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Hi I'm Laurel

I've lived most of my life in Salt Lake City, Utah. I'm a wife and a mother. I sang with the Tabernacle Choir for fifteen years.

About Me

I always wanted to become a school teacher. Growing up, I loved playing school with my sisters and neighborhood friends. I graduated from college with a Bachelor's Degree in elementary education. I only taught for 1.5 years but the experience and knowledge I gained has been very helpful in working with my children and others in a variety of capacities. I was blessed with two children, a boy and a girl after much prayer and waiting. I volunteered in their school through PTA, by teaching singing and writing programs for them to perform. Parenting ended up being a great challenge. My son got involved with drugs and alcohol as a teenager resulting from an un-diagnosed mental illness. We raised his son for twenty-two years when he and his wife were unable to do so. This grandson also has severe challenges. I have learned much about the darker side of life from these experiences. But balanced out, life has been enjoyable.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ has given me a purpose for living. I know why I'm here on earth and what awaits me when my life here has ended. The Church has given me a multitude of opportunities which have given me valuable life experience and chances to feel closer to God. It has given me opportunities to expand and use my talents in a variety of meaningful ways. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon--scripture that tells me clearly what God expects of me. It is a blessing to know that I am a child of God and that He is intimately aware of my life and what I need to succeed. It is a blessing to be guided by the Holy Spirit to help me make wise choices and know what God would have me do. It is a blessing to know that my family can be together forever if we obey God's laws. It is a blessing to know a prophet of God who gives insight and direction through these chaotic times. I am grateful for Joseph Smith who restored this Church to the earth. I am grateful for ancestors who recognized the truth and sacrificed all they had to establish the restored Church of Jesus Christ upon the earth. I am grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

My claim to fame as a youngster was that I was baptized a Mormon in a Baptist church. Our branch didn't have a baptismal font so we rented one in a Baptist church. Both churches believed in baptism by immersion, but mine was done with the power of the Priesthood. I grew up learning gospel lessons from my parents and Church leaders. I participated in fun Church activities, such as drama, music, sports and camp. Keeping the commandments became a way of life for me. As an adult, Church callings have also been the main focus of my life. I have worked in all of the Church auxiliaries, teaching lessons of faith to the youth of Zion and to their parents. For a time, I wrote a monthly page for a Church-wide children's magazine; I wrote children's gospel lesson manuals; I trained auxiliary leaders. I led a women's organization and was responsible for their physical, emotional and spiritual welfare. These responsibilities have been challenging, yet have given me valuable experience and growth. I sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for almost fifteen years. When I joined, I was the youngest woman in the choir. When I retired, after a hiatus of many years, I was the oldest woman in the choir. Singing with this choir was a choice experience in my life. It was a delight to help audiences feel the Spirit of God through music.