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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a musician, love to laugh, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm Laura, and I'm a Mormon! I'm a convert to the Church. I'm currently going to college for Music Education. I also enjoy working with animal rescues. This Gospel has changed and made my life so much happier than I ever could've imagined. It has brought me closer to my family, and increased my love and appreciation for my Savior Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. I cannot imagine my life any other way now, and hope to bring this same hope, happiness, and peace to my friends, family, and others.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church on June 20, 2009. How I came to be a member of His Church is fairly unusual, but becoming more common in society today - through facebook. After going through a horrific car crash with my grandma, I decided that I needed to more closely investigate my spiritual life. I then started to learn more about the Church through various means, but I didn't make the move to contact the missionaries until April of 2009. I had remembered seeing a girl with a small group of seniors from her high school in the newspaper speaking about their senior projects, and hers was for a service project through her church - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I found that same article, looked up her name on facebook, and found her. I sent Natalie a message saying who I was and why I was contacting her, and within the week, she put me into contact with her mother, who got me to Church. The Monday after the first time I attended Church, I began the discussions with the missionaries, hosted at the home of Natalie's parents. Then, on my 3rd lesson, I committed to being baptized. The day after I was baptized, Natalie's father confirmed me a member of the Church. I know without a doubt that this is, indeed, the true church of Jesus Christ. He brought forth the Restoration of the Gospel through the modern-day prophet, Joseph Smith, including the translation of the Book of Mormon. Reading the Book of Mormon and learning more about the will of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, and of their love for all of us, fills my heart with an immense amount of joy and happiness. I know that if you pray with a sincere heart and true intent, that through the Holy Ghost the truth of the Book of Mormon will be made unto you, just as I prayed to know the truth and still do.

How I live my faith

In my ward, I currently hold two callings, which I absolutely love. I am the nursery leader and I also work with other young single adult members ages 18-30. With them, I help to organize various activities and events for us to have fun with. I'm also the Class President of a church education class that meets once a week during the evening.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Laura
When members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attend church, we have our Sacrament meeting where we renew our baptismal covenants, Sunday School, and other organizational meetings, which altogether comprise a 3-hour block. However, when we worship in the temple, things are a little different. Only Church members who are worthy, in good-standing within the Church, and hold a current temple recommend may go to the temple. We want everyone to be able to come to the temple, as long as they have repented of their sins and are found prepared to go. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Laura
The Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You most likely know one - maybe a neighbor, family member, or work acquaintance. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Laura
Yes! Husbands and wives can be together forever! Families will also live together in heaven for all eternity. What a joyful knowledge and assurity this is! Husbands and wives can be sealed together for time and all eternity in the temple, as well as have their children sealed to them, hereby creating a eternal marraige and family that will last beyond death, and into heaven, as long as they all strive to keep the commandments of God and live rightously. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Laura
The current Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is President Thomas S. Monson. His counselors are President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Laura
No we don't! Members of the Church recognize him as a Prophet, but we do not worship him. We worship Jesus Christ and God the Eternal Father. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Laura
Contact your local missionaries, or enlist the assistance of a friend, family member, or acquaintance who is a member of the Church in contacting the missionaries. You will meet with the missionaries for a series of discussion, repent of any sin that may have been committed, and be interviewed. After you are interviewed, you can be baptized! When you are baptized, you will be confirmed a member of the Church by the laying on of hands for a blessing and to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost! Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Laura
It is a great blessing to be able to give to the Lord's church by paying tithing. The funds from tithes given by members of the church are used to accomplish many things and continue the work of church programs. Some such examples are: education, church education materials for classes and such, and building temples. Some tithing also goes towards the vast humanitarian work that the Church participates in and leads. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Laura
The temples of the Church are places of heaven on earth where ordinances bring together and connect families throughout time and the eternities to come. We are taught of the Savior's love, the Plan of Salvation, and how to return to the presence of Heavenly Father after this life. Everyone is welcome to visit temple grounds and visitor centers at any time, and also attend open houses prior to a temple's dedication. Afterwards, only church members who have been baptized and have been interviewed by leaders to be qualified and prepared to go may enter any dedicated temple in the world. We wish for everyone to experience the joy found in the temple if they but first make the commitment to the Savior and His teachings of the Restored Gospel and His commandments. In the temple, we can participate in work such as those that will bind families for eternity and provide sacred ordinances for those who have passed on without having the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ, such as baptism. We learn of the Father's will for us and what we need to do in order to return to live with Him again one day. Show more Show less