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Hi I'm Laurel

I'm a pediatric resident physician in Michigan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My schoolwork has taken me all over the country - Michigan is the fourth state I've lived in during the past 10 years. I recently graduated from medical school in Utah, and my husband I and I chose to move to Michigan so that he could attend law school and I could complete my pediatric residency training. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy improving my photography skills, trying new vegetarian cuisine, and exploring Michigan's Great Lakes and ever-changing seasons.

Why I am a Mormon

I have not always been a Mormon. Growing up, I did not have any particular religious background, but was curious about religion. I suspected a higher power existed but didn't know who God was and knew even less about Christ. In high school and especially in college, I attended many different religious services with friends. One of these was the Mormon church. Every time I attended I felt a spirit of peace and familiarity. I had many different Mormon friends and was always impressed by their kindness, happiness, and the examples they set. Little by little, over the span of several years, I started asking questions of my Mormon friends and reading parts of The Book of Mormon. This not only helped me understand about the Church, but also increased my understanding of who Christ is and why He matters in my life. My junior year of college I spent several months abroad in Australia, and met a classmate who had recently been baptized as a Mormon. She was able to teach me about Joseph Smith, the Church, and the gospel of Jesus Christ from the perspective of someone who had just been converted. I finished reading The Book of Mormon and began to earnestly pray for the first time in my life. Again I felt the same sweet spirit of peace that helped me know that what I was learning was true. After I returned from Australia I started meeting with Mormon missionaries and attending church. As I began to follow God's commandments and make Him and His church the center of my life I was filled with a happiness that I had never before experienced. I came to know that Jesus Christ really did live and die for me, that His atonement could comfort my sorrows and forgive my imperfections, that He restored His church in our day with the help of prophets and apostles, and that His true church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was baptized in the spring of 2004, a decision that continues to bring me peace and joy that is beyond description.

How I live my faith

Music has always been a very important part of my life. It is also a regular part of our church services and is an important part of my worship experience. Over the years I have had many opportunities to participate in the music at church in the form of playing the piano or the organ, or by singing in various choirs or simply as a member of the congregation. Doing so has always brought me closer to the Savior and has often given me answers to prayers.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

One of the blessings God has given us is to speak directly with Him through prayer. We can ask Him questions, and if we listen closely He will always give us answers. When you are learning about the Mormon church and want to know whether what you are learning is true, simply ask! Because He loves us, God wants each of us to receive this answer for ourselves, not just believe because someone else told us to. He gives answers in many ways, and it is different for everybody. For me, it was a feeling of warmth and peace that I felt while praying, reading scriptures, and attending church. Another way you can receive this answer is by living the way that God asks us to live and following His commandments. As you do, you will feel increased happiness and joy, and your life will feel more full. That is also an answer! Show more Show less