What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Laura Anne.

I am a daughter of God, a mommy's helper, a sister, a friend, a pianist, a reader, and a MORMON!

About Me

I am 18 years old. I'm currently wrapping up my senior year of high school. I attend a beautiful school in downtown Dallas, a performing arts high school, where I have learned a lot about the arts and have made some fabulous friends. While I study music here, I do not wish to pursue a career in that field. Music is more of a hobby for me. I plan, rather, to become a Speech and Language Pathologist. I think it will be a lot of fun to use things like sign language and audiology to help children learn to communicate with their loved ones. Hopefully I can make at least a small impact in the world by helping out that way. I am the oldest of seven children. That in itself might tell you everything else about me. ;) I love children, babies, family, babysitting, cooking, etc... and although I don't love it QUITE as much, I can do laundry and dishes and all kinds of cleaning, too. I'm your typical "Molly Mormon," I guess! As I mentioned earlier, I LOVE music. I've played piano since I was 9 years old. I've also played French horn since I was 14 and have been singing (mostly just making sounds that seem decent enough to me) ever since I learned "Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree" in my nursery class at church. But piano is my main instrument and the one that I love the most. Playing piano takes up most of my free time. Besides that, I read and socialize with my friends. I won't deny that I spend more time than I should on Facebook and my phone and my blog!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because, quite simply, I am miserable without the church! I'm not even exaggerating here! If there are even just a couple of weeks that I do not attend a church meeting or activity, I become very sad and depressed. Life will begin to seem meaningless. My self esteem will fall significantly. I am deprived of the joy, energy, and light that the gospel brings in to my life. Partaking of the Sacrament (partaking of the bread and water, symbolic of Christ's body; repenting of my mistakes and wrongdoings from the past week as I renew my baptismal covenants with my Heavenly Father and remember the atonement of our Savior) each week gives me strength. It helps me remember that I will always make mistakes, but that if I remain humble--always repentant of my sins--and continuously work towards Christ-like perfection, I will be allowed to return to my Heavenly Father. This is because of the tender mercy of our loving Savior and his atoning sacrifice. This knowledge, along with that of my being a beloved daughter of such a miraculous God, also gives me HOPE. I love the gospel. It is true. I know this with all of my heart. We DO have a Father in heaven who loves us and watches over us and wants more than anything for us to have all of the glory and happiness that He has. He has made this possible by sending His only begotten Son to live and die for us. He has also helped us by sending us the scriptures (the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon, translated--NOT MADE UP--by the prophet Joseph Smith) and modern prophets and apostles to lead us and guide us in these latter days. We are given many commandments and advice and laws to live by. They seem so hard sometimes, but with the help of the Holy Spirt, we CAN keep those rules. By doing so, we receive the blessings and happiness that ONLY LIVING THE GOSPEL can bring to us. That's why I'm a Mormon. I simply can't find that happiness by doing anything else. And I WANT to be HAPPY. :)

How I live my faith

I am very active in the church, thanks to the support of my family and church leaders. I attend every Sunday for the basic meetings that our church revolves around. I also go on Wedesday nights for youth group activities. As a young adult we are provided with dances and parties, too--usually about 1 per month. I have served as class president for the youth in my Ward (the LDS term for a smaller division within our Stake, which is kinda like a city within a county), as well as a youth activities director/chairperson in our Stake. I love to serve those in need. Service projects are a ton of fun for me. When I was 13, I received my Personal Progress Award, which is a medallion that young women in our church who complete a large set of self-edifying values and projects are given. As the oldest of seven kids, I naturally get dozens of babysitting jobs in the Ward. When I babysit, I always include prayer and scripture study and church songs as part of the routine. I love to share the gospel; to teach it and to share this wonderful gift with others. I really try to sound less preachy, though, and to teach more by EXAMPLE as I live the gospel principles myself. The Young Womens theme/motto is perhaps the best description of the way that I am trying to live my life right now: "We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him. We will 'stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places (Mosiah 18:9)' as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are: Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Good Works, Integrity, and Virtue. We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation." I try my best to stand for truth and righteousness, and to glorify our Father in Heaven by living a clean and virtous and obedient life.