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Hi I'm Laura

I grew up in Missouri. I am the step-mother of 6 beautiful children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

If you had told me 30 years ago that I would have taken on the role of stepmother to 6 children, I would have told you "no way." But when hypothetical questions are posed, you don't have the benefit of real emotion to help make choices. When falling in love with a man who is the father of 6 children, you love the whole package. Especially when that man is ALL about the children! When I got married, I had a career. I decided to leave the workforce when the youngest child graduated from high school. Being a stay-at-home "mom" was a new adventure and one I really liked! After my husband retired, we set about being "busy." We did serve a mission at the Mesa Regional Family History Center and continue to work diligently in our church callings. Some of my favorite things to do are improvement projects on the house, scrapbooking, cooking, playing with grandchildren and traveling to see grandchildren who live out of state.

Why I am a Mormon

When my husband and I married, I was not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and the children were and they attended faithfully. When the younger children had special parts at church, I attended. Holidays - I attended. Although I was a Catholic at the time we married, I found it hard to find a church near our home that felt right for me. After my mother passed away, I felt more and more that I needed to be in church regularly and needed to be taking the Sacrament. My mother was not a Mormon, but she was a faithful Christian woman and when I went to church I felt close to her. I started attending church with my husband and children every Sunday. It wasn't long before I was baptized! All those years of ironing little white shirts so the boys could pass the sacrament and now I was a member and could fully partake of the sacrament! What made me finally decide to be baptized? I knew in my heart that this is what Heavenly Father wanted. Reading the scriptures - the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price - brought me to that feeling. Living with a loving man who was told by a loving Bishop to have patience, that the day would come, brought me to that feeling. Having a son who completed a mission, one preparing to go on a mission, and the youngest working to save for a mission brought me to that feeling. Having members of the Church who were neighbors and friends and who loved me regardless of my religious affiliation brought me to that feeling. But most importantly was having an open mind and open heart to hear the words of a loving Heavenly Father, whether they were printed on a page or spoken by family and friends. I am a Mormon because I listened with my heart to the promptings of the Holy Spirit!

How I live my faith

Currently I am working with the children's organization of our church by being a resource to the leaders. I love what I am doing and hope that I am doing all that needs to be done. But living my faith is so much more than that. When I am asked to fill in teaching children, or to take a meal in, or help someone in need, I do my best to fulfill that assignment. By doing what is asked of me, I live my faith. When prayfully considering the places where I can be an influence for good, I act to the best of my ability on those promptings. By letting the Holy Spirit guide me, I live my faith. When I have been less than kind or have not helped someone in need, I feel great sorrow and try hard to avoid that behavior in the future. By repenting of shortcomings, I live my faith. When I pray with much thankfulness to our Heavenly Father for all that which he has blessed me and for the greatest gift of all, the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, I am humbled. By praying with a grateful heart, I live my faith. Each day I hope that the choices I make allow me to live my faith.