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Hi I'm Laurel

I live in southern Alberta, Canada. I work with adults with disabilities and I'm a Mormon. I converted to the faith a year ago.

About Me

I was raised as a Lutheran pastor's kid. I have ten siblings and I grew up on Vancouver Island, in B.C., Canada. I went to university at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, and at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. I was baptized into the church on July 16, 2011 which was one of the best days of my life. Soon I hope to be married to my best friend, Dan. I love to laugh and have fun. What matters most to me is my family and friends and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because after being drawn to the church for years I finally got the opportunity to learn about the church. The more I learned, the more I realized that it's the true church and that beyond that, it is an incredibly accepting, fun, life-loving, and energizing place to be. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. No one pressured me to become a Mormon, and no one's asked me to prepare this profile online. Quite the opposite: I'm preparing this because I want others to know about the amazing truth I've found in the LDS Church, and the joy and peace I've come to have, as I've learned more and more about the Atonement of Christ and the Restoration of his church here on earth. I'm a Mormon because I love life, I love to laugh, and I love people. I'm goofy, and I'll never stop being who I am. Something I love about the church is that no one pressures me to be anything other than who I am, period. The church is so unlike the stereotypes that are out there, that I wish I could share that truth with everyone. I suppose that's why I'm creating this profile. I hope to serve the church someday as a stake missionary. I've been praying about it and I'd LOVE to do it. We'll see what my calling will be...I'm excited to learn about it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church each Sunday. I do my best to obey the 10 Commandments but of course I always mess up and sin like everyone so then I pray for forgiveness and work not to repeat my mistakes! I live what's called the Word of Wisdom: I don't drink coffee or tea or alcohol, I don`t do drugs, and I don't smoke. Recently I taught little kids each Sunday in what we call `Primary`(what most people know as, `Sunday School.`). My class was full of rambunctious monkies aged eight and nine years and boy, did we ever have some interesting discussions about faith, God, and family life! My students kept me on my toes and taught ME things, each week. I also live my faith by reading the Scriptures and praying daily, and LOVING GOD and loving all those around me. That is the single most powerful thing I can do to live my faith. Plus, I love to laugh and enjoy life. On a side note, believe me, Mormons aren't dour...I'm living proof of that. (I often laugh so hard I snort, but that's a different story...)

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Laurel
Oh, boy, this was a stumbling block for me when I initially looked into joining the church. Was I supposed to fill a subservient role to my hoped for future husband in our life together, and in the Church in general? Thankfully, the truth is that women's and men's roles in the Church are different, and one isn't more important than the other. The men have the priesthood because God set it up that way. Meanwhile, NOT behind the scenes but in fact walking right alongside the men, the women have different roles...and frankly if it wasn't for the women, the Church simply wouldn't function. And the men are the first people to admit this! Mormon women are encouraged to get a university education. They are considered equal to men in all respects in the church, and in fact I've found that men reserve a special reverence and respect for women in the church. As several men told me recently, "Men hold the priesthood because men require its strict precepts and expectations in order to stay in line, morally speaking. Women are generally by nature better than men, morally speaking, so they don't require all the strict guidelines the priesthood imposes." ...Yep. You heard me right. They said that. Mormon men aren't allowed to accept positions within the church without their wife's prior approval. Additionally at each and every Sunday church service a woman speaks from the pulpit, along with men. It's awesome. So ladies, fear not: This church rocks. Show more Show less