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Hi I'm Laurie Vaughan

I was raised by a Catholic Father and a Christian Scientist Mother; became a Born Again Christian; and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I’m from Colorado, but after living in Alabama for 20+ years I can almost consider myself a “G.R.I.T.S.”, a Girl Raised In The South! My background is in Elementary Education; Education for the Hearing Impaired; and as a Licensed Practical Nurse. After working in these fields before marriage, I was blessed to be a stay-at-home Mom and use my education in raising our children. My greatest joy comes from time spent with my terrific husband, our 4 great children, and 5 cherished grand-children. This season of my life includes travel; quilting; journals & family history; reading to the grand-kids over Skype; and serving others. My life is full and I absolutely love it! As a child I was raised in a Catholic family where my Dad took us to church each Sunday. Despite my Mothers’ Christian Scientist upbringing, she supported my Dad in his beliefs and helped us study our Catechism lessons each week. At 16 I realized something was missing in my life and felt my prayers went no higher than the ceiling. I began searching for truth in a very confusing world to fill the void in my heart. After years of investigating many churches I became a Born Again Christian and developed my relationship with the Lord through prayer and daily Bible study. I became a happier person and knew God had a plan for my life. However at that time, I had no idea how fantastic His plan is and how it provides for every one of His precious children-until I was led to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 21 years old, my brother and his wife were living in Germany where they were baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All my friends said they had joined a church that didn’t believe in Christ. This seemed strange to me because of the church’s name and I knew they would never join a church that didn’t follow Christ. In the 1970’s it was very expensive to call overseas so I couldn’t talk to my brother. One day missionaries from the LDS Church knocked on my door and I decided to ask them what my brother believed. Soon I too was baptized. They taught me Heavenly Father’s beautiful Plan of Happiness & Salvation. I learned, through fasting and prayer, that it is the most important message anyone could ever share with me. God desires with all His heart to give each of His beloved children the opportunity to come back into His presence. He knows each one of us personally; loves us with an unconditional, hard to fathom love; and knows what we each need to have lives full of joy and peace. The Bible & The Book of Mormon are God's specific words to us in these latter days. Together they witness that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God and the only way back to our Father in Heaven. He is the light beckoning us to follow Him out of the darkness, fear, and turmoil of this world into the warmth and comfort of His arms. He encircles us with the arms of His love and guides us each step of the way. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His restored gospel here on earth. Each person can pray to know the truth, like I did. (Moroni 10:3-5) I promise He hears and will answer if you are humble, truly desire to know truth, and are willing to follow whatever His answer is to you. I know because I receive answers to my prayers. The best decision I ever made was to join His church 41 years ago, for it opened my eyes to an eternal perspective on life, helping me to understand who I am, why I am here, and where I am going.

How I live my faith

As a follower of Jesus Christ I am committed to showing my love for God and my fellowman through those things I do and say every day. (Matt.22: 37-39) “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind… love thy neighbor as thyself.” These are the two great priorities in my life. I believe in being a true friend and using my God-given talents to uplift and help others in any way I can from a smile and kind word given; to taking meals to someone who is ill; to lending a listening ear; to remembering someone’s birthday; to providing transportation for those who can’t drive; to sending cards of encouragement to those struggling through physical, emotional, or spiritual trials. Within the community I have had the opportunity to help at soup kitchens; read to children and do one-on-one tutoring; collect food for the food bank; sew dresses for preemies; make blankets for a woman’s shelter; visit shut-ins; and donate blood, among other things. The women’s organization within our Church also gives me many opportunities to be of service to others, both those who are members of our congregation and those who are not. There are just so many ways we can each do our part to make this world a better place. It is such a great privilege to serve others!