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Hi I'm Laurel

I'm a Mormon. I'm a 61 year old grandma of 20. I love working with children, gardening,sewing and reading classic novels.

About Me

I was born into a medium sized family with 2 sisters and 3 brothers. One of my brothers is also my twin. When I was 7 my parents were divorced and our family were split in half. I never again lived with my twin. When I was 11 my mom decided we should live in California. It was there that I met my high school sweetheart and we were married shortly after high school graduation. We have been together now for 43 years. We were blessed with 5 children; 4 sons and a daughter. I loved being a mom and I love just as much being the grandmother of 20 grandchildren. Unfortunately, none of our children live close enough for me to hug my little ones as often as I would like so I have spent the past several years working with pre-school children in the Head Start program. I presently monitor on the school bus, buckling the little ones safely into their seats to and from school. In my free time I enjoy working with my hands in the yard and at the sewing machine. When I want to rest and relax, I grab a good Charles Dickens novel and escape into another world. I live very rurally in a village of 90 people. I love the quiet and peacefulness of town.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was growing up in my family homes, religion was not an important factor. The few times I attended church, I honestly felt that I wanted God in my life. When I moved to California I began to attend the Presbyterian church with my father. I loved Sunday School class when I was 12 but even then there were things taught that didn't make sense to me; like God being a spirit with no personal form. In my heart I believed that he was like my daddy (who I loved very much) and so I was frustrated with their doctrine of God. After I had my first children (twins) my husbands Episcopalian priest insisted that they needed to be baptized. I resisted and the minister became extremely frustrated with my decision. It was time to look for a new church. Then we met our missionary in conjunction with renting our first home. He was our landlord and he was a wonderful man with the kind of family that I hoped to have someday. When I was in high school I gave my husband to be a wristband engraved with these words: "Love Forever". The one thing that I wanted in this world was to be married forever to my husband. When our landlord/missionary told me that we could be married forever, I was very interested in what he had to share. As the gospel unfolded to my ears, I loved what I was being taught. I knew as I read the Book of Mormon that it was true. Everything that I learned and read rang true to my heart and within 3 months my husband and I were baptized into the Lord's true church. Since that time I have had the great blessing of being sealed to my husband and children in the Lord's temple in Los Angeles. We can be a forever family. I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I love my Savior Jesus Christ. Because of His Atonement, my family and I can return to live again with our Father in Heaven. The knowledge of this brings me great peace and hope.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church in various responsibilities since I joined 42 years ago. I started out working with the children in the youth organization called "Primary". That is probably my most favorite place to serve. However I have also worked with the teenage girls and the women in the various church congregations that I have lived in. I have taught Sunday School classes to children, youth and adults. I have prayed and given talks on many spiritual subjects to our congregation. Currently I am teaching a class to those who are anxious to research their family roots through geneaology. I direct the workings of the Family History Center and love to work with members of the community who are also interested in this research. I try to show love and compassion to all those within my circle of acquaintances and friends. I want to be a good example of the Savior's church.