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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a Mormon. I'm a mom to five kids, I live in Arizona and have Addison's disease.

About Me

I love to do anything physical. I especially love to run and hike. I have 5 children and some of the best times we've shared as a family have been snowboarding or scuba diving or simply playing a game of knock-out on the basketball court. My children and my husband are my best friends and we love to spend time together. I graduated with honors from college with a teaching degree, and as much as I loved my chosen profession, I decided to stay home and raise our children. It has been the one of the best decisions of my life. At that time, my husband was just begining his medical residency and it meant living on a very low economic level, but as the years have progressed, I have found that the closeness we feel for each other could never be replaced by material wealth or things. I remember the first Christmas we had for our oldest daughter when she was almost one years old, we could only afford to buy her one fuzzy slipper that had the head of a kitten on it from a second hand store and I sewed her a doll out of one of my old dresses. My friends from college who were successful teachers with jobs thought I was crazy and that I had wasted my education, but being home with my children has taught me more than all my education classes, and I have treasured every minute spent with my children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons. The biggest is that I have prayed about the truthfulness of the church and recieved a confirmation in my heart and mind that it is the true gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth today. It's a good, peaceful feeling that I continue to get as I attend church and try to live the commandments. When I read about all the unrest and violence that fills our world, I begin to worry about the future and the safety of my family. But when I pray to my Heavenly Father I am filled with peace. I know that there is a God that loves me. I have studied the Bible and the teachings of Christ a great deal, and it feels right to have a church that is led by a prophet and apostles called from God. When I listen to their words, I can feel the truthfulness of what they say. Finally, I love being a Mormon because I can be sealed for time and all eternity to my husband and my children. That means we will be together as a family even after this life. Nothing else in this world is as valuable to me as that.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to make a difference in this world. After my 4th child was born I became ill, and after months of misdiagnosis I ended up in a coma. Thankfully I was diagnoses with Addison's disease which is not easy to live with, but treatable. This experience changed me as I realized how short our lives can be, and how I needed to focus on making the world around me a better place right now. I volunteer as much as I can, including teaching an early-morning religion class to high school age students every morning for an hour. As hard as it is with my health to get up early every morning, I have taught this class for more than 21 years now. I also lead singing time for the little children in church every Sunday and up until about a year ago I provided a free excercise class for moms every week in the Church's gym. In general I try to be more patient and friendly to everyone around me - grocery clerks, drivers, little children- and take the time to notice the good things about people instead of focusing on the negative. When there are times my health prevents me from doing all I want to, I remind myself how great it is just to be here, and I am happy and grateful to my Heavenly Father for allowing me to experience hardships and joys.