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Hi I'm Launa

I'm a mother of 7, an interpreter for the deaf, a master gardener, have a degree in computer science, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have 7 children and so far 4 grandchildren and I love learning! I love to research information so that I can understand the hows and whys of numerous topics. I have an associates degree in computer science, but thanks to the internet and other opportunities I have broadened my scope of knowledge and skills to include piano, sewing, crochet, knitting, gardening, etc. I love learning about health and nutrition. I love learning about plants, how they grow, how they are propagated and how to make my garden not only produce wonderful food, but to make the garden beautiful and interesting by inclusion of variety in color and texture of plants.

Why I am a Mormon

Sometimes people think that my testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was handed to me on a silver platter because I was born into a Mormon family, but that is not the case. I was raised by loving parents and have wonderful siblings, but I had to learn for myself what I believe. Like everyone else I could not be baptized until I reached the age of eight and since my family is very actively involved in the Church it is only natural that I would be baptized. Just before I turned eight a man from Church challenged me to read the Book of Mormon so that I could learn for myself whether it was true or not. Being so young, the challenge seemed quite daunting and I tried to rationalize that I didn't need to. I remember going to my room and pondering on what he said. I thought to myself that I knew that my Mom knew it was true and that the prophet of the Church knew that it was true and I said in my mind that surely that is good enough. Those thoughts were immediately followed with knowing that I really did need to know for myself and not just take someone's word for it. So, I accepted the challenge and started to read the Book of Mormon for the first time. I don't remember how long it took and I will confess that I skipped much of the book of Alma because it was so long, and I know that I didn't understand much of what I read, but I will never forget the warm and peaceful feeling that I had when I prayed to Heavenly Father to ask him if it was true. I don't know why I thought I had to wait until I had finished reading it to pray about it, because I have read it many times since and I read from it everyday, and I get that same feeling every time I read from it. I know for myself that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided me with so many opportunities for my own personal growth and development. It brings such joy to my life.

How I live my faith

I have worked with Boy Scouts of America for 20+ years as a Den Leader, Cubmaster, District Commissioner, and in many other capacities in between. I have enjoyed working with many people of different faiths as I have attended trainings such as Woodbadge, Scout commissioner colleges, etc., and have worked with them as I have in turn served as the trainer and facilitator. Of all the things that I have learned in Scouting, the thing that I have cherished the most is the friendships that have been established with people with diverse backgrounds and different faiths as we discover how similar we are. As a Master Gardener I have enjoyed many opportunities to work with many people in the community helping them with questions, concerns, and ideas they have with their gardens. It's fun to see the lights come on in the eyes of people that I help, but I think it is especially fun to watch the eyes of the children light up when they learn about gardening and thrill at the prospect that they might even have their own little garden to plant and take care of themselves. I have served in leadership positions in church for women, for youth, and for small children. I have taught many classes for adults, youth, and children and have planned activities for them too, both large groups and small groups. I currently serve in a leadership position that oversees the young children from multiple congregations. We plan activities that bring the children from those congregations together occasionally, and assist their leaders as needed. I enjoy traveling to visit them when I have those opportunities.