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Hi I'm Laura

I am a singer. I am a photographer and gardener. I am a wife and stepmom. I'm a convert, the only one in my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert. I joined the church in January 2009 after investigating for 17 years. I am the only member in my family and that can sometimes be really hard. I was born in California, lived in Northern Virginia for 10 years as a child and then moved back to Southern California. I was raised a Catholic and it gave me a great foundation and moral center. I work full time. I am a classically trained singer, I love to take landscape photographs, to garden and I married a wonderful man last year. I have 3 amazing step kids and I have never been happier.

Why I am a Mormon

I had a wonderful childhood with great parents. I was raised as a Catholic and went to Catholic high school. I loved it. It gave me a wonderful foundation. I moved to Utah to go to college and could not help but learn about the church. It is everywhere here. I was pretty defensive at the beginning, but soon developed very deep friendships with many members of the church. I would ask a lot of questions and I had the missionary discussions four times over 17 years. I made some mistakes in my life along the way and found myself pretty lost and suffering from severe depression. I stopped praying, stopped reading scripture and just kind of gave up on God. I still believed in Him, but I figured that we had each let each other down. Finally, one night, I fell to my knees in despair and prayed, "I don't know what to do. You will have to shove me down the road that you want me to take because I don't know what to do. But whatever I'm doing now, isn't working." The next day the missionaries knocked on my door. So I decided to take the discussions again. This time it all just fell into place. I had such clarity of thought and feeling. I knew with my head and my heart that the gospel was true. That this is what I was supposed to do. It has hurt my family and they don't understand my choice, but every day I get confirmations and my testimony of the truth is strengthen in one way or another. I have experimented on the word, and prayed for answers. I have gotten them. I have had answers that came quietly, and I have had answers that burned within me. I have heard the words of direction clearly in my mind and I have the slightest feelings of confirmation gently fall as feathers upon me. Line upon line Heavenly Father has taught me. But I had to make myself teachable. I had to ask for the help and the guidance. All Heavenly Father asks of us is to be humble and to come to Him. Once we do that, He opens the door.

How I live my faith

I am active in my ward. It is the best ward! When I joined the church I was just welcomed with open arms and "adopted" by many sweet and wonderful people. I am a visiting teacher, so I go once a month to visit women and share a spiritual message and check on their temporal needs. I am the ward choir director. I have a choir of about 30 people with varying degrees of skills and experience, but who love to sing and share the spirit in a way that only music can. We practice once a week and sing in church once a month. My husband and I try to help with community service projects when we can. I attend my church meetings each week and it recharges my spirit and brings me peace. I also learn so much about the gospel and how to be a better person. I speak in church when asked and try to comment in classes. I pray at least twice a day and read my scriptures daily. Oh how I love to read the scriptures! I get such wisdom and strength from their words. I get answers to specific questions and revelations I wasn't expecting. By doing these simple things, my testimony grows stronger and stronger. I know that I can pray for guidance and for answers and that they will come. Sometimes the answers don’t come right away. Life still has many challenges and some hard days, but I know that I have my testimony and the gospel to hold on to. They are my lifeline to my Savior and my Heavenly Father.