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Hi I'm LuAnn

I love the arts, outdoors, learning and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Career Counselor and teacher at a community college and I love helping students find their path and achieve their academic and career goals. I also assist my neices, nephews and friend's children. I love music and the arts, the outdoors, traveling and of course being close to family, even though I don't have my own. I love attending and performing in various artistic events. I also love hiking or camping locally or traveling to other states or abroad. Even though I have not traveled far, I once obtained 15 humanity credits by studying and touring through Europe, and I've traveled with friends through parts of Central America. Even though I would love to be a mother, I have found you don't need to be a mother to assist or have a positive influence on others. I love assisting the students where I work, and I moved to Utah from Washington State to be closer to family members that were sick or aging. I also enjoy meeting extended family I didn't have the chance to know as I was growing up in Washington.

Why I am a Mormon

Many of us can say we did not have a perfect childhood, but I always knew my parents loved me. We become who we are from our experiences of joy and sorrow. Whether you are born into a particular church, as I was into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), you gain knowledge and your testimony through your own search for truth, principle upon principle. Through my search I have learned the Lord knows me and loves me, and has a plan for me and all mankind. I lost my mother around 8 years ago, my sister 2 years ago, my father in January and a close aunt last week. If I thought I would never see them again, I would be very disheartened, but knowing this is only a temporary separation gives me hope. Wordsworth once said, “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting, the soul that rises with us our life star has had elsewhere its setting and cometh from afar. Not in utter nakedness, and not in entire forgetfulness, but with trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home.” I believe my loved ones have merely gone home. It is also comforting for me to know that we are not alone in our trials, pain or struggles. Life is good, but at times it can be very hard. I may find myself in situations I don’t understand, but through my diligence, the support and love of friends, and assistance from my Heavenly Father, I know I will be able to move through any challenge. Kahlil Gibran, talks of the sorrow that carves out our soul, being the very cup that holds our joy. We usually learn more from negative experiences than we do from positive ones. I, like everyone else, would love to only have positive experiences in my life, but I have to admit that I have learned to be positive by looking at those things I'm grateful for, rather than what I lack. Through my challenges I have also developed a love of learning, and I have learned persistence, compassion, love of service, and patience, even though I am still working on this one.

How I live my faith

Outside of my full-time employment, I volunteer as a Guest Service Missionary at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City, UT. Here I assist in different roles during the various performances and events occurring here throughout the year. Presently I also supervise a group of women who check on the well-being of the sisters in our ward. A ward being a group of approximately 300 families and singles in a small geographic area in my city. In the past I have been the secretary for a group of young children called the Primay. I have also taught and lead the music for this same group of children. Besides children I have taught teen-age youth in Sunday School and in one of the oldest women's organization in America, called the Relief Society. I also served here as the secretary and president. Because of my love of music, I also had the opportunity to lead our congregation in music, choose musical numbers, and I also lead a choir of young adults. I have learned so many things from serving in these various capacities.