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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a mom, an avid reader, baker and blogger, and on snow days I play Lego Wii games with my kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay at home mother to four kids, ages 1 to 8. I graduated from college with an Bachelor's degree in English and landed a job I loved in the fast-paced world of advertising as a copywriter. When marriage and kids came along I was torn because although I wanted to be home with them I secretly wondered if I'd ever really be happy as a homemaker. That was a leap of faith that's been richly rewarded. My husband and my children really are my greatest joy, my toughest challenge and my most fulfilling work. I tinker these days in digital scrapbooking and cooking, and noticed the other day my candy thermometer and bathroom scale are made by the same company. I think it's a conspiracy because I check them both with alternating frequency! We currently live outside of Saint Louis, Missouri. 

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first by birth and finally by choice. I was raised in a strong Mormon family and knew the doctrines of the gospel at a young age. However I pushed a lot of limits in my teenage years and eventually went inactive for a short period in college. I was proud and angry, a difficult combination, and I made a lot of poor decisions that carried me further and further away. I finally came to a moment when I felt a decision had to be made and in a tearful conversation with almost a perfect stranger who had come visiting that day, I asked if it was really all worth it, and why. He looked me in the eyes and asked me "Because it's true, isn't it?" That question changed everything, because I knew by the Spirit burning in my heart at that moment that yes, it was true. Things of the Spirit have to be learned through the Spirit, it's about what you feel as much as what you know. I don't debate with others anymore. I just try to live my religion the best I know how and now when I have questions I've learned that instead of looking to the world for answers I can take them directly to the Lord and find peace and truth. The Holy Ghost testified to me that these things are true, and I know He will do the same for you. It's the only way to know for sure... and the one absolutely sure way to know. 

How I live my faith

Currently I have the great opportunity of serving in my ward as a leader for the 12-14 year old young women. They are beautiful, smart, strong, capable and virtuous and they inspire me every day to be better. I often teach Sunday lessons for our class, and we meet once a week in the evenings to participate in various activities - some spiritual, some service, and some just for the fun of it. I also LOVE to talk about the Church and enjoy studying the scriptures as a family.

What is faith?

Faith is believing in something that cannot be seen, like the Bible says. But faith is more than a passive belief. First we must identify in what or whom we have faith. Faith that a chair will hold us when we sit down is great and all, but it's not the kind of faith that saves. The gospel teaches us to have faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, and this is important because that's the kind of faith that helps us progress spiritually. Active faith will in turn invite the Holy Ghost into our lives, and he will not only confirm and strengthen our faith, he will teach us what we personally need to do in our lives to come closer to Christ. Faith of this sort leads to repentance, which invokes humility and teachability. When we repent, we feel sorry for our sins and do all in our power to correct them, which in turn helps us become more and more like Christ. The process repeats itself over again as often as we allow, each step strengthen our faith and helping us become more sure in our conviction. Faith is believing, but it is also the power of progression.  Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith was a prophet in this time period, much like Moses was to his, or Isaiah to his. He was confused as a young boy as to which church he should join, and when praying to God for an answer received his answer in the form of a visitation of both God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. They appeared to the boy and told him he shouldn't join any of the churches. After that time he received a number of visions and revelations including instruction on where to find the golden plates that he would eventually translate by the power of God into what we know as the Book of Mormon. He didn't "start" the Church, Joseph Smith was the prophet through whom Jesus Christ restored his Church on the earth today, along with temples, the priesthood, and other important truths. They were lost in the Dark Ages after the deaths of the original apostles along with the organization of the original Church as it was when Christ was on the earth with prophets and apostles. This was a massive undertaking, and a boy of little to no formal education could have never done it without divine help. And no man, given what he went through in his life, would give so much to perpetuate a farce from which he had little to nothing to gain. We don't worship Joseph Smith, but I am grateful to him for the extreme sacrifices he made throughout his life in order that I may have and know the blessings I do today. He was a great man and a Prophet of God.  Show more Show less

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

No, the Mormon Church does not endorse or defame political parties or candidates. We are asked to be active in our communities and to be good citizens wherever we live, but typically we make our decisions based on individual political ideologies like everyone else. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I may be a little biased as to what Mormon women are like, but I think they're great! I hope the women you meet are honest, kind, and helpful. I think we're a lot like everyone else, minus maybe the java. Lots of interests, lots of talents, lots of styles and variety, lots of fun. Mormons absolutely believe in equality of men and women in the Church. I know this is a hard question for many to swallow because Mormon women don't hold the Priesthood. We aren't Bishops, we don't perform marriages, etc. And you know what? I'm A-OK with that. Too often in the current feminism the word "different" is unfairly yoked to "lesser". I prefer a feminist view in which women expect parity with men, yet don't try to be like them or see their individual roles as more or less desirable or valuable in contribution or scope. Please don't assume because the leadership of the Church are men it means women aren't respected. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mormon women are encouraged to participate in leadership councils, meetings and decision-making processes. Our opinions are heard and valued, and men and women are given every opportunity to magnify their God-given roles. I don't feel at all trapped into a subversive society where I stay home and cook and clean like a 1950's housewife. Women are also encouraged to get and education and the Church offers full support in the many roles we naturally play, both in the home and away. I am grateful that my husband holds the priesthood and can use it to strengthen and bless our home. His priesthood makes our home feel as though we're only a step away from heaven and the power of God when it's needed. He blesses our children when they're sick and serves faithfully in his callings. I'm frankly grateful he takes on that role so I can concentrate on the things I bring to our family that are uniquely mine. I love being a mother and feel that's more than a full-time job already! I guess you could say that the distribution of roles and responsibilities rather than being restrictive ends up being more liberating than each of us trying to do it all, and I think as a team we actually accomplish more.  Show more Show less