What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Laurie

I'm married, a mother of five, a registered nurse and childbirth educator. I love to travel with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a mother. I have been married for 21 years, and we have five children, ranging in age from 8-months to almost-16-years old. We are so grateful for our children, and for their unique talents and personalities. Our home is rarely dull (or quiet!). I received a degree in nursing from BYU in 1994, and have worked as an RN in many settings: inpatient rehab, med-surg, trauma ICU, and urgent care. For the past five years I have taught childbirth and parenting classes in Seattle. With a large and busy family of my own to care for, I work only about 10-15 hours a month at the hospital, and I find it so rewarding to work with women and couples who are beginning their own journey to parenthood. I sometimes joke that I don't have time for any hobbies, or rather, that being our children's taxi driver, room mom, classroom art docent, and scout/band/soccer/baseball cheerleader IS my hobby. I feel great satisfaction and happiness in being an active part of our children's lives. I have recently discovered digital scrapbooking, and I love putting pictures of our family's excursions around the beautiful Pacific Northwest into photo books. If that elusive "someday, when I have more time" ever arrives, I would love to read more, garden more, sing more, learn ASL, learn to sew, and learn to play the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess I started out being a Mormon because my parents were Mormons. I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I never doubted that there was a God in heaven who knew me and loved me; it just made sense to me as a child, and as an adult, I feel the reality of God's existence deep within my soul. Choosing to remain a "Mormon," however, was not as instinctive. The idea that God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to a 14-year-old farm boy (Joseph Smith) is just so incredible! I wondered throughout my late-teen and young adult years, "Could it really be true?" In my early 20's, I was in a women's church class where the topic was Joseph Smith. As I pondered what Joseph and his family had sacrificed for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, I realized that he could only give all that he gave - including his very life - because he believed so fervently in the work he was doing. He knew it was true. And in that moment, I knew it was true too. I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet, called to restore the church of Jesus Christ in its fulness. Since that time, I have read the Book of Mormon many times. I know it is a true book of scripture. I know it because of the way I feel when I read. Reading the Book of Mormon teaches me more about my Savior, Jesus Christ. In the pages of the Book of Mormon, I learn how to live the life Jesus wants me to live. I also find inspiration and courage to live that life, even when it is difficult. It's not always easy or popular to be a Mormon. But I stay "in" because I truly believe this to be The Church of Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know we have a living prophet on the earth today. I feel the love of God in my life, and I see how He answers prayers, large and small. I know that I am happiest when I am trying to pattern my life after the life of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by continuing to try each day! One scripture I love is in the Bible, in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: "Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." I'm not always very good at all of these things, but being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gives me a reason and a forum to keep practicing these refining qualities. Over the years, I have had various individuals tell me, "I don't need an organized religion to make me be good." In contrast, I feel that going to church each week provides me with the inspiration and motivation to continue to try to "be good" in my own life. The church organization also provides a structure in which I can serve others. My current assigment in our congregation is to coordinate the service activities of our women's group. We serve each other in times of happiness, such as the birth of a baby, and in times of sadness, such as illness or death. We also serve outside our congregation; for example, twice a year we partner with other area churches (Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Baptist) to provide meals for the homeless. Although I do provide some of the service myself, often my job is to assess needs and then assign tasks. I am continually amazed at, and humbled by, the willingness of other women to serve their friends, neighbors, and even strangers. So often I have seen the women of our congregation serve someone in need, even when providing that service required a sacrifice in their own lives. I have concluded that the thing that makes this kind of service/sacrifice possible is the love of Jesus Christ. When we feel His love in our lives, we are able to turn that love outward and love others as He loves us.