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Hi I'm Laura

I'm an Electrical Engineer, I'm a loving wife and mother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a loving wife and mother. I have many interests and consider myself a "Jackie of All Trades." I love sports, music, crafts, books, movies, friends, and most of all: FAMILY! I am an electrical engineer and have worked in the aerospace field on both the defense and commercial sides. I love the gospel and feel incredibly blessed to be a daughter of God.

Why I am a Mormon

Throughout my life I have been exposed to several different religions and belief systems. I have had ample opportunity to question or doubt my having been raised in the "Mormon" faith. I have questioned who I am, what my purpose is on Earth, what happens after death, and why we need Christ, amongst many other things. From my childhood until I was 15 years old I was just kind of going along with things regarding religion. I got baptized at eight because that was what the other kids did. I went to Sunday School and church activities because my friends were there. I didn't necessarily think about "a greater purpose." It was at the age of 15 that my early morning religion class instructor challenged us to read the scriptures every day. For whatever reason I accepted that challenge. Even if it was only one verse; even if it was 3 AM; even if I was "too tired," I made myself read the scriptures. That year we were studying the New Testament. One night I had finished doing my homework and was about to pass out from being tired when I heard a voice say, "Stay up a little longer and read your scriptures. At least one verse." I read about the crucifixion of Christ and had an overwhelming feeling of, "This actually happened. It's true. He lived and died for you and conquered death." I realized that it was the Holy Spirit speaking truth to my soul. Because of that spiritual experience I knew that what I was taught in church was true and could not deny it or convince myself otherwise.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in different ways. At church I work with 14 and 15 year old young women by helping to teach them, guide them, and show my love and Heavenly Father's love for them. I also try to visit three women in my congregation every month with one of my friends. We share a spiritual message with them and catch up on how they are doing and ask if we can help them in any way. In my personal life, I try to study the scriptures daily and pray to my Heavenly Father throughout the day. By doing so, I am able to receive revelation from God on how I can improve myself, and I am able to receive answers to my prayers. I support my husband in his efforts to be a good priesthood holder and try to be a good helpmeet for him. I try to be a good example to others in my words and deeds and try to keep my thoughts clean and pure. These all sound wonderful, but sometimes I mess up! (More often than I would like.) When I do, I pray to my Heavenly Father, ask for forgiveness from Him and from those whom I have wronged, try to rectify my wrong, and resolve to do better. Now that I am a mother, I have a responsibility and desire to teach my children these same concepts and I want to help guide them. I will ensure that they know of Heavenly Father's love for them. I feel that that is one of the most honorable ways that I can live my faith: helping others to know and come to Christ and Heavenly Father.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

By reading the scriptures we can better understand who God is. We can then learn more about who we are, why we are on the Earth, how we got here and how we can return to live with Heavenly Father. We can better understand the nature of God and that He is a loving Heavenly Father who wants the best for His children and wishes for our safe and happy return. We can learn more about our history and how others handled difficult situations. We can gain courage and faith and happiness. Our souls are our body and spirit together; when one is nourished, the other is also. By nourishing our spirit through direct connection - spirit to spirit - with the Holy Ghost, our mind, heart, and body also are nourished. We can feel better, think better, act better. I have had personal experiences with this throughout my life. An example, though general, is my ability to feel the difference between when I study the scriptures regularly and when I don't study or read them at all. When I read the scriptures regularly my mind is clearer, my thoughts are purer, and I feel a sense of direction in life. When I neglect my scripture study I start to feel more confused. I get angrier and annoyed much easier and am not able to help others as well. I lose track of what is really important and focus on what I lack and even gain a negative image of myself. Once I realize that I have been neglecting my scripture study, I try to rectify my wrong and always, always feel better once I get back on track. Show more Show less