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Hi I'm Laurie

I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother. I've been a Mormon since 1980.

About Me

I value family time and enjoy those moments when we all get together. It doesn't happen as often as I'd like now that 4 of our 6 children are raising their own families. But memories are precious and there's always a future reunion in the works. I also love spending time with our 16 year old twins (adopted from Ethiopia in 2007). They are amazing. Despite all that they've been through, they greet each day with a positive attitude about themselves and their future. I have really enjoyed learning about new foods, language and customs. I'm a people person, but prefer small groups to large crowds. I like sharing stories and getting to know others on a deeper level. My hobbies are more solitary in nature. I enjoy reading, especially books about characters who triumph over adversity. I also like genealogy and family history.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a non-religious home, my exposure to religion was sporadic. When I did attend various Christian churches with friends, I struggled to feel connected. There were some doctrinal issues that I just couldn't accept. I wondered how it was that baptism was required before a person could enter heaven. I knew the earth had been populated by many, many good souls who lived and died without ever hearing about Jesus Christ. Would a loving God deny them eternal salvation because of the their circumstances on earth? After becoming a mother, I felt very motivated to find a connection with a church. Not because I felt I needed saving....but I yearned for relationships with other parents who shared my values. I wanted to protect my family from the evils of the world, and I felt there would be safety in greater numbers of "good" people in my life. The absolute last church I was interested in joining was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. With the little bit I knew about the Mormons, I didn't feel it was a good match for me. But my LDS brother thought differently and when I told him we were planning to join a church, he sent the missionaries to our door and asked us to take the discussions. We agreed but lacked sincere desire in hearing what they had to say. What we did hear dispelled those doctrinal questions that had been troubling me for years. My heart softened each week as I learned more and more of the restored gospel. As I learned about God's plan for His children, I realized that I indeed needed salvation, and that a relationship with Jesus Christ is absolutely necessary to obtain that salvation.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite hymns is titled "Because I have been given much, I too must give". These words have become a mantra for my life. I have been richly blessed in so many ways, and I feel it is my responsibility to share those blessings with others. Someday we will understand the reasons for life's inequities...why some people seem to have so many advantages in this world, while others suffer tremendous challenges and hardships. But even without that understanding, I know I have a purpose in helping make the world a better place. The most important work I can do, is within the walls of my own home. As a wife, mother and now a grandmother I see and feel the rewards of strong family relationships. As a pebble in a pond sends out ripples in every direction, so are the ripples of a parents love and influence. I have also enjoyed my work as a Speech and Language Pathologist. Communication is such a powerful tool, and helping others develop those skills was a fulfilling profession for me. Volunteering in schools, hospitals, youth programs and political interests have been meaningful experiences as well. I love living in healthy communities, and I feel a responsibility to contribute what I can. My church service has included a variety of teaching opportunities, leadership, and personal ministering. Sometimes I do grow weary in "doing good" and then I know it's time to take a break and count my blessings. I reflect on the life and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ. I think of his call to "come, follow me". And when I feeled renewed by His wonderful spirit, I know I need to get back to work. I have come to understand that caring and nurturing others are as vital to my happiness as the air I breathe.