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Hi I'm Laurie

I'm a mother of 7, an idealist, an artist, a breast cancer survivor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother, and a volunteer art teacher. I love to teach, paint, read, cook, and create just about anything. I graduated from BYU in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. My husband and I have 7 children. Six boys and one girl. They are so much fun and it's a busy life. I am the creator of the Great Artist Program. I love teaching art because of the impact it has on children and how they feel about themselves when they discover their talents! I am recovering from a major surgery due to Breast Cancer and the discovery of the BRCA2 gene. I am a happy and energetic person. I love my life, I love my family, I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church from birth. My parents and extended family have always been great examples of faith and commitment to living their standards. I have a strong testimony and belief in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon many times since my youth and know it is true. I love having the gospel in our lives as my husband and I raise our family. These are hard times in today's world, and I feel such peace and comfort knowing we have a living Prophet to lead and guide us today. I know Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers. I know Jesus Christ lives, and that he loves me. One of the greatest blessings of the restored gospel is the chance to enter into the Temple of God. To make promises to Him and receive blessings of eternal life and the opportunity to be sealed to my husband and children forever. I'm a mormon because I believe in what I've been taught since youth, and because of continued study and faith as an adult. I'm a mormon because living the gospel makes me happy, even when challenges arise. In my most recent challenge, Breast Cancer, I have been comforted with answers to prayers, miracles of healing, and comfort to pain, suffering, and worry. I know my Heavenly Father is aware of me and my family. I know he has preserved my life through promptings of the spirit and blessings of the priesthood.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by my commitment to follow Jesus Christ and his teachings everyday. I read from the scriptures, pray, and live my standards each day, and it makes me happy. For the past 10 years I have been serving in the youth programs of the church. Currently I am the Stake Young Women's President. I love this calling. I have the opportunity to serve with over 120 young women ages 12-18 and their ward youth leaders in my community. We plan spiritual events, girl's camps, youth conferences, nights to share talents and growth, as well as teach Sunday lessons and plan weekly activities to help the young women know who they are, and whom they can become. One amazing resource we have is the Personal Progress Book. It's a book of 8 values to understand, work on, and complete a 10 hour project for each value. These values such as integrity, good works, and virtue, are values to help these beautiful young women understand their identity as daughters of God, and to help them prepare for their future roles as women of faith, wives, mothers, and leaders of the coming generation. I also visit teach 3 wonderful women in my neighborhood each month as well as participate in councils for planning and taking care of the spiritual needs of our community. Taking 7 kids to church each week for 3 hours is a commitment, but we love it. We also love having a family home evening on Monday nights with our children where we spend time together and discuss the gospel and how we can live it in our daily lives. Daily prayer and scripture study as a family helps bring the spirit into our home and helps protect us from temptation.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is being happy! Not because nothing ever goes wrong, but because of what we know. We can choose hope, happiness, and love over fear, anger and animosity because we are followers of Jesus Christ. We strive to know Him, to learn of His teachings and His example and we try to be like Him. This kind of thinking brings happiness even in times of hardship. A big part of being a Mormon is serving others. This is a sure way to be happy, a good way to forget our own troubles and be more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are all here on this earth to have JOY! Being part of a family and knowing God's plan for us is a continual source of happiness and comfort to his children on earth. Show more Show less