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Hi I'm LaRae

I was married at age 19 and graduated from ASU. I had 5 children but lost my 3rd son to a brain tumor at age 17. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small Idaho town. When I was in high school my family moved to Arizona. I had a difficult time adjusting to an urban school. I attended the local university where I met my husband. I was only 19 when we were married. Our children didn't come easily or quickly. We adopted our first one. That opened the "baby gates" and 4 more followed. When our third son was 16 he was diagnosed with a brain stem glioma. He bravely battled the tumor for 15 months. But passed away 4 months after his 17th birthday. This experience was definitely a defining moment in my life. Life cannot be taken for granted. You never know when you will lose someone you love. You never know when it will be your time to go. Be sure you tell your loved ones that you love them.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was blessed with a pioneer heritage, with ancestors who came in wagons to the Salt Lake Valley, I had to gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel for myself. I'm grateful to have the examples of friends and family. My parents were always giving unselfish service to others. I discovered how wonderful I would feel when I was giving service. My faith was certainly tested when cancer claimed our young son. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have that I will see him again when it is my turn to return to a loving Heavenly Father. That I will not only be reunited with him again, but also my parents, grandparents and others who have gone on.

How I live my faith

I have always enjoyed teaching children and have had the opportunity to do so many times. Their innocence and enthusiasm are priceless. I was privileged to be able to teach children on Sundays but I also specialized in helping children who struggled with reading. It is so rewarding to witness their excited responses as they acquired more reading skills and their confidence in themselves grew. They give love and appreciation so freely! I also enjoy sewing and making quilts to share with those in need. Now that I am retired I have more time to dedicate to serving others. As I serve others my love for them grows as well as my love for the Lord. I am blessed to serve.