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Hi I'm Lauretta

I've been a homemaker. I work at a university. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello! Gee, where do I start. I was a homemaker for 11 years exclusively before I started going back to school little by little. I had already gotten a Bachelor's degree in mathematics. This time I got my masters degree in mathematics education, and worked part-time at a local college teaching freshmen mathematics. After doing this for four years, I felt that a change was needed. I applied for school again, but ended up teaching two years of High School, 8-9 grade the first year, then 9-10 grade the second year. I went back to school again after that and got my PhD in mathematics education. I have four wonderful grown children, two girls and two boys.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Catholic church from which I learned a lot of wonderful things. I learned about the Savior and the importance of being a good, honest person, being kind to others, and keeping the Sabbath Day holy. When I was in college, I began to become confused about some of the doctrines that I didn't understand very well, however, I had been taught that the authority to speak for God on the earth had been passed down from the Savior to Saint Peter and through the Popes, so I didn't really see any other option. While I was in graduate school, I met a Mormon woman who befriended me. There was a lightness and good cheer to her that I loved. She took me to a musical performance at her church, and I had a good feeling there. I went home for the college break and received a news magazine which contained a confusing article supposedly explaining Mormon church doctrines. When I got back to school, I started asking lots of questions about those doctrines. She invited me to an upcoming church meeting. I felt things there that I had never felt before. The men on the stand showed love for each other like I had never seen before. I began taking lessons and was baptized the following Sunday. The missionaries explained to me that what I was feeling was the Holy Ghost. I didn't know everything, but I knew enough. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that this was the answer to all of my questions. I knew that the Lord had seen that the church he had started had strayed from his intentions and that He Himself had come to Joseph Smith and started the whole thing over again. All of the doctrines fell into place as if a light had been turned on in a dark room through which I had previously been groping. I knew that when I heard the voice of the living prophet which they played for me, that he truly was who they said he was. I have a deep and abiding testimony that the men that lead this church truly are Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, with His authority to speak in His name.

How I live my faith

I attend church on Sunday and participate in a worship meeting involving the entire congregation and then a Sunday School lesson for adults and a special meeting with lessons and service tailored for the women of the church. When I get up in the morning, I try each day to follow the admonition to "seek first the kingdom of God" and I go online to read and study the word of God and to reflect on his messages to me for my life. I have found this to be an invaluable help in my daily life. I also pray and read the word of God with my husband. In addition to these things, I regularly check on particular women of the church whom the Lord has asked me to place in my special circle of concern. I can certainly do better at this, and hope to improve those efforts.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Lauretta
To me, this is one of the most wonderful things about revealed church doctrine. Consider the idea that we believe that all mankind must be saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone having the proper authority to do so. What about all of those folks who, through no fault of their own, never hear the gospel and never have the chance to be baptized by authority before they leave this earth! The Lord has provided a way that everyone who's ever lived can receive what they need to get to Heaven! Every single soul who's ever lived is loved by Him. Baptism for the dead is evidence of His love for everyone of his children and it is the most awesome experience to participate in it. It is incredible to know that we can serve the most helpless of souls, those who cannot speak to us or communicate with us in any way. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Lauretta
No! We respect him and honor him as a prophet of God as we respect and honor Abraham, Moses, and Isaiah. We worship God our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. We tend to talk about Joseph Smith a lot because his prophetic mission was so important to us, because what he did was so incredibly hard, and because the Lord worked through him to give us so much. Joseph Smith is special to me, because I was confused about religion and I learned that he felt the same way, went at age 14 and prayed humbly to God for his answer, and received not only his own answer, but my answer as well. Because of Joseph Smith's prayer, I know that I have a Heavenly Father and a Savior who are real, living beings. Because of the work the Lord did through Joseph Smith we have the Book of Mormon, a companion to the Bible, another testament of Jesus Christ drawn from the writings of prophets who lived in ancient times on the American continent. We honor Joseph Smith because God our Heavenly Father, who we worship, chose him for this work, and he accomplished it. Show more Show less