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Hi I'm Laurie

and I'm a Mormon. I'm originally from Minneapolis and I'm working on a PhD in Counseling Psychology.

About Me

I love to sing, and I love to run, and I love to spend time with good friends, especially my best friend/fiancé. I love people. In my work as a counselor, I've come to realize that everyone is struggling with one thing or another. At first the thought of this universal suffering used to scare me, but now it helps me to feel a tremendous sense of respect for humanity. I am constantly amazed by the strength and resiliency of others (and myself).

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in the teachings of this church: that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world; that we are the spiritual daughters and sons of a Father in Heaven who loves us more than we can comprehend; that good and evil exist in the world; that we chose to come to this mortal existence as part of our eternal journey; that as spiritual beings we have agency; that it is our duty to love others and to treat everyone we encounter with dignity and respect; that our lives are deeply meaningful and the relationships we have in this life will carry into eternity. Ultimately, it is because of my relationship with God & His continual influence in my life that I am a Mormon. I love God and I feel his presence here.

How I live my faith

I try to keep my heart turned to God by spending time in prayer & meditation, journal writing, and scripture study (Bible and Book of Mormon). I find that when I take the time to be still and feel God's presence, I feel a deeper sense of purpose and peace, and a greater capacity to love those around me. As I go throughout my day, I ask for divine influence to help me remember that each person I encounter is a precious child of God. Of course I don't do this perfectly, but I lean on the help of the Lord and He always blesses me beyond my capacities when I ask for His help. I often fall short of these goals and make mistakes, but when I ask the Lord for his tender forgiveness, He offers it to me.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

The doctrine of baptisms for the dead (as performed in the times of the New Testament) is one of the great evidences of God's loving plan for His children. We believe that salvation is not exclusive to those who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in this life, but that ALL of God's children will have the opportunity to come unto Christ. We perform baptisms in the temple for our ancestors who were not members of the church in this life. We perform the baptisms by acting as proxy for spirits who no longer have a physical body to enter the waters of baptism. This is the gift we offer to our ancestors in gratitude for the inheritance they have given us. We believe that missionary work and the preaching of the gospel continues in the spirit world after we die. When the spirits of those who have passed on hear the gospel, they have the choice of whether or not they want to accept it. So every ancestor that we perform a baptism for has the choice of whether or not they want to accept the baptism. We do not believe that God forces any of His children to be baptized, but He provides His children every opportunity to to exercise their moral agency. Show more Show less