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Hi I'm Laurel

I'm an event planner, a blogger, a favorite aunt, and a Jane Austen enthusiast. I love my life and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

When I was little all I dreamed about was being a mom and a TV talk show host. I’m neither. Instead, I “accidentally” graduated from college with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology and found my way into a career of event planning and marketing. I have a masters degree in Communications Management and I currently run a nationally touring inspirational conference for women. I’m US born but like to pretend I’m Canadian. I took a trip to China that changed my life. I’ve written a couple of books geared to teenage girls and feel passionate about helping girls discover their life’s mission and see the hand of God in their lives. My life isn't perfect but I'm happy. And generally live by the philosophy that LYFSGUD. And I still dream of being a TV talk show host...and a mom.

Why I am a Mormon

I was sitting on a plane once when someone asked me what I believe. I shared a bit of my life with him and he said, "It occurs to me that if I had been born to your life, I too would be a believer." I've never forgotten that. I am keenly aware that my faith is in large part due to my background. But, I have read and talked to many people of many faiths and for ME, being a Mormon is key to my life's happiness. My faith gives me purpose and direction. My faith gives me boundaries and freedoms. My faith gives me peace. I am a follower of Jesus Christ and I want to live the life He paved the way for when He gave His life for me. And for me, that life has deeper meaning because of my Mormon faith.

How I live my faith

I spend a lot of time every summer, at my own expense, traveling around the US speaking to groups of teenage girls. Why do I do this? Because I truly believe, to my core, that "I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father who LOVES me. And I love Him." I learned those words s a teenage girl and that belief summarizes everything about the way I have chosen to live my life. Those words are such a part of me...they go with me wherever I go and influence every decision I make. And I'm pretty passionate about helping today's girls come to know that too. I also teach a weekly Sunday School class to 13-15 year old young men and young women. And once a month I meet another woman from church at a downtown taco cart. I check in with her and we talk about the things going on in our lives. We often talk about how the Gospel of Jesus Christ matters to us. We love getting together...and we really love those tacos!

What is the Law of Chastity?

Laurel
"Chastity is sexual purity. Those who are chaste are morally clean in their thoughts, words, and actions. Chastity means not having any sexual relations before marriage. It also means complete fidelity to husband or wife during marriage." As a single 38 year old woman, this is something I deeply care about. I've made a commitment to live a chaste life and in this day and age, that's a bit of an oddity. Two of my dearest friends are of other Christian faiths and they have made the commitment too. So, I know it's not unique to Mormons. But, still, it's an oddity to be 38 and not be or never have been sexually active. I know the regret of making mistakes. I know the pain that comes when you act against the commandments of God. But, I do not know the regret that comes from having a meaningless sexual relationship. I do not know the pain of feeling used for physical pleasure. I do not know the worry that comes from unwanted pregnancy or the physical and emotional consequences of sexually transmitted diseases. There is a peace that comes from a commitment to abstinence until marriage that I don't know you can experience any other way. It has not been easy. Some might say it's "old fashioned". I just know it has been a decision that has blessed my life. There is peace and security that comes from living a chaste life. And the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that no matter where you are today, you can choose to live His laws going forward and find that same peace and security in the days ahead. Show more Show less