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Hi I'm Laurel

I grew up in Western USA. I am a retired Engineer, a recent widow, a mother, a grandmother, & a great-grandmother. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 81 years old and am a convert to the church. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 27 years old. My oldest child (my son) 8 years old and we were baptized at the same time. I was a divorced woman with three children when I was baptized. I was married to my second husband in 1975 and we were married for almost 40 years. He passed away last December. He was 94 years old when he died. We were married in the Los Angeles Temple in 1975. My three children were all sealed to him which added to my joy. I miss him so much but I know I will have the opportunity to continue our life together and that gives me great solace and hope. I worked for a Telephone Company for many years and retired as an Engineer. I love family history and my husband and I worked in the San Diego Temple for 15 years. I enjoy reading, sewing, digital scrapbooking, and activities with my family. I have three children of my own and two step daughters. My husband and I have 22 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren with one more due next spring. We try to have a family reunion every other year and as the family grows it becomes even more delightful enjoy those times together.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that God lives and that His Son came to this earth to live and to set an example so each of us know how to live our lives with love and service as He did. I know that Jesus willingly suffered and sacrificed His life to atone for sins that we commit. I know that the gospel was taken from the earth after Jesus and the original apostles were killed and that the people of the earth suffered through many hundreds of years in a state of apostasy, I have gained a personal testimony that Joseph Smith truly saw the Father and the Son and that he was given instructions from them and from other Beings about how to restore the original gospel in these later days. I know he translated the Book of Mormon with inspiration from Heavenly Father. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and have prayed about it and I know it is true. I know it is a second witness of Jesus Christ along with the Bible. I am eternally grateful to have the privilege of learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ while I am living on the earth and I pray that I will someday be able to serve him in the next life. I love the wonderful Plan of Salvation that has been given to us by a loving Father in Heaven, I am looking forward to being reunited with my family when I leave this earthly life. That knowledge fills my heart with such joy it is hard to contain it.

How I live my faith

Curgently I am serving a WAS (Woman's Auxiliary Specialist) mission in Burlington, Kansas. In the past I have worked as a teacher in several church organizations and in the leadership of those organization and in other capacities. My husband and I had the privilege of serving as ordinance workers in the San Diego LDS Temple for many years. I have enjoyed every job where I have had the privilege of serving in the church and have gained so much from each of them. I am so grateful to belong to a church that fills my soul with such joy and that provides so many opportunities to learn and grow. I try to be loving and kind to others and to serve wherever I see a need. I love the fact that wherever I go in the world the gospel is alive and well and there are people there who I immediately recognize as friends with the same values I have.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The family is central to God’s plan for His children. It is also the central unit of society and the means for bringing children into the world where they can be loved, provided for, and taught truth and righteousness (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”). Being part of a family gives us opportunities to learn to love, serve, teach, and learn from each other. It is where we share our joys, our sorrows, our opportunities, our challenges and it is where we learn to use our agency in ways that help us become better people. We can not necessarily choose the conditions that are born into but even then, by exercising our agency, we can choose to make our future family one that is in harmony with God's Plan of Salvation. Show more Show less