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Hi I'm Lara

I live in Salt Lake City Utah. I am a mother of 5. I like to ski, camp, garden, hike, and plan events. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and a busy mother of 5. Some days I spend more time in my car than I do in my house. If I had an unlimited budget, I would travel more often. I enjoy planning and researching a destination as much as I like traveling to that destination. I am in constant wonder of this world and the people that live on it. My winter hobbies include skiing, cooking comforting meals and organizing. My summer hobbies include camping, hiking, gardening, and BBQing with friends and family. My family is my greatest accomplishment. The time I spend with my immediate family and extended family brings me joy. I like the challenge of DIY projects for my home and yard. I think some of my DIY projects are worthy of a reality TV show. Some day I'd like to get my masters degree, the problem is deciding in which field, so many things out there look interesting: Math Education, Epidemiology, Public Health, Finance. I'm a night owl, I think best when the house is quiet and it's dark outside. It's my most productive time of the day. Last year I participated in my first organized race since I was in 9th grade, a triathlon sprint. I loved it. Perhaps I've found a new passion. I admire creative people, I never felt like that was a strength of mine. I can barely draw a stick figure. I would much rather help my children with their math homework than do an art project or write an english paper.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the inner peace I feel as I live the commandments of God. I know that I am on this earth with a purpose. I know that at times this earth life is challenging and painful I have faith in my Savior who came to this earth to suffer the sins and afflictions of all mankind. It is through Him that I can receive peace and forgiveness. It is through Him that I too can be resurrected and receive eternal exaltation. I marvel at the love Jesus has for each of us. I have a desire to serve Him by serving those around me in my family and community. I was born into a faithful Latter-day saint family. My parents taught me about the gospel and instilled in me my faith. However, I have had many personal experience that have affirmed this faith to me. I no longer need to rely on the faith of my parents, I have developed my own through prayer, fasting, and studying the scriptures. I know that Jesus was born to the virgin Mary in the meridian of time, that He established His gospel on the earth, and organized it under the direction of His 12 apostles. I know that after His death and the subsequent deaths of the apostles that the church dwindled and the proper priesthood authority was no longer on this earth. I know that a young boy, Joseph Smith, seeking direction in his life prayed asking for knowledge. What he received was a vision beyond his expectations. He saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He was told that the church of Jesus Christ was no longer on the earth and that he would be the instrument through which it would be restored. It is from this miraculous event that we have on the earth today the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ with all its priesthood authority and ordinances including baptism into His church. Today, just as in Jesus' time, we have 12 apostles that guide our church. We have a prophet who like those of old receive divine revelation. These are things that I know to be true.

How I live my faith

I love serving in my church and community, I do not work outside my home, so I feel this is a way I can contribute. When I was 21 I served an 18 month mission to Italy. It was the first time I had to explain my beliefs to others. It was hard to reach down to my inner most feelings and express them in words. It was amazing how respectful others were when they knew I was sharing something sacred and special with them. Since then I have served in many areas, some more challenging than others. Perhaps the most challenging was when I was asked to play the piano for the choir. I didn't realize that the years of piano lessons would pay off. I've had occasion to feel like my service to others has had a real impact on their lives. When I was involved with the young women I was touched by my position as a "role model". I was flattered when one of these young girls ask me to help her sew a dress for a school dance, even though I had very little sewing training. I have watched these girls grow up to be wonderful mothers and wives. Currently I teach Sunday School to adults. This is challenging. I am not trained to be a teacher, let alone a teacher of scriptures. This has really challenged me mentally and spiritually. But the results of this challenge have been an increased love and understanding of the scriptures. I enjoy the challenge of trying something that I've never done before. It stretches me gives and gives me opportunity to grow. In my community I have served on the board of the Festival of Trees. A committee of 80 women who plan a community wide christmas time fundraising event for Primary Children's Hospital, one of the premier children's hospitals in the west. This board raises over a million dollars each year for the hospital. Currently I am the PTA president at the Elementary School in my neighborhood. With a very involved parent community and over 45 parents on the PTA board, it has become a part-time job. I enjoy the challenge it brings.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The church believes that principles of the gospel can be found in any honest political party or government. It does not dictate how it's members should vote or with whom it's members should affiliate politically. Members of the church are encouraged to be involved in their communities, to be active participants in selecting public officials, and then in supporting those honest men and women who are serving their communities, states, and countries. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a sacred text written by prophets on the ancient American continent beginning in 600 BC with the prophet Lehi. Lehi lived in Jerusalem and was commanded to take his family out of the city before it was destroyed. His family traveled by boat to a new land. In this land Lehi's descents kept a record that documents their struggles and wars, their faith, and ultimately the visitation of Jesus Christ. Most of these records were compiled by the prophet Mormon, hence the name of the "Book of Mormon". Show more Show less