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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a full time grad student and mother. I like to paint and I love to run. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, mother of a toddler, and masters student in Public Policy. I've previously studied Economics and some Graphic Design, and I worked for a year as an analyst at an economic consulting firm. In the future I hope to work both raising my children and evaluating and making education policy. I love spending time outdoors with my family. My husband and I like to run, ride our bikes, and go camping together. I love running and I love dancing; I was on a folk dance team for a few years in college. I also enjoy painting, cooking, and design. And we can't forget about music! I spent many years studying the piano and oboe, and I was so excited when we recently got a piano of our own. I even painted it bright yellow; now both the music and the actual piano can cheer me up!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because this gospel gives me happiness and peace and it just makes sense. I know that I am a daughter of God and that he loves me. The first time I remember feeling the Spirit of God was when this was affirmed to me at the age of nine. And knowing that we are cherished children of the most powerful being should make all of us happy. It's easy for me to feel overwhelmed by my inadequacies as a mother, wife, neighbor, and friend. But this gospel teaches that I can pray to the Lord and he will make up for what I lack. Not only will he forgive me for my sins, but he will help me do the things that I otherwise could not. This knowledge has brought me so much peace and comfort. There are still times when I get bogged down and somehow overlook these truths, but as a Mormon I am frequently reminded of them and am thankfully never down for too long. And finally, there have been many times that I've read something in the Book of Mormon or heard something in a Sunday School lesson that causes a lightbulb to switch on in my brain. This gospel explains perfectly where we come from, where we are going, and what we need to do to be happy. I still have many questions for the Lord, but I have yet to receive an answer that hasn't made perfect sense. I gained a testimony of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon as a teenager. I had many opportunities growing up to visit the birthplace of Joseph Smith in Sharon, Vermont and the church's visitor's center there. As I learned about this man's life and the many great and difficult things he accomplished, I felt I got to know him, and the Spirit assured me that he was a prophet and man of God.

How I live my faith

One simple way that I live my faith is by reading my scriptures each morning and evening. I often read the Book of Mormon on the bus on the way to school; it's a wonderful way to clear my head before filling it all day with information about classes and assignments. We also make a point to read together as a family each night when we put our baby to sleep. I want to help my son come to know his Savior and learn how much he is loved. I've also made the decision not to do any school work while I'm home with my son. I wake up early and study at school or save my homework for after bedtime, but when I'm with my baby I'm all his. This might not seem like a religious decision, but the teachings of the church on the importance of families have helped me understand how precious my time with him is. The early mornings and late nights are tiring but I think they are worth it and I have seen miracles in my ability to get things done because of it. I set aside time each month to visit with two women in my church. One is a young mother here temporarily while her husband is in school (much the same situation as me), while the other is an older, long-time resident with no children. While we are technically 'assigned' by the church's women's group to meet with each other, these meetings have helped us become friends, and that's something that all three of us needed.