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Hi I'm Lauralynn

I've evolved from a soccer player to middle school teacher to high school teacher to a stay at home mom. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have gone from the working world and pursuing a career to being a stay-at-home mom. My husband is finishing his Bachelor's Degree and working full time to allow me to be at home with our 2 year old son. I love being outdoors! I absolutely love coaching soccer! As a family we enjoy camping, hiking, mountain biking, running marathons (okay, I run the marathon and the boys cheer me on), attending sporting events, taking our basset hound on a walk, playing at the park, we just love the act of doing. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Health Education and a minor in Physical Education Teaching. I taught for a year on the Mexico/America border and then moved back to Idaho to teach at an alternative High School. When we made the decision to have me stay at home with our son as a full time mom, I thought the transition would be easy. I would like to say that the transition is complete, but it is an ongoing process for me to remember that the most important work I will ever do is in the home. I love my role as a mom and wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I may have been born and raised in the church, but just as everyone else in the world, there comes a time when I had to make a decision if I really believed what I had been taught my whole life was true. I came to this realization when I was a freshman in High School. As I sat around the table at my grandma house (my dad's mom) listening to them continually bash on the prophet Joseph Smith and the prophet at the time I found anger starting to boil up. I was so angry and ashamed that my father was agreeing with the statements that were being made. I finally heard myself speaking up and asking if any of them had a testimony and then bearing my own testimony. The spirit that filled my being at that moment left me in awe. I had never spoken with such conviction. I was surprised at my testimony. I excused myself as those sitting around the table began to bash on my words. My father followed me out and thanked me for standing up for what I believed in even though he himself did not have the courage to do so. My testimony has grown since then. I have served a full time mission in Ukraine and seen the spirit change lives. I have allowed the words of the prophets to direct my actions. I have seen the atonement of Jesus Christ wash away my sins and allow me to live free of the burdens I so easily take upon myself. I love that I can have a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven and live with my family for eternity. I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I love my calling as a youth teacher. I teach the 14 and 15 year-old sunday school. They are so fantastic! I love helping them understand how they can apply the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ into their own lives without being over bearing or too "churchy". This is one way that I get to interact with the youth since I am no longer in the public school system. I feel like I live my faith every day of my life by being a stay-at-home mom. I struggle with this calling more than anything else in this world! I grew up with a mom that worked as a full time nurse. I gained a love and an appreciation for working. When I graduated from college I had set high goals for myself (which mentors would console me in advance saying that the chances of me achieving these were slim), all of which I had achieved in the 2 years I worked as a teacher. I am positive that our Heavenly Father allowed me to reach these goals early so I would have an easier time making the transition out of the work field. Which has made it easier, but I still yearn to be in the classroom teaching. I love the time I get to be at home with my son. I hope that we can bring more kids into the world so I feel like there is a reason for me to be here, because my son is such a well mannered kid. I still find myself living the inner battle of staying at home and working. I know that we would not have to struggle so much financially if I could just get a job and bring in a decent salary while my husband finishes school. The blessings that have been promised by me staying at home with my children far outweigh the few years of comfort that would come from me working. I feel by staying at home I live my faith more than any calling in the church I may be asked to do.