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Hi I'm Laurie

I'm a retired social worker, wife, mother, and grandmother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 29 yrs. old, my husband was killed in an automobile accident leaving me with 4 small children, the oldest being an 8 yr. old son. I remarried a man with 8 children and we had one of our own within 2 years of our marriage. After some time, three of my husband's children went to live with their mother but we still had 10 children left at home. Luckily, the children got along well together and we had many good times together as a family. I went back to school during that time receiving a B.A. degree in Human Services and taking a year of pre-law classes. I also started my own part-time business as an investigative case worker doing adoption homestudies and guardian ad litem reports. Upon completion of my studies, I went to work full-time as a social worker for DSHS working in Children's Services. I was fortunate that my 2 oldest girls were able to help out at home when I couldn't be there. I loved my work but had to take an early retirement because of "burn-out". Shortly after I retired, my youngest daughter, who had been using drugs for sometime, gave birth to a baby girl she couldn't care for so the state granted me temporary custody of her. My marriage had ended so I was glad to have a beautiful little granddaughter with whom to spend my time. My granddaughter is now almost 12 years old and my wonderful husband of 7 years and I have legally adopted her. At my age, I can't believe that I am a "homeschooling mom" who is raising an "only child".

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in an Irish Catholic family who faithfully attended church every Sunday. I have a tendency to question things and when I got into my 20's, I found that I had a number of questions about the Catholic faith. I was teaching Catechism to the children at our local parish, on Sundays, and the priest there was a good friend of mine. He couldn't answer several questions I had saying that these things were simply "mysteries of the faith". Since I was determined to find answers to my questions, I investigated several other religions to see if I could find the answers there, but no answers were forthcoming. I didn't know if the original church of Jesus Christ was still on the earth, but if it was, I wanted to find it. I knew I would find the answers there. I was very prayerful and one day, a couple came to my home to see if I would rent them some pasture for their horses, and I said that I would. Sometime after that, I found out they were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as Mormons. They gave me a Book of Mormon which I placed on my dresser and didn't touch for several months. One day, I didn't have anything else in the house to read so I picked up the book and started to read it. They had told me that It was a history of the people and their prophets in the ancient Americas and, since I am a history buff, I immediately looked up the prophecies concerning the Pilgrims, Columbus's coming to America, and the Civil War. I then read about an ancient prophet, Lehi, and his family who came to the Americas from Jerusalem in 600 BC. I found all of the answers to my questions concerning where we come from, why we are here, and where we are going after we die. I had a warm feeling in my heart and I knew without the slightest doubt that I had finally found the truth. I have been a Mormon for 40 years now, and everyday, I thank my Heavenly Father for the true gospel of Jesus Christ and for my membership in His church.

How I live my faith

I have been very actively involved in my church throughout the 40 years I have been a member. My service over the years has been varied. I have enjoyed teaching women's classes and have held many leadership positions. I have also participated in our church choir, lead the music during various meetings, been an accompianist and chorister in the children's program and worked with the scouts. I am presently teaching a class of 3 and 4 year olds about Jesus Christ and the restored gospel. I absolutely love the children and I look forward to seeing each of them every Sunday. They bring much joy into my life! In addition to my activity in the church, I have been very politically active in my community. I feel that since "freedom isn't free", we must do our part to support good people who are running for public office. I have been involved in several political campaigns over the years and have worked hard to promote state initiatives which have been aimed at preserving citizen's rights. I have also attended classes on the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution. Some of my favorite recreational passtimes are roller-blading, kayaking, hiking, fiddling, and reading.