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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a full-time missionary, BYU student, native Texan, and a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I have been extremely blessed over the past 4 years to have been able to attend 2 different universities (BYU-Idaho and BYU Provo) and have moved around quite a bit between Texas, Idaho, and Utah. I am so grateful for the c.e.s. schools and all the opportunities they've provided me with, like being able to travel to Europe. I've met so many wonderful people and the Lord has always blessed me with what I need. Right now I'm back home in Houston saving up for my mission in Russia (I report to the MTC April 25th). I'm so excited for the opportunity to serve a full-time mission in Russia and cannot wait to preach the gospel in a country where it was not always readily available to the people! After that I plan to head back to BYU in Provo to finish up my undergraduate degree as an art-history major and then I'll see where life takes me from there. I'm grateful for a loving Heavenly Father, the gospel, my education, my jobs, and not to mention a supportive family and the right friends! Some of my interests include: dance music but not dancing in particular, making mix cds, art history, visual culture, cupcakes, sushi, figure skating, classic Hollywood, fresh flowers, pinterest, design, good quotes, creativity, productivity, patience, education, and meeting and learning from different people. One day I hope to meet a man who will take me to the temple and will also serenade me on a rooftop...not too much to ask, right?

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was blessed to be raised by righteous parents who taught me correctly, but this didn't mean that I wouldn't have to gain a testimony and learn for myself that the gospel is true. I'm a mormon, because the gospel gives my life the meaning and eternal perspective I need so that I live it in the manner that I know will make me the happiest and bring me the most joy. I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father who provided a plan for me to come to earth so that I could learn and grow, but that it would not be without its challenges. I also know that my Savior Jesus Christ performed an infinite and eternal atonement so that I would be able to overcome my weaknesses and get back on my feet whenever I make a mistake. This knowledge has allowed me to get back on the right path at times in my life where I wasn't headed in the right direction. My testimony of the truth of the gospel came about by reading the Book of Mormon and praying to my Heavenly Father to know of the truth. I found that as I drew closer to my Heavenly Father, I saw his hand more and more in my life. I know that the times in my life where I am closest to my Savior and Heavenly Father are also the ones in which I am most happiest. I am also mormon, because I know that the gospel helps foster the greatest levels of happiness at home and in families. I know we have the agency to choose between right and wrong and I know that the commandments that God has given us and that his prophets give us are for our good. Many friends of mine have asked me why my church has so many "rules" and if its ever restrictive. My answer is always a resounding "no" because I know that by living and keeping the commandments and word of wisdom that I am actually more free-I have the self-mastery and control over my actions and freedom from any harmful addictions that cause heart-ache and pain.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving as a full-time missionary for the church and have been called to serve in the Moscow Russia West Mission. I am currently at the Missionary Training Center for my church in Provo, Utah, and will be leaving for Russia in 3 weeks. For a year and a half, I will spend my time preaching the gospel to the people of Russia. This means I will be taking a year and a half break from school, work, and dating to devote it to serving as an instrument in God's hand to bring others to Christ. I'm excited to get to know the people and to take on the challenge of learning the language! I know it will be the most challenging commitment I've made so far, but I'm excited to serve the Lord and to try to help others find the same joy and happiness that the gospel provides me with. Before my mission, I had a calling in church teaching 3 3year old girls in Sunday School and Primary. It was so much fun to be their teacher and interact with them! They are so sweet and innocent and I find that I learn a lot from them (especially patience!). I know that this calling has helped to prepare me for motherhood.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Laura
What is so beautiful about the gospel and the church, is that we know that God is knowable and cares, loves, and knows each and every one of his children individually. And even more beautiful is the fact that we can know our Heavenly Father as well if we only make the effort. The easiest way I've found to do this, is to pour out my heart to him in sincere prayer. I tell him my worries and ask for answers, while also always thanking him for everything he has blessed me with in my life. I find that when I need an extra measure of his love or extra strength whenever I am struggling, the best thing for me to do is to ask him in sincere prayer and to make sure that I am doing everything on my end to live my life righteously. We can pray anytime, anywhere. It doesn't have to be out loud-it can be a quick prayer in our heart. However the best times and places are usually ones that are private, where I can truly take the time to get on my knees and pour out my heart. Whenever I may start to feel forgotten or discouraged, I also find that it helps to write out a list of all the things I'm grateful for in my life, whether its my family, or even how beautiful and loving animals are, for the mountains, fresh flowers, etc. After I do that, I find that all of these things help me to realize and give me the evidence that Heavenly Father has blessed my life and is mindful of me. Show more Show less