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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a wife, mother in the making, homemaker, former nanny, and an aspiring writer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Japan and raised in the great state of Texas. I have a bachelor's degree in English Language with a minor in Editing. I have been married to my wonderful husband since 2009 and we are expecting our first child (a girl) in March 2012. When I'm not cooking and cleaning, I enjoy reading, writing, crocheting, listening to music, and attempting to practice my violin.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an active LDS home, so going to church and abiding by Gospel principles was just a normal part of life. It wasn't until my early teenage years, when my family moved to an area where the LDS population was very small, that I consciously made the choice to be faithful to the Gospel. It wasn't easy because I was frequently mocked for choosing to live differently than most of my peers. Needless to say, I felt very lonely at times, but I knew Heavenly Father was with me and would bless me for my decision to keep His commandments. I chose and continue to choose to remain a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I have seen how it has blessed my life. I am grateful for the peace the Gospel brings, for temple ordinances that allow me to be with my family forever, and for the opportunity to have a close relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My husband and I serve together as meetinghouse librarians. We provide materials to teachers and members in our congregation so that they can teach and learn more effectively, and making sure that the materials get returned. Another duty is also to keep the library in good condition, making sure that there are enough materials and that the materials are up-to-date. Since we are the meetinghouse librarians, we are in charge of making sure the librarians in the other congregations that meet in our building are trained too. People don't often realize how serious this calling is, because usually they see us handing out chalk on Sunday.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

The only big difference between attending church and attending the temple are the ordinances that are performed. When we attend church, we partake of the Sacrament, which is symbolic of Jesus Christ's atonement. When we attend the temple, we perform ordinances that are for beyond this life. For example, we are taught the importance of being married in the temple. It's important to be married in the temple because you can be sealed to your spouse (and children) for eternity, and you can only be sealed in the temple. Of course, couples who are married civilly before joining the Church can be sealed in the temple. Children who are adopted can also be sealed to their parents. Show more Show less