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Hi I'm Laura.

I'm a mom. I'm a burn survivor. I'm a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a young child, I suffered second and third degree burns to my legs, back, and upper arms. I've gone through numerous reconstructive surgeries since. Because of my injuries, I was put in foster care at the age of two. I was fortunate to be adopted two years later by this same family, and my life has been incredibly blessed ever since. I met my husband at a church activity in September 2006. We enjoyed spending time with each other, and it didn't take long for us to decide we wanted to be together for time and for eternity. We were married July 21, 2007. Another blessing in my life arrived on August 3, 2010. My husband and I had a little girl! We're so happy to have her with us, and I love being a mom. I look forward to teaching her and raising her to be a good person with a knowledge of who she is and where she comes from. I see myself as a fairly "normal" young adult. I love to read, sing, dance, and be around other people. My true passion, though, is writing. I've had several poems published and am currently working on my first novel. I grew up in the St. Louis, Missouri area and still live there. We love it here, and I honestly hope we don't move for quite some time! 

Why I am a Mormon

To begin with, I was adopted into an LDS family. I was raised in the church and baptized when I was eight. I'm STILL a Mormon because I choose to be. Family has always been important to me, and because of the LDS doctrines, I know that families can be together for eternity. I can't imagine being part of a religion that doesn't preach this. I love my family and I want to be with them forever.

How I live my faith

In the past I have taught the young women in our congregation, as well as having worked with the missionaries. Recently I was called to direct our ward choir, and I'm looking forward to the Christmas program we have planned. I have always felt that beautiful music can really help me to feel the Holy Spirit, and I hope to bring that peace to others through the music the choir performs.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

We need a Savior because we are all imperfect. We all sin. When we sin, we separate ourselves from God. 1 Corinthians 6:9 says that "the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God". Because our Heavenly Father loves us, He provided us with a way to repent of our sins and be forgiven. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, and because He did not sin, He was able to atone for the sins of the world. This Atonement is what allows us to repent, and to receive forgiveness. Without a Savior, we would not be able to return to live with our Heavenly Father after we die. Because of Jesus Christ's atonement, we have the opportunity to return to our Heavenly Father if we obey His commandments and repent when we sin. Show more Show less