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Hi I'm Laura

I'm Native Alaskan. I'm married to a Turk. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Native Alaskan with ancestors in the US, Europe and Asia. I am married to a wonderful Turkish man who is not Mormon. We are the proud parents of 2 sons. Instead of focusing on our cultural and religious differences, we delight in the common values that unite us in our commitment to God, family, and each other.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Mormon church as married adults. They raised me and my siblings in a Latter-day Saint home where we were taught to keep the commandments of our Heavenly Father and look to Christ as an example to emmulate. They were accepting of others not of our faith and encouraged us to participate in programs hosted by other denominations in the community. We lived in a rural area with very few Mormons and I was often asked why I chose to be a "Mormon". The answer then, and now, remains the same, because of the feeling of peace, purpose and meaning it brings to my daily life. I have read The Book of Mormon in its entirety and prayed to know if it was the word of God, another testament of Jesus Christ. I received an affirmative answer, an undeniable feeling that this is Christ's restored church on the Earth today. Despite the difficult challenges and obstacles I've encountered over the years, this practice of praying and receiving answers from a Father in Heaven who knows me and loves me, has been a constant source of stability, in an otherwise chaotic world. I know that we can return to live with our Father in Heaven, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and our family members (past, present and future) after this life on Earth. I believe that our Heavenly Father loves each one of us as His children, and has a plan for each of us - if we will only ask, in faith, to know for ourselves.

How I live my faith

I read the scriptures on a daily basis and pray for guidance in the decisions I make. This provides me with regular spiritual experiences and the opportunity to come to know Christ and our Heavenly Father on a personal level. I've recently begun researching my ancestors and am developing a deeper understanding of the greater purpose of life and appreciation for the sacrifices made on my behalf. I am humbled by the responsibility I have to likewise make sacrifices for my children and future posterity. I try to keep that in mind as I go about my daily routine and prioritize what matters most: family, faith, service to others. It is in small and simple ways that my faith brings me true happiness.