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Hi I'm Laynie

I grew up in St. Louis Missouri. I am a mother, wife, homemaker and a I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love to have the whole family over for the Holidays. I like to garden, read, cook, sew, and to do community service. I have had several years of college. I am a mother, wife, homemaker, and grandmother.

Why I am a Mormon

He answered me! He answered my Prayer. Since college I was searching for something. In my college painting class I painted a self portrait with a puzzle piece shaped hole in my face. Marriage was nice; children were amazing special little things. What was I still searching for? I decided to do an experiment. When I was very small my parents attended one church. We switched to another for a little while. I had attended another church a few times as a teen. I really liked the preacher. But I wasn’t living there anymore. And there was the preacher from the other church who married us. I liked him. But he was in a different state. Now I live here. I had to start somewhere, so I went to the church closest to me. It wasn’t very welcoming. The next one scared me! I tried to figure out how I would know when I found truth. Could God show me? I spoke my thoughts. How would I experience the answer? I went to the local thrift store and bought a Bible. The dictionary/topical guide lead me to verses with the words Holy Ghost. I asked people in my life if they knew what the Holy Ghost was. They were kind, but their answers didn’t help. This is how He answered me. Each day I would see the same couple over and over again. After stopping to talk I felt compelled to invite them in for a meal. Another night we sat playing cards. The man shared the story of a 14 year old boy. This boy was picked, by God, to be a Prophet. The first thought I had was - of course. God would pick His prophet as a boy. We adults get too stuck in our ways; thoughts polluted by our self image, our work, and the stories in our heads. He would have to be young. This made sense. Then, suddenly, I knew it was true. I felt the Holy Ghost, so strongly, so gently, so sweetly that I knew. I knew Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, and the Holy Ghost confirmed it was true.

How I live my faith

I currently serve my ward by teaching the children that are three years old turning 4 this year. We call them Sunbeams. They are such precious little souls. They remind me of when Christ said we should "be like a little child". I occasionally teach gardening classes. I have worked on several community service projects. I have worked at our local food bank. I have filled "victory boxes" for soldiers to give to the locals where they are stationed (Iran etc.). I am currently beginning a new project called "Dress a Girl Around the World". I plan to sew dresses for the underprivileged girls in the world. I have created special events for the children in our ward. One was a carnival day. In another ward I spent several years as the children's Sunday School Song Leader. I really loved that calling. Many times I have brought food to a family in the ward who were experiencing illness or hardship. Church makes me feel needed.