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Hi I'm Trista Rawlings-Lawrence

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Mormon, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a Daughter of God. I love to scrapbook, dance, go camping, travel, photography (even though I am not very good at it YET) and spending time with family and friends. I come from a very close knit family. We enjoy the time we get to spend together. I am grateful for the closeness that we share and have been told on numerous occasions by a number of people that they wish they could have this kind of closeness and relationship with their family members. I am a massage therapist and find great joy in seeing others experience healing and relief from their physical pain. I have seen the teachings of the LDS faith provide the same kind of healing to your spirit. We are here on this earth to learn and grow and overcome the challenges we have been given. I have found my beliefs and the teachings of the LDS faith to be the greatest source of strength to me as I struggle daily to overcome my challenges and to grow as a person to become more like my elder brother, Jesus Christ. I know I am not perfect and that I have a long way to go and many faults to overcome, but I am grateful that I have been blessed with direction in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I CHOOSE to be a Mormon for a number of reasons. First and foremost, because I love my Savior Jesus Christ and believe that this is His true church here upon the earth today. As I look around me, I find there are so many things in this world that confirm the existence of God. How can one deny that there is a loving Father in Heaven who has given us such beauty on this earth? He has provided us with all that we need to be successful in this life, but more importantly, everything we need to have eternal families and obtain eternal life in the kingdom of Heaven. I had a period of time in my life where I was not fully living the teachings of this beautiful gospel. I wasn't committing heinous sins, but I still felt great sadness and sorrow. I became quite depressed during this time period. It wasn't until I started living the gospel teachings again that I found my depression going away and began to feel the happiness that had been missing. I have found that by following the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, that it makes my life so much easier. I have made a conscious decision to follow the teachings. By doing so, when I find myself in uncomfortable circumstances or situations, it is easy to decide what I am going to do because I decided a long time ago exactly how I am going to live my life and that I am not willing to compromise myself or my values to please others around me. I encourage anyone who is looking for something more in their lives, or who feels that there is something missing to contact the LDS missionaries. LISTEN to their message and HEAR what is being shared. Read the Book of Mormon and ask our Heavenly Father if those things you have read are true. I KNOW them to be true words from a loving Father in Heaven who wants us to return to live with Him someday. I LOVE my Savior Jesus Christ and am grateful daily for His Atoning sacrifice. I know this gospel is true and encourage others to find the same peace that I feel daily.

How I live my faith

I am the mother of two. Motherhood is something very precious to me. I have been blessed to have these two children in my life despite the fact that I have not been able to become pregnant. My husband had these children from a previous marriage, and due to varying circumstances we are the full custodial parents. In the LDS religion, motherhood is one of the single most important responsibilities we can have. I am grateful I have been blessed with this opportunity. Within the LDS church, I have spent most of my time working with the youth ages 12-18 in our congregation.The youth are the future of this world and of this church. I appreciate the time I have been able to spend with these kids. They are so full life. I have also spent time working with the young children. What a blessing they are. Their innocence is so refreshing and I love that they just speak the truth. I try to be a good example to those around me in my neighborhood, congregation, and especially within my own family. I believe that our example does as much or more to teach others what our values are than the things we "teach" by mouth. As the saying goes, "actions speak louder than words."