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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a stay-at-home mom seeking a nursing degree. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mom of four amazing children. I was married for nine years and struggled with infertility before having twins. Another four years and two miscarriages later brought another baby. Followed by my last little angel less than two years after that. I am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to return to school to complete a degree in nursing. In the meantime, I work from home part-time while juggling our full-time household responsibilities. In the spare time I manage to steal, I enjoy running (2 half-marathons under my belt), reading (I typically can only read one sentence/page/chapter at a time), blogging (basically my on-line scrapbook/journal), and crafting (whatever strikes my fancy).

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert. As a kid, my family lived across the street from a family that belonged to the Mormon Church. I remember being invited to activities at the church and family game nights in their home. Once I moved away, I lost contact with that sweet family. In high school, a mutual friend introduced me to my future husband. He happened to be a Mormon. He lived his beliefs and he wasn't afraid to share them with me. His family welcomed me into their home and included me in all the activities they participated in. After a couple years and two different sets of missionaries teaching me about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, I decided to be baptized. I had been raised in a Christian home, but becoming a Mormon was the answer to a question I didn't even know I was asking. For several years I never thought I would have the opportunity to be mother. It was really hard since that was the greatest desire of my heart. My husband and I quickly realized that we needed to turn our lives over to the Lord and trust in His plan for us. After much prayer, we received a comforting peace that whatever the future held for us, we would find joy in it. If we were supposed to be the greatest aunt and uncle in the world or phenomenal youth leaders at church, or whatever, than that's what we were prepared to be. It's amazing how quickly the Lord worked miracles in our lives once we submitted it to him. I know that my Heavenly Father is mindful of my individual circumstances and is willing to offer the assistance I need to traverse the sometimes rocky waters of life if I will simply ask. I love Jesus Christ and His willingness to suffer and die for my sins so that I can return to life with Him in our Father's kingdom. I am grateful that the heavens are not closed and a prophet still receives revelation from God.

How I live my faith

I strive to teach my children daily the importance of following the example of our Savior to "love our neighbors." We pray and read the scriptures together. I visit with other women every week who have children the same age as mine. We are able lift one another up and learn from our experiences. I help organize and put on a week long summer retreat in the mountains for the young women in my area. We provide these teenage girls the opportunity to draw closer to Jesus Christ through activities, singing, and nature.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

An emergency isn't always a natural disaster. Because of the teachings to be prepared, my family was able to use the extra food and money we had set aside when my husband unexpectedly lost his job. We did not have to rely on anybody else to be able to have our needs met. Show more Show less