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Hi I'm LaRae

I'm a farm girl, a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. I raise a garden and cook for family, farm help. and friends.

About Me

I grew up in a home with parents who worked hard and loved Heavenly Father and the Savior, Jesus Christ, their family and friends. We had frequent gatherings with cousins, aunts and uncles on both sides of our family, and friends from our ward and community. I always felt loved and secure. My husband and I have tried to stay close to our families and make sure our children know them and our friends in the community and school. We've enjoyed annual family reunions and monthly family home evenings with extended family. I always loved going to church and serving in various callings. I worked with the scouts and cub scouts for many years and loved watching them learn and mature. When I worked in primary it was with young people under the age twelve. That was also rewarding. Spending time with the twelve to eighteen year old young women was a new experience that I enjoyed for a few years and I always enjoyed participating in Relief Society, our women's service organization. Living on the farm has made it possible for us to work together as a family and brought us close to those who we've worked with. Working on the farm has been excellent training for us and our children as we've had to learn to accomplish the task at hand in a timely manner. I also love music...singing alone or with a group, playing the piano or helping others learn. I am touched as I listen to the sweet voices of the children around me.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors were converted in the early days of the church. They loved the gospel and sacrificed comforts and conveniences to join with the members of the church and come out West. I've been able to read their histories and learn of their strong commitment to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of them gave up large inheritances and the love and support of their family to join the church. My parents and grandparents were dedicated members who loved and lived the gospel. Dad told us of a time when his father went to the bank to borrow money so he could pay his tithing, ten percent of what he made, to the church. The banker told him he hadn't made enough money to pay tithing. Grandpa said that his family had food and clothing enough through the year and he insisted he needed to pay his tithing. He had good credit and was given the loan. I have heard and read many, many histories of the faith of my ancestors. As I attend church each week I've been taught the lessons from the Old and New Testaments, Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price, also lessons taught by our latter day prophets. I've felt a burning in my heart as I learned. My testimony is strengthened as I understand how the records from each book fit together. What a blessing for us to have access to these records kept by those who have come before us. There was a time I was asking myself if the church was really true. I went to a quiet place and plead with Heavenly Father to let me know. I waited awhile and then went on with my routine. Sometime later I read the scripture from Doctrine and Covenants 6:22-23, "cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concrning the truth of these things. Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?" I knew my prayer had been answered for I hadn't been concerned since then whether the church was true. I know that it is.

How I live my faith

I attend my church meetings every week. I love how I feel when I'm there and always feel like I'm a little better person than I was before I attended. While our children were growing up we had family scripture reading almost every morning. We also enjoyed reading histories of our ancestors. We try to have family prayers every day and almost always have a blessing on our food. I've tried hard to make sure that there is a spirit of peace and happiness in our home. It isn't always easy but I have learned that if I can be pleasant and look for the good in those around us life is a rewarding experience. I enjoy having uplifting music to listen to and sing along with. In Relief Society, the women's organization of our church, we often make quilts for those in need. This is an activity that I've really enjoyed over the years. We get together and visit with others for an hour or two while we work on these quilts. One year it was organized to have a community quilting party. Many people from the community gathered in the park to make quilts. What a good time that was! When our older children were in high school we had two exchange students from Japan. Later we had three children at different times from Mexico stay with us for a school year or more. We have had other friends stay for awhile and now have kind of adopted a couple girls and their dad who live in our community. These people are like family to us and are a big part of our lives. They've expanded our horizons and helped us learn how other countries and families live. I'm learning how to do family history and enjoy studying our heritage and trying to find my ancestors. I've also enjoyed indexing, typing copied records so they can be put on new.familysearch.org where anyone can access them for free. It's amazing to me that people have been inspired to keep these records over the years and now we are gaining access to them.