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Hi I'm Laurie

I'm married and a mom of two daughters. I'm a writer and a teacher. I live in the Washington, D.C. area and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, a mom, a writer, a breast cancer survivor, a genealogist, a teacher, and a recent empty nester with two daughters and a son-in-law. I grew up in Utah and came to Washington, D.C. for an internship in the U.S. Senate during my senior year of college. I fell in love with Washington and later fell in love with a man that lived here, and we've lived in this area ever since. I worked on Capitol Hill and in the federal government for many years. After I got married and had two kids, I quit to stay home and be a full-time mom. It wasn't an easy decision or an easy transition, but if I had to do it all over again, I'd do it the same way. I love my family and I'm grateful that I had the choice of staying home. I know many women don't enjoy that luxury. While I always felt the tug of my career pulling at me to go back, I never did. Now that I look back and realize how quickly the time flew by (cliche I know) I'm glad I soaked up every minute I could with my kids before they left. I also learned that in the end, I was the one who benefitted most from quitting and staying home-- not them! I thought I did it for them, but it ended up being more for me, for my growth and development and opportunity. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my perspective on life became even clearer. I know what matters in life -- faith, family and freedom.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Utah where it seemed everybody was Mormon -- except my family! All my ancestors were Mormon. In fact, my family history on my dad's side traces back to Joseph Smith's family, but for some reason, they fell away from the faith. My mom held firm and taught me to pray and guided me to believe. I always loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and became more converted when I went to college and came across people with so many different beliefs. If I learned anything from my dad, it was to not be a hypocrite. I didn't want to me a Mormon in name only. So I worked hard to learn for myself whether I really believed what I'd been taught. I'll never forget the sweet assurance I felt that my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ was not misplaced. I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and I believe being a Mormon makes me a better person in every way. It is the ultimate self-improvement plan. I love how our prophets and apostles teach us how to be better disciples of Jesus Christ. Being a Mormon makes me happy. More than that, it brings me deep joy and peace. It teaches the ultimate plan of happiness, which is that we lived with God before, then came to earth to experience mortality and to learn how to live like Jesus Christ. Because of His Atonement, we can return to live with God again and be with our families forever and live in a state of never-ending happiness. What isn't to love about that?

How I live my faith

I serve as a public affairs director for the Washington, D.C. area of the church. I read anti-Mormon news stories every day and then study on my own to make sure that what I believe is really true. I've never been disappointed yet. My beliefs are strengthened every day. The spirit confirms to me that I am putting my faith into Christ's true church on the earth. I teach my children by my example to serve in all the capacities they can so that they can learn and grow closer to the Savior. I organize events, teach lessons, study my scriptures, attend the temple, and try to always learn more. I love working with the youth and with other women in the church. Other members strengthen my faith and support me. I love being part of a congregation that feels like family to me. We support and love each other continually. I've been blessed to be surrounded by amazingly strong LDS women who have helped me raise my children and taught me more than I could ever express in a short paragraph. My faith is fortified by seeing the miracles that surround me -- a brother lost to drugs who turned to Jesus Christ and found happiness and freedom from addiction; my own recovery from breast cancer and how my faith sustained me; the hope of better days to come that gets my disabled brother from one day to the next; the belief in eternal life and eternal families that helps my mom (and entire family) survive my dad's sudden death at age 57. My faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of my life.