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Hi I'm Laurel

I'm a smart independent woman. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay at home mom. My college degrees are in Honors Psychology and Scandinavian Studies. I still take classes online. I speak Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and German--all of which I learned to help me with my family history hobby. I also play the bassoon, paint, dance, hike and cook gourmet food.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but was encouraged by my parents to find out the truth for myself before my baptism at age eight. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time then and followed Moroni's counsel to ask the Lord whether the book was true. Simply put--it is! I have since re-read the Book of Mormon countless times. I try to make it a part of every day. As my life has changed and I have matured I have asked the Lord again whether I was on the right path and He always speaks to me through an overwhelming feeling of peace and joy that this is His Church. Through the scriptures, counsel of the prophets and worship at the temple, I have learned about my potential as a daughter of God and of God's personal love for each one of us. The greatest gift of God is eternal life, and through the restored gospel we are invited to partake of that gift along with our families (because it's not heaven unless every one is there right?!).

How I live my faith

I currently serve teaching five year-olds about Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation. I also visit teach five ladies with my friend. Each Sunday my husband and I battle our daughters over hairbows and glitter shoes on our way to the chapel where we all calm down and take a moment to think of our covenants with God as we partake of the sacrament. Every morning I begin with a prayer and then I read from the Book of Mormon before I do anything else. I meditate and pray throughout the day (dodging flying Barbies and running to catch falling sippy cups). At the end of the day we gather as a family to read from a children's scripture book. Then we sing a children's hymn and pray as a family. My husband and I pray together after our children go to sleep. We have learned that it is impossible for contention to survive in a home where the door to heaven is kept open through prayer.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

I believe that when I go to the temple for one of my ancestors, I am sharing my faith with her and inviting her to accept the work I do for her. If she is willing to accept the temple covenants I make on her behalf, she can someday live with God again. I think that heaven would be incomplete for me unless I have all of my loved ones with me. I love my ancestors for the sacrifices they made and because they are children of God just like you and I. Show more Show less