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Hi I'm LauraMaery

I write books, raise a family, speak Chinese...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In between raising a mind-boggling number of kids, living and working overseas, and earning a couple of post-graduate degrees, I've been blessed to see several of my books published.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith gives me balance, community, and a purpose. By living my faith, I have learned that God knows me, personally, and loves me completely -- as a daughter and as an individual. That knowledge motivates every good thing I do. Education is an ongoing pursuit for our family because we believe everything we learn here will be useful both in mortality and in the eternities.

How I live my faith

I've taken seriously the counsel of a modern prophet to find more charitable ways of interacting with my fellow man. My faith has taught me to be less judgmental, and more kind-hearted, to my fellow travelers in this life.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

I don't gamble, but if I were to win a lottery, I'd certainly want to share my winnings with all my loved ones. Finding Christ is winning the only lottery that matters: Comfort, peace, purpose, guidance, eternal life. How could I NOT share? Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons respect Joseph Smith, just as we respect other prophets and people who live honorable lives. But we reserve our worship for God the Father, and for the Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Perjorative terms are an easy way to shut down communication, and to dismiss and dehumanize people whose beliefs seem unfamiliar or uncomfortable. The word "cult" is particularly odious, both because it conjures fear, and because it conveys no useful information. I've been Mormon for an awfully long time, and have yet to meet a fellow Latter-day Saint who thinks it'd be a good idea to...well, what do cultists actually do? Stand in traffic? Inhale paint fumes? Walk off cliffs? This is real life. We have pictures to paint, children to feed, communites to fix, neighbors to love, and volunteer work to do. And truthfully, if following the example of Jesus Christ makes me a cultist, I think I'll live with that! Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Parenting is a gift from, and a partnership with, God. There are rare circumstances where, with the approprobation of God, there might be a reason to terminate a pregnancy. But that's a decision to made only after much prayer and both medical and ecclesiastical counseling. The larger principle here is that joy comes of making God a full partner in marriage, and of bringing children into the world within the bounds of marriage. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Actually, we covenant to live as part of a united community, wherein we mutually undertake the committment of everything we have to building up God's kingdom on earth. At the present time, that means God gives us stewardship over 90 percent of our resources, and gives Bishops (and others with authority to administer Church funds) stewardship over just 10 percent. Nevertheless, all my resources -- including my very breath -- are God's to do with as He sees fit. It's quite a liberating paradigm, to cease worrying over my personal wealth, or the acquisition of any of "my" material goods. I keep my home clean because ultimately, it's God's home. I take care of my automobile, my health, my education, my time, and everything else "I" own, because that's my stewardship. But I am always mindful that nothing is really "mine." It all belongs to God. Show more Show less