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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a daughter, a student, a runner, a musician, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love nature. I love being out in God's creations and seeing and feeling the beauty around me. One of my favorite things to do is to make a mental list of all the things I am grateful for as I run each morning. I am so grateful for the blessing I have to have a healthy body. I love taking care of my body physically and mentally. I also love learning, especially Spanish. Language is so beautiful; it allows us, God's children, to communicate with each other and share experiences. Words have power and help us express what is inside. But since we can't always express ourselves perfectly with words I am thankful for music and the Spirit and joy it brings into my life. The Lord truly is fully of grace and mercy.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home. But my parents encouraged me to develop my own testimony. Through prayers, scripture study, and church attendance I developed my own, personal testimony. The more I come to understand who Christ is, His Atonement-or great sacrifice for me, and why it is important to me I want to share that knowledge with others. Just like anything else, this testimony came over time. I attended seminary, an early morning religion class, every year in high school. Each year we studied a different book of Scripture (Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants). As I took the opportunity each year to read the book of scripture we were studying I learned a little more about Christ and who He is to me. I know the Book of Mormon is true, and that it really is another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that Christ organized His church with prophets and apostles who held the power of God and because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Though the authority was lost because of the rejection of men, God saw fit to restore the necessary power to enable each of us to return and live with Him as we are baptized by the Priesthood power of God and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. As I have prayed and asked if Joseph Smith really was called to be the prophet to restore Christ's church and if the Book of Mormon is true the Spirit confirms to me that it is. I know that Christ lives and His gospel, His teaching bring me so much joy and happiness in this life and I know I can and will have that same joy and even more in the eternities as I live worthy and keep the commandments given to us today to live.

How I live my faith

As a college student I have the opportunity to really figure out what I want in life. Right now the majority of my life is filled with school and stress, but I have found a peace within despite my crazy schedule. Each morning I get up and go running. I take this time to thank my Heavenly Father for my blessings and to ponder. After returning to my apartment I study the scriptures and seek to strengthen my testimony, knowledge and faith in my Savior Jesus Christ and His words written by holy prophets. Throughout my day I try to pray frequently, serve others, and share what I have learned with those around me. As I do so I feel the Savior's love grow and it brings me peace and joy in this wonderful and crazy time in life.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Laura
Mormon church services are reverent and invite the spirit. There are 3 hours of meetings. The most important meeting is Sacrament Meeting. Visitors are always welcome to attend any and all of the worship services. Sacrament Meeting-During this meeting families sit together and hymns are sung, prayers are given, the sacrament (bread and water blessed and passed by priesthood holders to the congregation in remembrance of Jesus Christ) is passed, and talks are given from a couple of people previously assigned. Sunday School classes allow the congregation (ages 12 and older) to meet in a smaller setting and talk about the teachings of Jesus. Primary allows children (18 months to 12) to sing songs and learn about Christ. Young Womens allows 12-18 yr old females to learn about their divine role as daughters of God. Relief Society allows women 18 yrs and older to learn about the divine calling as mothers, dauhters, and sisters of God. Priesthood meeting allows males 12 yrs and older to learn how to magnify their calling as fathers, sons, and brothers in the preisthood of God. Show more Show less