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Hi I'm Laura

I am a mother of 6 children; 5 of them girls. I am fascinated by the lives of other people. I enjoy the outdoors. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Sometimes I wonder exactly what it is that I am "really" good at. I have six children, so much of my current day is spent cooking, cleaning, driving and caring for them. We have our good days, our not so good days and our exceptional days. My youngest daughter, currently 18 months old, was born with a congenital cataract. When the pediatrician used the term "cataract" I wasn't even sure what she was talking about. By four months of age, the cataract was completely blocking the vision in her right eye. Less than 48 hours after the initial diagnosis, doctors had removed the lens in her eye and soon thereafter she began wearing a contact lens in that eye and a patch on her strong eye in order to encourage her brain to use the weaker eye and develop her vision in that eye. The whole event and resulting effects of a child with an "aphakic" eye turned our world upside down, but also connected me with a whole new world full of people and medical conditions I never knew even existed. My husband and I met while he was attending the Air Force Academy. We married soon after his graduation and served two tours with the military--one in Illinois and one in Alaska. We loved both locations. Illinois primarily because of the wonderful people we met. Alaska because of the amazing beauty and abundant wildlife. After he fulfilled his commitment to the military we moved to Virginia for 18 months and then settled permanently in Colorado.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by parents dedicated to God. God was always first in their lives and I gleaned much from their example. At the age of 21 I felt guided to serve a mission. In the missionary training center I had a companion who challenged some of my notions and encouraged me to question my parent's ideas. I was very surprised by the exercise. It was a wonderful experience to confront the things they instilled in me and separate their thoughts and feelings from my own. It is an exercise we must all participate in if we truly desire to know for ourselves if God really lives, if God truly knows and cares for each one of us individually. Today, almost 20 years after this experience as a young missionary, I continue active in my faith because the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches me how to be happy. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ I am learning how to be a better wife, mother, friend, and neighbor. One of the simple truths of the gospel is that God never gives us more than we can handle. With this knowledge, I know that I can turn to God when the going gets rough and through divine inspiration, his guiding hand--which may come in the form of a friend, a neighbor, a family member--that he will either strengthen me or send another to strengthen me enough to make it through.

How I live my faith

I find the easiest way to live my faith is to seek the will of Lord for me and my family and then once I receive that answer to my prayer, to go and do. It isn't always easy to know the Lord's will. Sometimes the path is very clear and the answer obvious. Other times it may take many months for the answer to my prayer to come. I remember one particular time I had been praying to know how I might teach my son how to be more responsible. I prayed off and on for over nine months hoping for some inspiration on what I might say to him. The divine help came unexpectedly one night as I was driving with my two oldest children to the airport to pick up my sister. It came very clear to my mind an experience I had had the night before with my daughter's school teacher. The conversation with my children was electric. I saw the light bulb turn on in my son's head and over the next several months I saw a change in his behavior. I've learned that when I seek and follow God's will for me that things just go right. I find myself changing on the inside and I hope that I am learning to be more humble and submissive so that I might discover the things that God would teach me and that I might become all that He wants me to be.