get undone! And then start over again. Awesome! My family prays together, goes to church together, loves watching movies and TV shows like "House", goes camping, hunting, and each summer we spend an amazing week at Lake Powell where we laugh, wakeboard, play cards, swim, fish, EAT! hike and enjoy God's beautiful creations. We go to family reunions every summer, have BBQs, and make and serve dinner at the local homeless shelter once a month. In the church I have been a visiting teacher for over 20 years to many different women - young, not-as young, invalids, parents, single and I love them all. I have been a teacher, a leader, and a pianist in youth and adult organizations in the church and especially have a heart for being with the youth; I love mentoring them, learning from them, helping them develop their divine attributes and grow in faith, love, and leadership skills. And girls camp is awesome! I attend the temple as proxy for those who have been unable to recieve those ordinances necessary for salvation. In my community I have worked in prevention efforts, served in Homeowner's association organizations, participated in community beautification projects, served in the PTA, worked as a cub scout leader, organized neighborhood socials, and helped with grass-roots citizen's initiatives. A really important way I live my faith is to try to live my beliefs with integrity and love. I seek to find truth, and when I find it, I try to make it really become part of who I am. I try not to become discouraged as I fall short, but try to celebrate the successes and keep moving forward!

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

The key thing here is that it truly is a donation. For me, it's a matter of giving only a small part back to the Lord of what already belongs to Him in the first place. He has given me life, intelligence, a family, a means of making a living, this beautiful earth. And He asks for me to give 10% of it back to Him, which is then used to further the work and mission of this church I belong to. When my husband lost his job 2 years ago, the first thing I thought was, "I need to pay my tithing as soon as I get any income, no matter how small" because I wanted to show the Lord that I was willing to donate in times of difficulty and not just times of excess. We are asked to donate to demonstrate faith. The money is then used to further the Lord's work. It is a beautiful thing. Show more Show less