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Hi I'm Laura

I like to enjoy the beauties of life and nature with family. I'm a believer of Jesus Christ, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My professional training is in secondary education, with an emphasis in later British literature (Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, etc.), and a focus on film adaptations of these works. My other interests include photography, reading, genealogy, and music (mostly piano and voice), and I recently tried out painting and sewing classes. However, what means even more to me is being a child of God, the wife of a hard-working, loyal man, and a stay-at-home mother of three...including twins. People often comment that my hands are full. Yes, they are; but when I take the time to reflect, I recognize that my hands are full of blessings. My husband and I rely on in vitro fertilization to become pregnant, so we weren't sure if the blessing of children was going to be ours. When pregnant with the twins, I was on partial bed-rest at home, and then after premature labor, I ended up on complete bed-rest at the hospital for six more weeks. We are very grateful and blessed that our children arrived safely...and we will always be indebted to the doctors and nurses who helped make this possible, and for the care that they and many church members gave us and our babies along the way. Several years later, these blessings continue to take up most of my energy and time. It's hard work, unacclaimed by much of the world, but I know it's worth the effort and sacrifice. And I know that I'm focusing my energies and my life on what matters most, and on what brings me the most joy...my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My parents' grandparents joined this Church after getting past common misconceptions about it, finding out for themselves the restored truths of Jesus Christ that were taught by "Mormon" missionaries. As I got older, I wanted to have my own testimony--my own witness through the Holy Ghost--that this truly was God's Church. I had attended Church regularly for years; I had read the Bible and the Book of Mormon with my family and on my own, and had tried to live my life according to the teachings of God in those books of scripture. Every time my family or I finished re-reading The Book of Mormon, I felt I should pray to God and ask Him to let me know if it was truly His word. I expected to feel something amazing in answer to those prayers, but for a long time, I didn't feel anything special. Then one summer, while visiting my grandparents, I decided to pray again about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. A thought clearly came to my mind: "Laura, you already know it's true." "You already know it's true." Yes, I did. I knew The Book of Mormon was true, and I knew The Church of Jesus Christ was true. I had known for a long time, but had thought I needed some extra special spiritual experience to confirm what I had already known in my mind and calmly felt in my heart for years. That wasn't the end of those assurances, either. At repeated times in my life, even now, I have felt the calm, warm, motivating feelings of the Holy Ghost confirm that Heavenly Father loves me, that He loves all people, and that He has a plan of redemption for all of us through the life, sacrifice, and teachings of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ--taught in their fulness in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I view other people and try to think about, speak to, and interact with them in love. I believe all people are my brothers and sisters, and I want to build them up however I can--even in small ways like a smile or a friendly "hello." In past years, I have helped organize a blood drive and an African-American genealogy conference. Last fall, my husband, our kids, and I participated in a service project at a neighborhood park. Currently I am organizing an emergency preparedness event. Each month, I also visit a few women in our congregation to see how they are doing, share an inspirational thought, and find out whether they need any help. I also substitute-teach my children's classes at church when needed. I strongly believe in the power of kindness and service to help us live our faith, and to allow us to express our testimonies and gratitude to God through our actions towards one another.