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Hi I'm Laura

I'm an ordinary girl trying to do extraordinary things, my superstar husband thinks I'm hilarious, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Eastern Washington in a small farming community, and ventured across the state for college, where I met my husband. Then I went to nursing school, earned my LPN and then my RN. I worked a few years in a nursing home (which I loved) while my husband was finishing up his schooling. We weren't able to start our family right away, but after seven years of heartache, surgery, medications, faith, prayers, and hope, we were blessed with four children in 5 years. Now I'm having the time of my life being a full-time mom and wife. I homeschool my children, and we are busy meeting and making friends with many kinds of people, and exploring this wonderful world we've been blessed with. I have a love of learning, a curiosity in trying new foods, a passion for making people laugh (especially my husband) and feel loved, and a secret dream of being a famous author.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was 9 years old, after taking the missionary discussions as a family. I was raised with LDS values, but we didn't attend church very much until I was about 8. As a teenager I attended seminary, and felt my conviction for the gospel strengthen. I love the simplicity of our Savior Jesus Christ's message, yet it's powerful and life-changing message goes straight into my heart and affects my actions each day. I have an eternal perspective on things, and know that my family is forever--come what may. It's such a wonderful feeling to know my Heavenly Father, the most powerful being in the universe, knows me, loves me, cares and watches over me, and listens to my prayers. I am his daughter, and that knowledge keeps me going through times of sorrow and loneliness. Being able to teach my children that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them is such a wonderful gift for me to share. I cherish my testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ, who knows me personally, who has suffered for all my sins, and continues to have an unimaginable love for me, and for all of us. His example of perfect obedience to the Father is something I can strive for each day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a little bit better each day. We attend church weekly as a family, and I really enjoy going to activities for our family, as well as classes and meetings for the women. I enjoy volunteering my time to help the adult women learn new skills to strengthen their homes and families. My children love their classes, and they often teach my husband and I the gospel songs they learn in Sunday School. We are placed in family units to strengthen and uplift each other as we strive to keep God's commandments. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all our hearts, might, mind, and strength, and the second is to love our neighbors as ourselves. I believe this with all my soul, and as I read about Jesus' ministry and love for all of God's children, it gives me guidance as I try and reach out to those around me, no matter what circumstances they are in. As I try to share what I've been blessed with, I feel a little like I can be an instrument in God's hands, and help others to know that they have a Heavenly Father who cares and loves them as his own child. I know I can't be perfect, none of us are, right? So I also live my faith by repenting and promising to do better. Some days are easier than others, and I'm grateful to be able to repent and start fresh, committing to do my best. I have a long road ahead of me, but as long as my sights are set on eternity, I feel like I'm headed in the right direction, as bumpy as the road may be.