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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a zookeeper. I'm passionate about conservation, and even more passionate about my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've loved animals for as long as I can remember, and I feel very blessed to be getting paid to play with sea lions, cougars, hyenas, and penguins. I work at the zoo part time, and I spend the rest of my time with my beautiful baby girl and my sweet husband. I served a full-time mission in Colorado and still think of and talk to many of the incredible people I was privileged to meet and teach. My favorites things to do are scuba dive, travel, read, sing, and enjoy nature.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother is an extraordinary person who is always seeking for truth. When she was in college, she learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and, after much prayer and soul -searching, received a witness from the power of the Holy Ghost that the teachings were true. Because of her courage to follow what she knew to be true (despite serious opposition from her family), I was raised in the church. As I grew old enough to question the things I had always taken for granted, I remembered how she had been given a personal witness from God confirming the truth of the teachings of the church. I decided to seek this witness for myself. One night, alone in my bedroom, I knelt beside my bed and asked God in prayer if the Book of Mormon were true. I didn't know what to expect a message from God to be like, but when I was filled with an overpowering sense of love and peace greater and more real and solid than I can describe, I knew I had my answer. The Book of Mormon teaches that Jesus Christ is our friend, our king, and our redeemer. I know this to be true, not only because of the miracles I've seen Him perform in my life, but because the power of the Spirit of God has told me directly. I am grateful for the gospel in my life and the way its teachings have led me to the blessings of family, knowledge, and a relationship with my Savior.

How I live my faith

There are many specific things I do to live my faith. In this church, there is no paid ministry, so every member helps teach, lead, and support other members through what we call "callings." Right now, my calling is to teach the young women on Sunday and help arrange fun, wholesome, and faith-promoting activities for them to enjoy with their friends during the week. In the past, I have helped lead music and taught other classes. Our congregation has also been working together to raise money and build a house for Habitat for Humanity. But the majority of how I live my faith happens outside of church. The teachings of Christ from the Bible, Book of Mormon, and modern prophets encourage us to treat those around us with love and respect, and I strive to do this at work, at the grocery store, and wherever I go.