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Hi I'm Laurie

I'm a grad student studying public policy and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I finished my BS in economics a year ago and finished the first year of my masters degree in public policy in 2011. I LOVED economics--and now I'm focusing on education policy. I want to do education research and policy evaluation for the government, a think tank, or, really, anyone who will hire me after I graduate. Although school pretty much takes up ALL OF MY TIME, I have a lot of hobbies that I occasionally make time for. I like hiking, camping, reading, baking, encouraging my friends to grow mustaches, going to art museums and I absolutely LOVE listening to music and making mix cd's. Joanna Newsom, the books, and Deerhoof are my favorites. I play guitar and occasionally write and record songs--but lately I've just been playing covers. After being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the most important thing to me is my family. I have five brothers and five sisters, two incredible parents, 6 nieces, three nephews, and one niece/nephew on the way. It gets pretty crazy sometimes, but I still feel like I have the best family on earth. I'm the only kid living in the east and its REALLY hard being away from everyone sometimes. Well, pretty much ALL of the time.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I love the Book of Mormon and learn new things every time I read it. I know that President Monson is the prophet today and that he receives revelation for our time and this context. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he restored the church that Christ established on the earth. I know that being a member of this church has helped me to become a better person--that is what the gospel is about--progression and becoming more like Christ. We were sent to this earth and given agency so that we can make choices and learn from our actions, experiences, and observations what is right and what is wrong. I know that God--my Heavenly Father--loves me and wants me to learn all I can in this life so that I can return to live with Him some day. He's provided me with the tools I need to return to Him--an AMAZING family, guidance from the scriptures and the latter-day prophets, prayer, access to the priesthood and personal revelation. I know these things are true because I have prayed about them and asked my Heavenly Father if they are true. I have had the spirit testify to me that these things are true consistently throughout my life. When I'm asked the question "Why are you a Mormon?" I always think of dozens of logical reasons why. For example, the moral standards I'm asked to live up to--being honest, chaste, service oriented, self reliant, charitable, and drug, alcohol, and coffee free--make complete sense to me. However, I could live up to those standards without religion if I wanted to. So while the standards and other teachings of the church make sense to me, help me become a better person, and make me happy, what it really comes down to is the relationship I've developed with my Heavenly Father and my brother Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a better person every day. I try to be aware of and work at overcoming my shortcomings. I try to be a more loving individual because I believe that the CENTRAL MESSAGE of this gospel is love--love for God, Jesus Christ, all of the people around us, and ourselves. I'm not close to being perfect but I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can be forgiven for my mistakes and strengthened and comforted.