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Hi I'm Laurie

I am a mom, a friend, a volunteer, a blogger, a pianist, a crying mess during sad movies, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 26, 24, 19, and 15. I love reading good books, spending time with friends and family, blogging, playing the piano, and working on family history. My third son is currently serving as a volunteer in the Russia Novosibirsk mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but when I reached young adulthood, I wasn't sure if it was for me. I stopped going to church regularly, got a job, got married, and moved out of my parent's home. When I was pregnant with my first child, I realized I was not happy. Everything was good. My husband and I were in love, we were excited for the birth of our first child, and all seemed well. But still, deep down, I was unhappy. I realized that I was missing something. It was the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I started going to church and reading my scriptures, I found joy in my life again. A deep abiding joy that cannot be shaken when things are difficult. As I've moved to different places around the USA, I was pleased to find that the gospel did not change based on who was teaching. My faith in Jesus Christ has grown, and I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that our Heavenly Father is real. I know that He loves me and knows me as an individual. He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for the sins of the world so all His children have the opportunity to live with Him again. I know that God has a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. I know that the heavens are open and that each individual can have a relationship with Heavenly Father if they choose to seek it, for God answers prayers. I know that the scriptures are the word of God, and if we live according to the precepts taught in the scriptures, we will gain happiness is this life as well as in the eternities. I know that families were divinely created and are eternal. I know that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. Families are divinely instituted for our happiness in this life and the next.

How I live my faith

In my community, I enjoy volunteering for non-profit organizations. In my local congregation, I currently serve as a counselor in the stake Relief Society. I have the privilege of serving the women ages 18 years and older. Previously, I've served as a nursery leader, a counselor in the Young Women'S organization, a Relief Society President, a Primary President, Sunday School teacher, Pianist, and in many other "callings" (jobs).

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is a code of health with spiritual and physical benefits. One who lives the Word of Wisdom does not use alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco, or illegal drugs. He or she also eats healthy foods such as whole grains, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and meat (sparingly). The Lord promises those who live the Word of Wisdom that they will "shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ is the son of God. He lives today. Through His atonement, we can receive a remission of our sins, and can return to live with our Heavenly Father again. Without the Savior, Jesus Christ, and a testimony of Him, we cannot return to live with our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward or branch is a congregation that is defined by where one lives. A stake is a collection of wards (or congregations). Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not endorse any political party. Although, on occasion, the Church will take a stand on issues of moral significance. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. Mormons worship God. Joseph Smith is the man who restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ in it's fullness to the Earth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Not all of God's children had the opportunity to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ while living on the Earth. As a loving Heavenly Father, He has provided a way for those who have died without baptism to be saved. The way is through baptisms for the dead. The apostle, Paul, spoke of baptisms for the dead in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 15:29 - "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing, because people recognize that something vital is missing in their lives, something more than what they've been told will make them happy. The truths of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the Atonement of Jesus Christ and His Gospel, speak directly to the soul. These truths ring true as though we have learned them before, and they bring true joy and happiness to life. Show more Show less