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Hi I'm Laurel

I'm a mom, stepmom, trail runner, avid reader, daughter of God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents were divorced when I was a baby and I lived in four different states before turning 18, so I am very accustomed to change and to life not going the way i think it will. I now live with two of my 3 children and two of my husband's 4 children. Upon marrying, we decided I should leave my job as a Communication Intervener (for the deaf and blind) in order to help our family blend more easily. My job working with special needs students helped prepare me for my husband's 19-year-old who has developmental disabilities. I'm also a part-time service missionary, which is one of the greatest blessings of my life. The schedule and life of a blended family can be very overwhelming at times, and people often ask how I do it. The trick is, you just do it.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents didn't go to church, but my grandparents occasionally took my sister and I when we were very young. When my sister got her driver license, we were able to go on a weekly basis. It was during the young teenage years, when I went to church because I wanted to, that I felt deep within me that it was right and true. We lived in rural Kansas, so the drive to church was about 20 minutes long. We made that 5:30 AM drive to early-morning seminary 5 days a week! It was so true.

How I live my faith

In the LDS Church we have many opportunities to serve. When we're offered service assignments from the bishop, they're called "callings". My favorite calling is teaching. When I teach, I get to learn by studying. We teach best by example, so I try to live what I teach by practicing it and sharing my experiences. Living my faith means practicing its teachings and making things better when I make mistakes. It doesn't mean I'm perfect. I try my best and look for joy in the journey.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I once heard grace compared to a parent paying for a child's piano lessons. The lessons are all paid for, so the child has a choice-- he can sit at the piano and choose to play a little or not at all. He can choose to practice daily, develop the talent and learn to make beautiful music, and by doing so show gratitude to his mother for paying for the lessons and giving him that glorious opportunity. He can even excel and become a concert pianist performing at Carnegie Hall. All that was required was payment of lessons. The rest was up to the student. Show more Show less