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Hi I'm Lara

I'm a busy mom, wife, and friend. I'm also a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large, loud, and complicated family. In highschool I did ballroom dance, chior and musical theatre. I met my husband in collage and have been married 5 years. We have an adorable son named Micah. I am now working on a masters degree. While my husband works on a Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine. Eventually my career goal is to be an adoption agent. My husband and I love to travel and meet people of different cultures. We have been to countries in Asia, Europe, and South America together. We also love to host travelers in our home whenever we are able. My husband speaks 4 foreign languages and is fluent in three. I have tried to learn Spanish three times , and still can barely introduce myself. I enjoy talk radio and socio-political books as well as historical fiction, self improvement books, and good page turners like Harry Potter. My heroes include George Washington, Mother Teresa, and Esther, as well as Nephi from the Book of Mormon. My husband is also my hero, because when he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints as a teenager he was persecuted most bitterly from his closest family members. Yet he held to the truth that the Lord had told him and has never departed from it. His faith, courage, and determination are an inspiration to me.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised by Mormon parents there comes a time in everyone's life that they need to figure out what they believe for themselves. Growing up I was given many opportunities to feel the spirit. My faith and testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ grew slowly and nearly imperceptively for many years. As a little child I remember being told that one day I would need to decide for myself if I believed the LDS church was true, and that I would not be able to rely on my parents. I remember making a promise to myself in my head that I would never fall away and leave the church. I knew it was true then and I knew that would never change. Still there were times I doubted but as I would pray and read the scriptures my prayers were always answered in due time. In my teenage years I become more aware of my testimony and I depended in my determination to serve the Lord all my life. Over time I have gained a witness in my heart from God that Jesus Christ is my savior, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that the book of mormon is true, that the bible is true, that prayers are heard and answered, and that Thomas Monsen is the Lord's chosen prophet today. Living in accordance with these truths has brought me peace and happiness throughout my life. I'm so greatful for the ability I have to find answers to prayers and to know these things for myself :)

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing what I feel God wants me to do to the best of my capability. I strive to be a good mother and wife and to make a pleasant home enviroment. I particepate in church regularly and taught sunday school to the youth frequently. I worship at the temple and pay tithing. These are all outward manifestations that derive from the things that I feel in my heart. I have a personal realtionship with God which is the most important thing in the world to me. I love him and can feel that he loves me. Therefore, I pray, fast, and read my scriptures. I follow the teachings of the prophets and try to reach out in love to those around me. I'm not perfect at anyone of these things but I'm continually striving to do better and to live up to what I know is right.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a strong conviction of what you believe or know to be true in your heart. A testimony is a gift from God and is gained when a feeling from God comes into your heart and mind regarding one aspect of truth or another. You cannot have a greater witness than from God. This is why mormons frequently say they "know" that something is true. The bible and the book of mormon outline a pattern of asking God for the truth in prayer when we are willing to recieve his answer and intend to act upon it. He is willing to show the truth to anyone who will "knock" and "seek". Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I absolutely believe that we have a prophet like moses on the earth today. Throughout the ages god has sent prophets to help lead and guide his people, to give his word and his will through revelation. If God is the same "yesterday, today, and forever" as the scriptures indecate then why would God not send prophets to us like in other ages? President Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet today. He has also called 12 apostles as "prophets, seers, and revelators" as well. I will never forget the intense feeling of peace and joy the first time I heard President Monson speak as the prophet. I had been praying about it and as soon as he began to speak I felt so peaceful and sure inside that I knew God was telling me through his still small voice that he really is a prophet for our day. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Although I believe in the bible and study it regularly it is important to understand some of the history regarding it. Mainly, the bible was origonally passed down generationally through copying it and re-copying it. In that process as well as at time through delibert perversion of the word things were taken out. The Bible also went through many translations before being translated into english. With translation some amount of clarity can be lots. Due to the many changes which the bible has undergone it is less clear for us today. There are many interpretations that are very contradictory, yet when prophets wrote it they must have had one intended meaning. The Lord in his infinate foreknowledge prepared The Book of Mormon as a companion with the Bible. One of the clearly stated purposes of the Book of Mormon is to bare witness of the truthfulness of the bible, as well as to clearify the teachings found in the bible. There are so many Christian sects all interpreting the bible differently, but the book of mormon helps to clearify these misunderstandings. Show more Show less