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Hi I'm Lara

I'm a professional musician, a teacher, a wife, a (soon-to-be) mother, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

When people ask me what I do for a living, they usually don't expect me to say, "I'm an oboist!" It is kind of a random, and specialized, career. I have my doctorate in oboe performance and teach full-time at the university level, as well as freelance and perform around the area. I love being a teacher and a musician and find immense satisfaction in my career. But even more than I love my job, I love my wonderful husband. We have been married 5 amazing years and finally, after many years of tears and frustration, are expecting our first child. My husband is a tremendous support to me, and I just absolutely adore him. There is nobody else in the whole world that I would rather be with!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a Mormon family, my parents gave me freedom to investigate other churches when I was a teenager and trying to find out for myself what I believed in. I was welcomed to go to any church I was interested in, as long as I also went to our church. For a good year, I went with friends to their churches, asked lots of questions, and read a lot of scriptures. When I realized I did have a testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the restored church of Jesus Christ, it wasn't because of one ah-ha moment. Rather, it was the culmination of many small spiritual moments as I studied and pondered and sought for truth. The Spirit has testified to me that the teachings of this gospel is true, and I choose to believe in those promptings. I love this gospel with all my heart. I love the teachings which are simple enough for a child to understand and yet complex enough that you can spend your whole life pondering them. I love that it makes me a better person. I love that my family can be together forever. I love the wonderful people of my faith who surround me and who have become my family. I love that I can go to church anywhere in the world (it was even true of my visit to Ukraine and China) and the church is exactly the same. In short, I am a Mormon because it makes me happy and brings my life immeasurable joy!

How I live my faith

The wonderful thing about my faith is that it requires me to live in accordance with its teachings. The gospel requires us to become better people, and to focus on service towards others. Every member of the church has an opportunity to serve in our congregations (or wards). Some of my callings have included being an organist, a choir director, a teacher for the 12-13 yr-old girls, a singing leader for children ages 3-11, and presently serve as a coordinator for our visiting teaching program. Every woman in the ward can serve as a visiting teacher, which means they are given the calling of caring for and watching out for a particular woman in the ward. It is a wonderful program that ensures we are all taken care of. As a visiting teacher, I have thrown a birthday party in a hospital for my friend who was dying of breast cancer; as a visiting teachee, I have been comforted by my teachers during a very difficult loss. I have a strong testimony that this program is inspired as I have watched myself and other women become instruments of God in reaching out and helping our sisters in need. As I have moved around the country and lived in several different congregations, I have learned that service is the key to happiness. The more I serve those around me, the happier I am. I try and live this principle outside of church as well, and serve in my community, in the work-place, and wherever I may find myself.