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Hi I'm Laraine Chamberlain

I'm a mother of six, a grandmother of 11, soon to be a Public Affairs missionary in Hong Kong with my spouse, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of six children. I chose to be a fulltime mother while I was raising my children. I loved doing all those tasks that are required in raising a large family. I learned that with being organized I could also find time to do some things I wanted to do to continue to grow. I love playing racquetball and I enjoyed playing in tournaments. I served in my community volunteering with a youth detention center; teaching life skills and providing treats for the youth there. I also served on the Board of National Mothers for eight years. I had the privilege of working with young mothers and mentoring them in many aspects of their lives. I always took my children along with me whenever it was possible so they could learn the power of service. Because of experiences in my life, I became interested in the world of emotional healing. I am certified in a program called Creative Journal Expressive Arts (CJEA.) I currently enjoy working with individuals that have struggled with their past experiences and need help healing and letting go especially with abuse. I have created and facilitated women's and couple retreats throughout the country. Now I am looking forward to serving a mission with my husband in Hong Kong. I have been with my sweet companion for 38 years. My eternal marriage has been the greatest blessing in my life. I hear often that marriage is hard but I believe when you are married to your best friend, marriage is easy; it is life that is hard.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in a Mormon family and when I was young our family was not very active in the church. In the summertime we spent the weekends fishing and camping. I went to Seminary in 9th grade and the topic was the Book of Mormon. That class changed the direction of my life. My teacher, David Brandt, encouraged us to gain a testimony for ourselves. I prayed and asked Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was true. I felt this warm feeling envelop me and my heart became full as I felt the answer was yes. I decided then if the Book of Mormon is true then Joseph Smith was a prophet and he translated the book with the help of God. And if that is true then the church is true. It was then I made the decision that I wanted to be in church on Sundays and live the gospel as I was learning it at church. As an adult I have used the Book of Mormon to get me through hard times. There is power in that book and reading it every day gives me a connection to the Lord. I find clarity in my life and peace in troubled times. I know that I have a Heavenly Father and Mother that love me and care about me. I know that Jesus Christ is my elder brother and his suffering in my behalf allows me to heal from the traumas I have experienced in my life.

How I live my faith

My faith and membership in the church is my life. I have worked with the youth for many years in various ways, from playing sports, teaching lessons, doing various activities with them. My life's focus has been on being a full time mother and serving in the gospel in various positions .I live my faith every day of my life, not just on Sunday. I make it a focus each day to find a way to bless the lives of others.