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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a PhD student, scientist, and tree hugger. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Two years ago, I graduated with a B.S. in Plant Biology. Today, I'm working on a PhD in Pharmacognosy. I couldn't have made it here without Him. I am happy with how my life is shaping up and know that the Lord is pleased. I feel that I could have chosen to be or to do anything righteous and good and he would have still been pleased. I could have been a teacher, an airplane pilot, a doctor, a lawyer, or dog walker, and still, he would have been just as supportive. I love that about our Heavenly Father. He knows us and loves us and wants us to be happy with whatever we choose in life. There is only one right path, and thats obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyting else we do in life is bonus. I want to do and be so much more than I am. I want to be a master gardener, an outdoors woman, and a chef. I want to learn how to play an instrument, and to be a big sister to someone in need. I want to join a cycling club and and a book club. Someday, I want to be a wife, and a mother. Maybe all that will happen and maybe it won't. The point is that I want to spend my days learning, and serving, and being happy. I know that's what the Lord wants, so I'll take it as it comes, and learn to trust in Him who sends it my way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ and baptized when I was eight years old. As a child my participation in church was an expectation-it’s what my family did. About the time I started applying for college, I started to ask myself if activity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was something I wanted for the rest of my life. I decided to start praying about it. In the days that followed, and ever since, I was reminded of the blessings that have come into my life from being a faithful and active member of this church. I thought of how my family had been supported through scary times. I was reminded of happy moments with them and with friends. I considered the protection that I had in my life for keeping the commandments. I reflected on the scriptures and living prophets and the good feeling that comes from learning His doctrine. The Lord answered my prayer by reminding me of all the blessings that have come as a result of membership in His church. I know that this is The Church of Jesus Christ. It has been brought forth in these latter days in its fullness. Within this church is His authority. With that authority we can be made clean from our sins so that we might return to live with our Father. This is only possible through Jesus Christ. My prayer was answered. That’s why I’m a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One the most satisfying ways to live my faith comes through service. It’s important to recognize the blessings that we have in our lives, but we should also try to be a blessing in the lives of other people. My service is an expression of my faith. In my local congregation, I have been called upon to teach the women's organization, Relief Society. I also try to find ways to serve others at work- picking up the odd jobs here and there, helping a co-worker get their work done. Perhaps the greatest service that I have offered was my time as a volunteer representative for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For eighteen months I taught the gospel full time. I saw lives change for the better, including my own. This service has become the greatest blessing in my life. Christ was always aware of those around him and their needs. He never hesitated to offer a helping hand. I am tyring to do the same. Sometimes its uncomfortable, or inconvenient to serve others. However, I know that as we express our faith through our service, we are in turn blessed one hundred fold. As we face trials, we must rely on our faith. I've found that if I have the faith to turn outward in my hour of need, and address the needs of someone else, I in turn am strengthened.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Laura
Before Jesus Christ returned to his father (after his ressurection), he commanded his disciples to go and preach the gospel to everyone. Our Heavenly Father wants us to return to Him when we die. We cannot do this if we are dirty with sin. Unfortunately, we all sin, making it impossible for us to return to Heavenly Father on our own. But is through Jesus Christ that we become clean again. We become clean from our sins as we express faith in Christ, repent of our sins, are baptized as he was and recieve his spirit. We must continue to keep his commandments and continue to repent all our lives. Thanks to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, it is possible to become clean from our sins. This is why missionaries proselyte. Because everyone needs to know what we need to do to return to live with our loving Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Laura
The Holy Ghost is third member of the Godhead. He works in collaboration with the other members, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost is the source of every good thing in this life including love peace, joy, truth and knowledge. Through Him we feel the love of God. It is the single greatest gift that we can receive in this life. When we have the Holy Ghost present in our lives we are constantly aware of God's love and concern for us. In order to have the Holy Ghost we must be clean from sin. We become clean from baptism by water. The second part of baptism is the gift of the Holy Ghost. We receive the Ghost as priesthood holders lay their hands upon our heads. This is the baptism by fire that the Bible talks about. I am grateful for the Holy Ghost in my life. I strive to keep myself clean from sin so that I can always have his presence with me. When I have the Holy Ghost with me, I feel like God is with me. I feel happy and alert. When I have the Holy Ghost with me I know that God loves me. Show more Show less