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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a five generation Mormon. I went to a high school of nearly 500 students that had under ten students who were not Mormons.

About Me

Education has always been important to me, and as a child, I dreamed of being a school teacher. Being the oldest of seven children, I would play "school" with my younger brothers and sisters whenever they would allow me. In order to accomplish this goal, I attended college and received a Masters Degree in Business Education. I didn't immediately teach in a school setting, but first fulfilled my wish by becoming a "teacher" to seven of my own children, helping out with homework assignments and projects after they came home from school each day. Later, when our youngest started school, I began teaching in the secondary education field where I taught for 26 years. Although I have retired from the teaching profession, I have never stopped wanting to learn. My husband and I LOVE to travel and have been to every U.S. state, except two, and have traveled to many countries of the world. I love to share experiences and what I've learned in a family blog that perhaps will be interesting and informative to not only my own children, but also, my grandchildren and others who care to read it. You can't take the teaching out of a teacher!

Why I am a Mormon

As I have stated, I am a fifth generation Mormon. I grew up in a community where only about 10 students in my entire high school of nearly 500 students were not Mormons. Therefore, I hadn't had much opportunity to learn about other peoples and faiths. However, after my husband (who is, also, Mormon) and I married, we have lived in various cities across the country where our faith was in the minority. It was then that I met wonderful people who became like family that had so many of the same goals and desires as I did--to be a good Christian person, to be a great wife and mother, and to have happiness in life. It was then that I realized I couldn't rely on the testimony of my own parents, relatives, or friends that I grew up with. I had to have my own testimony in order to let others know what did bring me the most happiness in my life! The gospel of Jesus Christ and the Priesthood as restored in these the Latter days, with a living prophet on the earth today are found in the Mormon Church. That is why I want to shout from the mountain tops my great love for this knowledge. I couldn't have raised my children without knowing these truths. Mormonism has provided me with the knowledge that by living a life as outlined by the Savior, by making covenants, and by enduring to the end, I can live eternity with my family and my happiness can continue even after I leave this world. There are so many answers to questions that are answered through the knowledge I have learned by being a Mormon. I'm so thankful for this great blessing.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life, I have tried to be a good example of how the Savior would have me live. Although I sometimes fall short, I feel being an oldest child of seven, being the mother of seven children, being a school teacher, living in communities after I was married where being a Mormon was certainly the minority, and now having 27 grandchildren who are at impressionable ages, I have always tried to live what is truly inside my heart--that I love the Savior and don't want to disappoint him or all of those people who are constantly watching what I do and say. When our children were young, my husband and I volunteered for many service projects in the community and in our church so that our children could learn the joy of service and love for their fellowmen. I learned this through my growing up years when I was younger, and I knew what an influence it had on me. My father was involved in politics from the day he graduated from law school. I was five years old at the time. I realized how important it was for people to be active in their community and in helping to shape the laws that would affect a family and make life more enjoyable for everyone. Therefore, I have tried to always learn about what is happening in a community, the state, and the nation, in order to do what I can to make a difference. Finally, all five of our sons, as well as our two sons-in-law, have served two year missions for our church, as did my husband, and currently we have six grandsons who have served or are serving missions. Now that my husband and I have both retired, we want to continue to show our faith, our desire to serve, and our love for all the Savior has done for us by serving a mission together, too. We are so excited for this opportunity!