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Hi I'm Laurel

I'm a mother of 4 (soon to be 5!) children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a very loving family in rural Kansas. After spending the first several years of my life "on the farm," we moved to Detroit, Michigan and then just two years later to Bonn, Germany. My experiences overseas have largely shaped who I am today. After receiving my bachelor's degree, I was married and have enjoyed these last 12 years with my best friend. We are expecting our fifth child this Christmas.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, I relied heavily on my parent's faith. I went to church every Sunday because that's what our family did. My parents joined the church in their 20's, just before I was born. They were both very committed to the gospel and I never doubted that they believed it was true. I saw my parents pray, I saw them read their scriptures, I saw them give talks, accept opportunities to serve, visit the elderly or those who were sick. They were always committed to the gospel. When I left home to attend college, I realized that my faith was not my own. I realized quickly that I needed to search and study the gospel for myself. It was not an easy process, but after several years, I finally found that I was the happiest and most peaceful when I lived the principles of the gospel. In the year that I was married, my mother was diagnosed with a rare disease that would ultimately take her life in 2008. When she died, I was 33 weeks pregnant with twins. I was not permitted to travel to attend her funeral. As I have prayed for comfort over the loss of my mom, I have come to know for myself that Heavenly Father knows who I am. He knows of my pains, my sorrows, my questions, my doubts. He has given me peace and comfort as nothing else in this life could. I have felt my own personal witness that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, that He atoned for my sins and my pain, and most importantly, that He lives. He lives and loves each one of us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith first and foremost in my home. As a mother to 4, almost 5 children, I spend each day striving to teach my children good principles and guiding them to make good decisions and someday be giving, contributing members of the community and church. I help with the youth programs at church, specifically girls ages 12-18. I help teach classes on Sunday and also help plan activities that take place every week on Wednesday nights. I strive to instill a love of serving in the girls I work with. We have helped several organizations in the community by making baby blankets, decorating Thanksgiving baskets for families in need, visiting elderly women, preparing meals for new moms and busy families, and cleaning homes/yard-keeping for those whom it might be difficult. I find so much joy in serving others and hope that the young girls I work with at church will feel that same joy.