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Hi I'm Laurie

I've spent most of my life near the Rocky Mountains. I love their grandeur. I'm a single mom and a law librarian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Colorado and grew up in Arizona. I moved to Provo to attend school at BYU, and somehow ended up spending more than half my life in Utah. I love the rugged beauty of the Mountain West. I served as a missionary in Peru back in the early '80s, and studied again at BYU for graduate school. I was married and divorced, and am now a single mom with 3 kids living in one of the most family-oriented communities in the world. I have graduate degrees in library science and law, and work as a law librarian. I'm kind of a geek. I love science fiction and science in general, and my favorite TV shows all seem to be about quirky detectives (Monk, Psych, etc.)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, some of my ancestors knew Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Others were taught by Lorenzo Snow (5th President of the Church) in the Italian Piedmont and sacrificed almost everything they owned to join the Saints in America. Many walked across the Great Plains -- some with covered wagons, others with handcarts. A few died on the journey. As a child, I took being a Mormon for granted. But as I grew up, my life didn't follow the pattern I expected. There have been a number of times when my Heavenly Father intervened directly to change the course of my experience. I know God lives -- he has "spoken" to me more than once, although not with words. I know Jesus Christ is His Son and my Savior. I have felt the power and influence of the Holy Ghost during good times and bad, and especially when I was facing major decisions. As a missionary, I saw the power of God touch the lives of the people I taught and I have seen Him touch the lives of those around me. I can't imagine not knowing the Gospel or having the influence of God in my life.

How I live my faith

My life is not perfect. Sometimes I struggle to manage my time and my finances. I have a non-traditional family in a very traditional community. I have two teenage sons and a pre-teen daughter; and they are normal, good but imperfect kids. Some days they drive me crazy, but I still love them :-) With my children, I try to read the scriptures in the mornings before school and to have a family hour once a week. Some weeks are more successful than others. I couldn't make it through life without the support of my family, friends and neighbors -- or without faith. I am so grateful that my Father in Heaven brought me to the place where I am now. Despite all of life's challenges, I have been very blessed. Within my congregation, I serve as a youth adviser to the 16 & 17-year-old young women. I teach a Sunday class once or twice a month and take part in weekly activities. I was told in a blessing when I was a teenager that as an adult I would serve as a teacher and work with young people, and that has often been the case for me in both professional and spiritual contexts. At home, at work, and with my neighbors, I try to live my life in a way that reflects the teachings of Jesus Christ.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I am awed by the world around me. There's a canyon not too far from my home where I drive fairly frequently, and on one of the cliffs the rock is bent like the blip on a heart monitor. The power it took to bend that rock was incredible, and that's only a minor piece of God's creations. I've hiked into the Grand Canyon and rafted down rivers. I've flown to the Arctic circle and lived near the Amazon and in the shadow of the Andes. Everything I've seen tells me God is real. But even more than the natural world, I know God lives because He has touched my life. I'm no more special than anyone else. Anyone who wants to know if God is real badly enough to follow His path can have the same assurance I have. That is the central message of the Restoration: that the Creator has not abandoned His children, that He cares about and communicates with each of us individually. You don't have to take my word for it ... you can ask for His. Show more Show less