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Hi I'm Laura

I'm Polynesian, a college graduate, a wife and a stay at home mother of two. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to cook, go camping, dance hula, and read good books. I majored in Business Marketing in college, but now devote all my time to raising my children. My husband is currently going to work and school at the same time, so that makes life busy. My dream is to one day own a house, teach hula, write a novel, travel the world and own a business of my own.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was raised as a member of the church. My family's roots are deep in church history. Some of my ancestors traveled across oceans and some in wagons and handcarts as pioneers of the early church. Their deep faith, sacrifice, and love of the Lord are the legacy I carry in my heart today. I've also spent countless hours studying the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I've prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true and whether Joseph Smith really saw God and his son Jesus Christ. After praying and pondering these questions, I felt an overwhelming peace and assurance that it was all true and that God's only true and living church was indeed upon the earth again. Later on, as I learned and applied the gospel principles my parents and church leaders taught me, I continued to receive more and more of these feelings that my Heavenly Father knows and loves me and that He has a great plan for me. Today I continue to follow this faith, in the hopes that my family will be together forever as we keep the covenants or promises we have made at baptism and in His holy temple. 

How I live my faith

 Mostly, I live my faith by trying to live the principles that I know to be true. I also try to follow the Savior's example of love and serving others. In the church, I have voluntarily served in many callings or jobs. I've prepared and delivered meals to new mothers or for funerals. I've organized a teenage girls camp, taught children and adult classes on Sundays, sung in the choir, visited members' homes, and participated in service projects like making quilts, donating supplies to disaster areas, and neighborhood clean ups. In my home, my family trys to pray and study the scriptures daily. Once a week, we have a family night when we teach our children gospel principles and have fun family activities. My husband and I take our children to church on Sundays and try to go to the temple at least once a month.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Laura
Yes. God intended that the husband and wife relationship as well as the relationships with our children endure and continue on even after death. Sacred ordinances called sealings can be performed in holy temples and make this possible. Sealings can also be performed by proxy for those that have died without this opportunity, thus making it possible for them to enjoy the same blessings of an eternal family, which they would not otherwise have. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Laura
Well, we are all different, that's for sure. We have different cultural, political and educational backgrounds. While most Latter Day Saint women hope for marriage and children, some are single or without children. We are also encouraged to get as much education as possible, vote, and develop our personal talents. In the family, husbands and wives work together as equal partners but with different responsibilities. Fathers preside over the family and are primarily responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children and generally, stay at home, instead of pursuing careers to fulfill these responsibilities. In the church, only men hold and officiate in the priesthood, but priesthood blessings and ordinances are available to all worthy members. Women are also called to serve in various leadership capacities and have opportunities to teach, lead and serve along side the men. While young men are required to serve full time missions as part of their priesthood obligations, women have no priesthood duty to do so, but may serve if they so chose. So, yes, we do believe in the equality of men and women, but not in being identical, which would eliminate the eternal and God given differences of our gender which enable us to perform our equal and separate roles. Show more Show less