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Hi I'm Lainey.

I grew up in Norman. I am a runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Norman, Oklahoma. I currently attend Norman High School and I plan on attending the University of Oklahoma after I graduate. Subjects that I am really passionate about are Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Spanish. Things that make me happy, other than the gospel, are running, singing, painting, The Office, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because the gospel of the Mormon Church is true! Although I was baptized into the church at the age of eight, my true conversion was when I read the Book of Mormon the summer after my freshman year in high school. I have always known the church is true, but after reading The Book of Mormon I truly developed a testimony of my own. In addition to that, I am really grateful for the church's organization: Being able to go to an LDS church building anywhere in the world and experience the same spirit and share the same doctrine has truly blessed my life. Also, because my dad's side of the family is not Mormon, I have witnessed for myself the true blessings that come from holding the priesthood and/or having it in a home. Also, because Oklahoma isn't exactly jam-packed with LDS youth, I have also seen and gained a testimony of the light carried by the youth who are keeping the standards described in "For The Strength of Youth," a pamphlet with direction for the young men and young women of the church. I am so proud to be a member of this church, and I am proud of all the wonderful people I know because of it. I am also very grateful to know of the Savior's perfect love for me, and for the joy He brings into my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to follow its standards and by asking my Father to grant me with his Spirit to guide me in my thoughts, words, and deeds every day. I strive to be an example to others and bring them the blessings that I have received from living the gospel. Another important way that I live my faith is by using The Atonement of Christ when I falter and continuing on with the resolve to improve. I am also the First Counselor for the 16 and 17 year-old young women in my youth group.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The reason that only some Mormons are allowed into temples is because they are not prepared to enter. First, a member of the church must be at least twelve years of age to enter the temple unless they are being sealed to their parents. Twelve years is viewed as a rite of passage in the church: It is when a boy or a girl become a young man or a young woman and officially enter the Young Men/Young Women program in the church. In addition to being twelve years or older, members of the church must be worthy to enter the temple. The temple is the most holy building in existence. It is a symbol of purity and light. Therefore, the people of the church are required to follow the standards of the church (which mold the individuals into examples of these attributes), if they wish to receive the blessings that come from entering the temple. Thankfully, because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, members of the church have the ability to repent and be forgiven of their sins, becoming completely worthy to enter the temple. So although some Mormons are temporarily unprepared for entrance into the temple, all Mormons are given the wonderful opportunity of preparing for those blessings. Show more Show less