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Hi I'm Laraine Blanch

I was born in Utah to family with pioneer ancestry. I love the religion and state they sacrificed to bring about. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college and taught home economics for 2 years. After the 1st year of teaching, I married my sweetheart in the temple. We were blessed with 4 lovely daughters that are living and a set of triplets, 2 boys and 1 girl that died at or before birth. I was a stay at home mom and tended children for extra money. I did some part time secretarial work, school substitute, school offie/library aide, special needs aide, part time janitorial, delivered flowers and learned to design as a florist, became a teller and learned to be a consumer loan officer prior to my retirement.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptised at 8 years old by my friends father and confirmed by a counselor in the bishopric. Both my Grandmothers were very active and one took me to church every week and one who lived farther away taught me how to pray. I had my first real testimony when as a youth, we attended a missionary lesson teaching about Joseph Smith and his prayer in the sacred grove. As I heard the details of the story how the evil spirit surrounded him and he felt almost to give up and called out to God, struck a true note to me. I had felt that same feeling many times myself and had cried out to God and felt relief. I knew then, as I know now that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I have read and re-read the Book Of Mormon for years and every time I do I learn something new. I also read the Bible and the other scriptures of our faith. The unique thing about the Book Of Mormon to me is the spirit I feel when I read it. It is truly like no other book. I have prayed about it, studied about it, visited the church historic areas and my testimony has just increased with the love I feel from God for the restoration of his church to the earth for us. I mark all the references to deity as I read and it just helps me visualize how the book is another testament of Jesus Christ. I have felt the warmth of the spirit testify that God is our Father and his son Jesus Christ is our brother. As I strive to study and live the commandments, my testimony continues to grow. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a church of truth. My ancestors believed and made major sacrifices to help build the church and settle this land and I am so grateful for all they did that provides me with the blessings I now enjoy.

How I live my faith

I have served in all the church women's organization as president, counselor or teacher. In my first capacity as a counselor, I was in charge of a Bazar to raise money for a new chapel. I learned to quilt and do crafts with the ladies was able to raise a good amount of money. Later we moved and the ward had fund raisers for the ward budget. My husband and I made wooden rocking horses and we enjoyed the auctioning of the handmade items people donated. In a Native American branch where my husband and I served, we started a cub scout troop and enjoyed the activities with the boys and their parents. I served in the PTA as a school, county and regional representative. When I was working at a credit union, I helped with "Warm The Souls" where members would donate money and the credit union could buy shoes (employees donated socks) for schools in the area. We wrapped the shoes and had a party with pizza and cookies and handed out the shoes to the children.