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Hi I'm Laura

I taught science and loved it. Now I stay home with my kids and love it even more. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a loving, LDS family and always planned on having a family of my own. I also knew that getting a good education would help me in every area of life including family life. I attended college and graduated with a degree in Physics Teaching. While there, I met and married my husband. After graduating, I taught science for one year before starting a family. I really loved teaching school, but I love being home with my two children even more! I feel so blessed and so happy with my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed with faithful parents who raised me in the church. I remember liking church as a child and believing that the teachings were true, so much that I told my friends about it. As a teenager, I followed the counsel of my parents and church leaders to read the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, and to prayerfully seek wisdom and knowledge from God. Through these experiences, I developed a personal appreciation for Jesus Christ's life and sacrifice and a certainty that this is His church. My faith continues to grow as I live the gospel and teach it to my children. 

How I live my faith

My faith is a part of me. It helps me be kind, patient, generous, optimistic, and happy, too! I consider these attributes as gifts from God that I need to utilize in service to others. I do the most "service" for my family, but I'm also involved in teaching the children at church. It's hard to explain the rewards that come from these experiences, but I really cherish them.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Laura
You'll have to study it and think about it, but the only sure way of knowing is by revelation from God. We like to sum it up with the words search, ponder, and pray. Search the scriptures, the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Invite missionaries to teach you. Think about the teachings. Do they strengthen your faith in Jesus Christ? How do you feel about them? Are you filled with the peace and love of God? Pray for wisdom that you will know if it's true, and God will tell you. The answer may not come in words or any big production, maybe just a calm assurance that the path you’re pursuing is right. The thing about true principles is that living them makes you happier. You might think the standards of righteousness are restricting but really they're liberating. Try living the teachings of the gospel--that's one of the best ways to know. Sometimes your life gets easier, and other times you’re blessed with peace and joy in spite of life's challenges and the strength to endure them. Live the gospel and you’ll be happier and you’ll know that it’s right. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Laura
Of course we are! Christ beacons all people to come unto Him, and that's what this church is all about. Anyone who thinks differently clearly does not understand the doctrine of the church. Everything I have ever heard from the leaders of the church and read in the scriptures has encouraged me to draw nearer to the Savior. Truly it is His church, the Church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Laura
God loves all of His children and wants us all to return to Him after this life. In order to live with Him we must be clean in body and spirit, which makes baptism necessary. Many people have died without being properly baptized. Their spirits are alive but unable to perform the ordinance without a body. They need someone alive to be baptized in their behalf. That is why we exert so much effort researching family history and other records of the deceased. After we have a deceased person’s name and other basic information, we can take their name to the temple and be baptized for them. We usually do this for family members, but the plan is to eventually perform temple ordinances for every person who ever lived. That way all of God’s children can receive the blessings of baptism and live with Him if they desire it. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Laura
We attend church each Sunday to take the sacrament and to be uplifted and strengthened by our brothers and sisters. Gospel principles are taught and discussed in the context of our lives. We invite the Spirit to teach us but also have a lot of interaction between members. In contrast, our visits to the temple are less social and more personal. We go on our own schedule and not on Sundays. It is a calm, beautiful, quiet place where we set aside our worldly cares and think only of God. While there is some talking, conversation is limited. Instead, we ask questions in silent prayer and listen for answers from the still small voice. The temple is the house of the Lord, and we go there to feel close to Him. Show more Show less

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

Laura
Not at all. There are members of the church across the political spectrum. The church teaches members to stand for the right. It also encourages us to be good citizens. I have strong political convictions, but I also am relieved not to discuss politics at church. It is a place where all people can come together and be united because of their faith in the Savior. 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
In our temples, we pray and receive gospel instruction. We also receive blessings by participating in ordinances and entering into covenants with God. Every aspect of temple worship is founded on faith in Jesus Christ, and the purpose of the temple is to prepare to live with Him in the eternities. Temples are so sacred that we only talk about them reverently and without mentioning specifics except when we're inside, but the gospel is the same inside and out and it is no secret. There’s nothing greater than receiving temple blessings and nothing worse than dishonoring them. We hold interviews and require recommendations for entering the temple to ensure that everyone there believes in Jesus Christ, understands the commitments they are making, and is living so that they will be able to uphold those commitments and enjoy the sweet blessings now and forever. We would be happy if everyone in the world prepared and entered the temple. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Laura
None of us is perfect and by our own merits we would never be able to return to live in God’s presence. Through our faith in Jesus Christ we are made clean and even perfect, able to live with God. The Lord’s grace is the power that changes us. It doesn’t just cover our sins, it takes away our sinful natures little by little until we’re completely pure and desire nothing else but to glorify God. Seeking and experiencing this miraculous gift is what makes Christianity a way of life and not just a belief. Show more Show less