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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a Southern girl. I'm a wife and mom. I like to serve others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a native Tennessee gal with a wonderful, loving husband and four children (2 boys, 2 girls), ranging from 1 to 9 years old. Our oldest child has autism and other special needs, which both challenges and teaches me. I have a Masters in Public Health and worked for many years in the health/wellness and cancer areas. I feel very blessed that I currently have the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom. It's the hardest job I've ever done! It stretches me so much personally, and gives me a good magnifying glass to see areas in which I can improve. I try each day to be the kind of mother that God wants me to be, and to be patient and kind. I usually fall very short, but I keep trying. When I was a teenager, my father was diagnosed with a degenerative lung condition. He subsequently had a lung transplant, but still died when I was 17. That was a very challenging period in my life, but taught me so much about trusting in our Heavenly Father's plan for each of us. Although I never have gotten the answer to "Why did this happen to me?", through much prayer I have felt the peace that comes from the Holy Ghost and know that it's all okay, and ultimately for a wise purpose. I love my family. I love to laugh and be cheerful. I like to cook, sing, read, speak Spanish, enjoy nature, and play games. I am grateful that I will be with my family forever because this life just wouldn't be long enough.

Why I am a Mormon

The Gospel of Jesus Christ, found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, brings me great peace and joy. I know that God is my Father, and that He loves me so much that He cares about everything from the small details of my life to the greater issue of my salvation. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that He loved me enough to give His life so that I can receive all that Heavenly Father has prepared for me. I make mistakes--lots of them--but I know that repentance is real and that we can be healed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I feel the Holy Ghost as I read the Book of Mormon. I know that it truly is another testament of Jesus Christ. When I study it regularly and prayerfully, I feel a greater love for Jesus Christ, overflowing in my heart. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that there is a living prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. As I follow the words of the ancient and modern prophets, I get blessings in my life so great that I cannot receive them all. My life would be incomplete without the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I try to follow His commandments because it brings me joy--true and lasting joy. It provides an anchor to me in the many storms of life. It strengthens my family relationships and provides a way for them to last forever. I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a Mormon) and will always be one because I have felt the conviction in my heart and mind that this is Christ's church on the earth today, and that this is where I can learn and follow His teachings.

How I live my faith

I strive to follow the Savior in my daily life, despite all of my weaknesses and shortcomings. I like to serve those around me, whether it's making a meal for someone who is ill, helping a Spanish speaker who needs translation, or just trying to be a good friend. I have spent many years working with the children between ages 1.5-12, including leading the children's singing. I'm currently serving in the women's auxiliary of the church. I love getting to know the other women and connecting with them spiritually and socially. I have made so many wonderful friends who uplift and inspire me through service in the church, often people who I wouldn't have gotten to know otherwise. I especially love the visiting teaching program of the church, which gives me an opportunity to minister individually to various women and just be a friend and a support for them to turn to in good times and challenging moments. Outside of church I like to be helpful at my kids' school and in the community and be a good neighbor, just as I appreciate the great neighbors that I have!

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pay their own way, or ask family members or others at home to help them out. When I decided I wanted to serve a mission, I had just finished college and had no money to pay for my mission. My widowed mother was willing to help, but couldn't pay for all of it herself. So, I asked my four siblings and my grandparents to help. Everyone committed a certain amount each month that they felt they could afford, and it was enough to cover the cost. That was a huge blessing to me! It allowed me to serve the Lord full-time for 18 months, an experience for which I will always be thankful. I have been blessed to be able to "pay it forward" by helping out two other missionaries to cover the cost of their missions, just doing what little bit I could each month. That blessed me and them and brought me great joy to facilitate their service. Show more Show less