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Hi I'm Laura

I grew up on a family farm in Idaho. I love being a grandma. I like learning about people and new things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Mom of 4 sons, and Grandmother to 5. I'm thrilled to have 3 fantastic daughter-in laws . I enjoy many sweet precious memories of my boys when little, but am so pleased at who they have become. I love to see their sweet relationships with their wives and children. My husband has retired and I have taken a break from substitute teaching so we can serve an eighteen month mission. I am grateful to live in this exciting time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, and chose to continue in this faith because of peace and joy it has always brought me in my life. While young it was comforting to know I was on earth for a purpose and God's purpose was to help me achieve. At age 13 my father had a fatal heart attack. I was so sad, but I knew we could be a family forever and that Heavenly Father was near and interested in my life. As a mother and grandmother, there is nothing I want more for my children and grandchildren than for them to have the same assurances and direction the gospel has given me in my life for themselves.

How I live my faith

I enjoy teaching the children at church and am also involved in the charitable organization for women. I am happy to learn of others' needs that I can help with. I worship with my family at church and spend time at home at reading and discussing scriptures and praying together. I try to spend my time doing what I feel would be helpful to those around me and would be pleasing to God.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Russell M Nelson is prophet and president of the church. He has two counselors that are also prophets. This is similar to Peter, James and John leading the in church during New Testament times. There are also twelve living apostles today that are prophets. I am grateful our Heavenly Father gives direction through these men to us. When I listen to them speak I feel the Spirit of God assure me I am hearing truth that won't change. That assurance means a great deal to me as In today's world there are many opinions of what is best way to live life and often they contradict or even found to be wrong. I like knowing I can go forward with the prophets' counsel and the results are sure to be beneficial. I thank God for a living prophet! Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Missionaries proselyte because they have wonderful news to share! Our Heavenly Father has a plan for us. He desires to bless us with all that He has. He has provided a Savior to help us become who we need to be to make the great blessings possible. We can become better people because the Lord can and will help us. It is a great honor to be a full time missionary. Two of my sons served proselyting missions and a third will leave soon. Since young they have saved money and prepared for the opportunity. I am glad they desire to help other people learn of Christ's teachings that have made our family's lives so rich. I miss my boys when they are gone, but know it is important everyone has the opportunity to learn God's plan and choose to accept it or not. I know missionaries have a great privilege to literally do God's work. No mission is without challenges, but God's work reaps God's pay. I have seen joy reflected unmistakably in my sons' and other missionaries' eyes. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

God cares about our families. When we pray for help in having a better family, that prayer will be answered. Families are meant to be forever and can bring immense joy when Christ's teachings are followed. We are part of God's family and we learn to be like him, our Heavenly Father, through our familial relationships. Beautiful glorious temples are built, and in them families are "sealed" together forever. What a comfort it was to me as a young teenager to know that though my Dad had died, our family relationship was forever. As a mother having invested my energies so heavily into my children, its also wonderful to know that those relationships will continue beyond this life also. My children might grow and start their own families, but they are always part of my family. Also wonderful is the potential for my husband to be an eternal partner through everything. Show more Show less