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Hi I'm Laura

I grew up in beautiful Northern Arizona. I was 29 when I was baptized. I'm a Democrat. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a newlywed who recently relocated to Washington from Arizona. We don't have any children (yet), and my husband and I love to hike, ride our bikes, listen to music, and hang out with our friends. I love to sing and do so whenever possible! I have an associates degree and plan on finishing my Bachelors in Social and Behavioral Science once time permits. Life can be so wonderfully hectic at times!

Why I am a Mormon

I have struggled with faith my entire life. I was raised by parents who were non-practicing Catholics, and had many friends who were LDS growing up whom I would attend church with. To be quite honest, I had a huge diversion to the LDS faith from about my 14th-28th year. I took the rumors and hearsay, and made them fact without actually looking into it myself. The only thing that I could honestly say I KNEW was that Mormon's always looked happy. And I didn't get why. My life had been hard, painful, and I was angry with God for quite a few things. I felt that if those Mormon's really understood life, they wouldn't be happy. And then it all changed. A friend of mine from work (who is a member) encouraged me to meet with the Missionaries. To just SEE for MYSELF. So I did, reluctantly, and it changed my life. I have never been happier or more fulfilled. It was difficult on my family at first, but they see the change in me, and they've all said that my happiness radiates out of me...and it's a good thing. :) I love life, I love my Heavenly Father and My Savior, Jesus Christ, and I am not afraid to say it! Truly knowing what my path is, and knowing that I have been forgiven for my past, has allowed me to flourish and grow in ways I never thought possible.

How I live my faith

I am the 2nd Counselor in our Young Women's Program, and I LOVE it! I am in charge of the 12yr and 13yr old girls, and since this was the time in my life when I started to become angry and withdrawn, I know I have been put into this position for a reason. I help to organize activities for the girls and try to support them through their teenage years; as we all know these years can be wonderful, painful, exciting, fun, and scary! I also visit two women a month and share a message about our faith. This is done with a companion, and is called Visiting Teaching.