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Hi I'm Laura Runolfson

I'm a Mormon. I'm a Christian. I'm a nurse. I'm a stay-at-home mom.

About Me

I am a mom of three high energy girls. Even though I am a nurse, I feel blessed to be able to be at home with my girls for this season of my life. I enjoy spending time with my little family or extended family when we can get together. I enjoy bargain shopping and keeping things organized around my house. I grew up in Utah but have lived outside of Utah 8 or so years of my adult life. Through these years, I've enjoyed meeting people in the community who have my same values. Even though our religions may differ, I enjoy learning from them and appreciate then having quality friends for my children to associate with. There are still plenty of good people in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I know this is His church that he taught the people when he lived on Earth. I know it was then later restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that since I was baptized a member of this church at the age of eight, everyday since, I represent Christ's name and try to become more like Him each day. It is comforting to know that I can repent everyday of my mistakes and imperfections and work towards my goal of returning to live with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ someday. I am grateful for the peace, joy and direction this religion has given me throughout my life. I know we have a loving Heavenly Father that knows us individually and watches over us. I am grateful that I feel that love when I pray. I am grateful for temples; That because I was married there, my children are sealed to me and my husband forever. I appreciate the peace & clarity I feel there when I visit any of the temples.

How I live my faith

I am the primary president in our ward. I learn so much from these sweet little children. I know they are strong valiant spirits that have been saved to come to Earth to live in these latter days. They are strong spirited little people to be able to stand for truth and righteousness amongst much evil in the world today. I am in awe of their meekness and purity of heart. I feel they are whom Jesus would mingle with if he were here. I enjoy visiting teaching a number of sisters each month in our ward. It gives me a chance to get to know them better. My love for them grows, I appreciate them, and then hopefully after establishing a better friendship, they feel comfortable calling on me for help in their time of need. If it wasn't a specific assignment, it isn't something that most of us would do within our busy life schedules. So, it gives us an extra push to do what we know we should- Get out and visit and befriend each other more than we would otherwise.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Laura Runolfson
"Mormons" is a nickname for our church. We are often referred to as such because we believe in the Book of Mormon. Mormon himself, was an ancient american prophet in the Book of Mormon. That is the connection. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Laura Runolfson
They don't understand. They tell others what we believe and they themselves are not even part of this religion. How do they know what we believe? They say that because they say if we believe in more than just the Bible we are a cult. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Laura Runolfson
If you dress modestly and cover your body you are more likely to be more chaste in your thoughts and actions. Others looking at you dressed modestly will also be more likely to be chaste in their thoughts and actions. It goes both ways too for if you are not dressed modestly. If you are scantily covering your body and in tight revealing clothes, the opposite effect is sure to occur. Others looking at you may think you have a certain character, a loose character, even if you don't. They'll make that judgement call based on how you are dressed. I have three daughters, 10, 6 and 4 years old. I have taught them since 3 years old to dress modestly. They know that word well and apply it even while young. We wear sleaves that covered their shoulders and swim suits that cover their tummies. We talk about their bodies as holy dwellings for their spirits, so it's important to dress accordingly. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Laura Runolfson
I am not perfect, none of us are. Our loving Father in Heaven knew that we'd make mistakes. Because of this love, He sent his son Jesus Christ to Earth to be our Savior. He allowed His loving Son to die and suffered for all of our sins. Because of him, I am so grateful I can repent each day of even the little things I do wrong. Little daily imperfections or more grievous sins, we can be forgiven. So, because I have a Savior and can repent, it allows me a chance to keep trying each day to become more like Jesus and continue to work towards my goal of returning to live with Jesus and my Heavenly Father in Heaven someday. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Laura Runolfson
I know there is a God in heaven when I look at the beauty of the Earth; Marvelous creations for us to enjoy each day as we look around. I am a nurse. Studying the human body makeup gives no mistake to the fact that someone greater than us created our bodies. And they didn't evolve this way in their majesty from a monkey or ape. I know we have a loving Heavenly Father who created us in his own image. He and his Son Jesus Christ look like we do, with bodies of flesh and blood. Show more Show less