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Hi I'm Laurie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and the only Mormon in my immediate family (I have nine siblings). I met my husband while we were both serving in the United States Air Force in Germany. We are both honorably discharged, disabled veterans. He was raised in an active LDS home and has many pioneer ancestors some of whom have been featured in the Church magazine "The Ensign" and the Church newspaper in historical articles. We have several children and grandchildren. We still work for a living and serve in callings within our Ward. We both have strong testimonies about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have many interests and friends from all over the world, from diverse cultures and backgounds, some are not Christians, many are of different Christian denominations, we love them all as our brothers and sisters. We are so happy to be "Mormons" and hope you will become a friend of ours and feel comfortable asking questions. Thank you for your interest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

For most of my childhood I had very little religious activity. There were bibles and children’s biblical story books in our home but we attended church very seldom. When I was in third grade my step-grandmother took my siblings and me to the Baptist Church in her town. I was eventually baptized because my friends and the preacher pestered me until I said yes. I enjoyed attending church with my Baptist friends for about a year. When I first started attending meetings the preacher was a very nice man who talked about how much God loved us and wanted us all to be happy. Then a new preacher was hired and suddenly the atmosphere changed as he angrily called us all to repentance. I stopped attending church and began looking for truth on my own. My mother encouraged me by allowing me to pursue my own faith. After I graduated from high school I met a couple of "Mormon" girls who introduced me to LDS missionaries. The Spirit I felt while the Elders taught me and answered my many questions impressed me so much that I wanted to learn more and was willing to make the commitment and I was baptized three days later. I have never doubted the truthfulness of the Gospel. I know that Jesus Christ loves me personally--just as He loves everyone else who has ever lived on this planet, all those who now live on earth, and all those who will come to live here. You and I all every other person are the literal Children of God. None of us are perfect yet, we all make mistakes, only the Atonement of our loving Savior makes it possible to overcome our own weaknesses and become worthy of exaltation. The Book of Mormon contains the Word of God as does the Holy Bible; Joseph Smith was called as a prophet to restore the Gospel to the earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only organization in existence that has the priesthood power and authority to act in God’s name. Many good people do the best they can with what they know … wouldn’t you like to know more?

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a Ward Bulletin Coordinator. It's my respondsibility to format each week's bulletin to include: the program for Sacrament Meeting, announcements for upcoming activities, and updating lists of Ward members currently serving as full-time missionaries, serving in the armed forces, or serving in Ward leadership and auxilliary positions. I've also served on activities committees, as a visiting teacher, relief society teacher, canning specialist, Sunday school teacher (8-18 year olds), primary teacher (3-7 year olds). I've decorated for Ward and Stake activities for nearly 30-years just because I love to see people's faces when they enter a "gymnasium" and find a garden. I love Jesus Christ and want to honor the life He gave for use by trying to follow His example. I try to treat everyone I meet the way I want to be treated. I try to remember we are all children of our Heavenly Father who knows and loves us as individuals. Each of us has different talants, strengths, and weaknesses. Together we are stronger than we are alone. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have a responsibilty to spread Christ's light to all I meet.