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Hi I'm Laurie

I'm a woman, a daughter of God, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. I love to dance and sing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the second oldest in a family of seven children, including five brothers. I married a wonderful, crazy artist when I was quite young. Now we have six amazing children and nineteen fabulous grandchildren - so far. In the early years of our marriage, we decided to move to the remote mountains of Appalachia in search of a simpler existence. It became a huge adventure and a defining experience of our lives. We still live life as a big adventure. I love learning new things. I learned to snow-ski, belly-dance and speak Spanish after the age of forty - and just learned to surf this past summer, in my late 50's. I love music and its power to feed our souls. I play the piano and sing - I still remember the lyrics of most of the songs I sang when I was a girl. I'm reading (and enjoying) the Harry Potter series, so I can discuss them intelligently with my grandchildren. I also love Jane Austen, Orson Scott Card, and Victor Hugo.

Why I am a Mormon

I was converted to the LDS faith when I was a 13 years old girl living in Georgia. Although my mother had been a member for about 8 years, my father was not interested in joining, and did not like our family to participate. For that reason, my attendance at church was rare, and my exposure to members was limited. My mother taught me quite a bit, but I did much of my studying on my own. Since I had been baptized a Methodist when I was younger, almost all my friends were devoutly Protestant, and had little understanding of why I would join such an odd and little-known church. With very few LDS youth in the small southern town where I lived, it was a difficult and lonely path to walk. Still, I felt a strong determination to live my life in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ as I had grown to understand it. My faith grew slowly and steadily, and I have never regretted my choice to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Everything good in my life is a result of the faith I have in my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and my membership in this church. One of my happiest blessings came the day I watched as my father, at the age of 70, finally gained his own testimony of the Lord's Gospel and was baptized into the church! What a joyous miracle for our family!

How I live my faith

The church opens up countless opportunities to serve others. Through the church, I have been able to participate in community projects such as feeding the homeless, providing help for family and women's shelters, and helping to teach an English/Spanish language exchange program. At church I have been able to work with and teach children, teenagers, and adults, and use my vocal and piano abilities in meetings and in conducting choirs, both children and adults. I am blessed to visit and help widows and shut-ins, as well as busy mothers who don't have enough hours in the day. I have prepared meals and cared for children of families in crisis. There is just no end to the chances we have to "pay it forward" and do good in the world. Currently, I am working to offer love and support to unwed mothers in our area, to help them make some of the difficult decisions they face, and help them find the resources they need to take care of themselves and the child they are carrying.