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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to college to get a dual bachelor's degree in special education and elementary education. I spent the last two years teaching at a junior high school as a resource special education English teacher. I recently resigned to spend the next year at home with our baby boy who is due in October. I love reading, learning new skills, and doing projects.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints my entire life. I was born into the religion and was baptized at age 8. However, that does not mean I have always just blindly followed the religion and not questioned whether this was truly God's church. With the ups and downs of life, I have often questioned whether the doctrine I had been taught was true. Every time I have prayed to know if a principle is true, I have received confirmation that it is. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me unconditionally and who has sent me here to earth for me to learn and become like him. I know that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die for me and atone for my sins, that I might be resurrected and live with God again. I know that the only reason I can continue persevering in life despite the hardships that befall me is because I have a loving Savior, who through the atonement felt all of the grief I have and will feel in life. A Savior and Heavenly Father who will listen to my fears and concerns when I pray and succor me in times of need. I know this church is true because it encourages personal revelation and teaches that revelation and prophets still exist in this day and age. I am able to seek God's will for me as an individual so that I may fulfill my purpose on this earth. It also allows families to receive the blessings of being sealed eternally to each other. Through this sealing power, my husband and I along with our soon to be born son and any other children we will have will be a forever family unit, with the promise from God that if we live our life righteously we will not be separated. These truths bring me hope and help me to continually strive to be a better person and to work on enriching my personal relationships with my family.

How I live my faith

I live my religion by trying to be a good christian person and following Christ's teachings. This means being kind to those I meet and not being a "respecter of persons". I know it is not my place to judge those around me and so I strive to love those I meet without judgement. As a teacher, I felt I was given the opportunity to serve in my community by not only teaching curriculum but helping junior high students learn life lessons as well. Students age 12-14 are at a volatile age where they are making a lot of life decisions that can change their future. My goal as a teacher was to help students see their self worth and to spend as much time as I could helping them understand that someone in their life cared about their problems and concerns. Much of my class time was spent indirectly teaching the students that while they were only one person, they could make a difference. It was easy to bring life lessons to light while doing literature studies and talking about characters in the story and their emotional development. I taught students with different ability levels, some with autism, learning disabilities, emotional disabilities and cognitive disabilities. Since oftentimes these students came to me disheartened with others on campus touting that they couldn't do something or them feeling ostracized because of their disability, we focused on the positives of what they could do. Within the church, I have worked for 4 years with young girls ages 16-18. I love this calling because of the chance I get to be with these girls who are about to go off to college and start their new life! We talk frequently about the importance of getting an education and making good choices when they are on their own. I am always impressed by their high standards of living. I also have the chance to be part of a large network of amazing women who serve these girls with me. Working together allows us to grow and learn from eachother's life experiences and the girls.