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Hi I'm Lara

I'm a lover of all things sparkly, a world-traveler, a disciple of Jesus Christ, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a student majoring in English Language with a minor in Editing, at Brigham Young University. For fun I like to sing and dance, especially ballroom dancing. I love to travel. I've lived in England with my family, and in Israel with a Study Abroad program. I love seeing the wonders of our world, both natural and man-made. I served as a missionary in Tacoma, WA, and now I find myself with an inexplicable fondness for dismal weather. :) I also like scrapbooking, but on my computer- I don't have the patience for gluing stuff together. All of my pictures from the places I've been and from my mission I make into slideshows and photo books. I also like to write, particularly in my journal- I started keeping a journal when I was 6 years old and I'm currently working on my 23rd or something like that.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always had a strong testimony of the gospel. It was what my parents taught me and I wasn't much into questioning things growing up. But as I've gotten older and begun to build my own testimony, I feel sometimes like I live for that peace that comes when I read about the Savior- in the New Testament, Jesus the Christ, or The Book of Mormon. I have seen the hand of the Lord guiding me and sometimes that's the only thing that keeps me going, is knowing that He's there, and He has a plan, and He's going to make it all work out ok. Spending four months in Jerusalem was life-changing for me. There I learned for myself who the Savior is, and what He does for me every single day. Knowing that, I would do anything He asked, walk any road with Him, and that's why I chose to serve a full-time mission. I know that this is the true church and the only way to find happiness is to serve the Lord in His way every day of our lives.

How I live my faith

I think my favorite calling was when I was the Ward Choir Director my freshman year up at school. It was so much fun. I was also involved in youth leadership before that and I've done lots of other odd jobs in the wards I've lived in. Leading the hymns in the women's meeting was another fun one. And of course, most recently I served as a missionary. It was the most intense thing I've ever done, but so rewarding. There are people carved into my heart now that I never would have known if I hadn't served in Tacoma. It's an amazing feeling, to make even a small difference in someone else's life.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is a lot like being anyone else. We have struggles and triumphs, good days and bad days. It isn't always easy to live up to the expectations of your family, your friends, or the expectations you have for yourself. But I think that navigating this life is a lot easier when you are living by the principles of Jesus Christ, and relying on His strength to get you through the difficult things. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Missionaries have a message of great importance to share with those who are willing to listen. Our message is of Jesus Christ and His Atonement and Heavenly Father's plan for each of us. But the first thing a missionary will do when you invite them into your home is try to understand and get to know YOU. The gospel is personal. It can help you with the things you struggle with, answer the questions you want answered, and help bring you the peace and happiness that you want in your life for your family. The missionaries want to help you discover what the gospel has to offer you, and how it can apply to your life. Show more Show less