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Hi I'm Laura

I live in Ohio. I spend my days loving and serving my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Georgia with four younger brothers. I met my husband while attending BYU-Idaho during my first semester and his last. After we were married, we moved to Ohio so he could attend podiatry school. We then stayed here for his residency. We have two children, a three-year-old daughter and 18-month old son, who I stay home with. Ever since I was a little girl, I just wanted to be a mom...so here I am living the dream! I spend nap time teaching myself how to sew or coming up with new activities to try with the kids. I love to organize and find myself happily going through closets and boxes every few months looking for clutter to give or throw away.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a loving Mormon family. We were taught to follow God, went to church as a family, prayed and read scriptures together daily. Up until I was thirteen-year-old, we had lived in a predominatly LDS community, and I never really questioned the way I was being raised. At that point, my family moved to Florida and suddenly I found myself in a very different environment. It was a difficult adjustment for me. I felt very lonely at the time. It was a time in my life when friends were really important and my family was not. I was having a hard time making friends in Florida that shared the values I had been taught. I started questioning what was important and right in my life...living the way Heavenly Father wanted me to live or having a lot of friends. I remember reading the Ensign (a magazine put out by our church) and reading the scripture found in Matthew 5:10-12 which reads: 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. As I read that scripture, I felt a peace come over me. I knew that it was important for me to do what God wanted me to do. I knew that Heavenly Father was aware of my and all the struggles I was going through at that moment. It also reminded me that Jesus Christ suffered the Atonement so that I would never have to be alone. Since that time, the gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed my life numerous times. Being a member of Christ's church has brought me more joy and happiness than anything else. I found found peace in His words and blessings in his gospel.

How I live my faith

I currently teach the six-year-old children in my ward. Every Sunday I meet with them for two hours. The first hour we meet with all the children age 3 to 8 to sing songs and talk about a monthly theme. During the second hour I take them to a classroom where was have a lesson teaching them a principle of the gospel. We usually sing songs, do an art project, and/or game to help learn what is being taught. Most importantly though, I want the children to feel the Savior's love for them, and I feel the best way to achieve that is to make sure that I love them and let them know how very special and important they are. I also live my faith in the way I raise my family. I believe that motherhood is a calling. I have a divine responsibility to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to my children. I do that with my husband by diligently trying to follow the Savior's example We pray and study the scriptures with our children daily. Once a week we have a family night which is set aside for having a lesson about the gospel and spending time playing games or doing service as a family.