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Hi I'm Laurie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am recently retired from 28 years as a school teacher in California. I have two young adult children who are being gently pushed out of the nest. I stay as active as possible and love to get together with my family--especially my sisters. I am eagerly pursuing as much of my family history as I can find.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was from Salt Lake City and met and married my mother at the beginning of WWII. He was not active, but my mother was always seeking for a spiritual life and took us to whatever church was nearby. When I was 8 years old, the missionaries found our family through my dad's church records. They began teaching us and my mother said that the message of the gospel sounded familiar to her. My father was reactivated, baptized us, and our family began the best journey of our lives. I learned the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ year by year and step by step. I gained my own testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon as a teenager from reading an praying about it to Heavenly Father. It's truths and teachings of Jesus Christ and his atonement for mankind are the anchor of my faith. As I read it and the Bible together, I find daily renewal of the peace of the gospel through all trials and set backs. The fulness of the church established by Christ when he was on the earth, and the priesthood authority to perform all ordinances in his name are found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I spent many years working with the young children, teaching them that God and Jesus Christ love them and that they are his children. Even though I taught children everyday for many years, I enjoyed teaching things of the Spirit each Sunday to the Lord's precious little ones. I now teach in our Women's organization once a month and also serve as a visiting teacher to sisters in our ward. But, mainly I try to give service whenever and wherever I am needed. Families are always in some type of need, and even little things like meals and phone calls can help. I try to pray and study the scriptures each day to stay in tune with the Spirit so that I make good choices as a mother and a friend. Part of being in tune for me is to keep my heart, mind, and body clean from the things of the world that can distract us from what is good. I look for good books to read, clean entertainment, uplifting music, and beauty in nature. I work hard to overcome the urge to argue, gossip, or find fault with others. It isn't always easy, but I am getting better little by little.