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Hi I'm Laurel

I'm a red-headed Texan nurse who loves BlueBell ice cream. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recently graduated registered nurse. Though I'm a sucker for the waving fields and flatlands where I grew up, I've learned to love the beaches of the pacific, the jungle-like foliage of Africa, and the bustling cities in Europe. Though I got to travel with my family and school, I love being home, too. I'm learning to sing and strum a guitar (a trait I gleaned from my mother) as well as continue in school and read prolifically (a gift from my father.)

Why I am a Mormon

I was one of the fortunate few who was born into an LDS family. Though many people in the towns where I grew up were antagonistic to the church and its teachings, my parents and siblings were pillars of strength. They knew that this was the true church, restored by a loving Heavenly Father through the Prophet Joseph Smith in modern times. Though their examples were wonderful, the faith of my family members was not enough to support me when faced with difficult trials in my early, pre-teen years. Lost, confused, and lonely, I began to read the Book of Mormon everyday. That simple practice brought about the most wonderful change in me: my heart was lighter, my spirit was happier. All of a sudden, I had a new and wonderful sense of self-worth: I was a daughter of the God of the universe. I was His child, and he loved me. Furthermore, He did not send me to earth to be confused and sad; a loving Father would not do that to His child. He had a plan for me, one that would bring me the greatest happiness possible. And that plan is outlined in the restored gospel, even the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith a little bit day by day. I still read from the Book of Mormon, the Bible, or other scriptures every day. I talk to Heavenly Father daily through prayer. And I try to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost telling me what is right and what will bring me the greatest happiness. I love sharing spiritual inspirations and thoughts with my friends of other churches, something I was too shy to try earlier in life. Perhaps I thought it would be awkward? Yet the opposite is true; I grow so much closer to my friends as we share scriptures, sermons, and answers to prayers. Their faith strengthens mine.