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Hi I'm Laura A. Mikulecky

I'm a Mormon. I joined the Church when I was 25-years-old, after the missionaries knocked on our door.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother of four, and a grandmother of 21. I enjoy creating things and developed my own business from an idea and have marketed design-your-own needleart kits for over thirty years. My newest interest is machine embroidery. I also enjoy building and remodeling, oil painting, writing books and doing genealogical research.

Why I am a Mormon

Early in my youth, I learned to love the scriptures — particularly the New Testament. I visited many protestant churches in an effort to find the Church described in the New Testament. When I felt I had exhausted all my possibilities, I finally turned to God. Since I couldn't find His Church, I asked if I should start one of my own. My prayer was answered three weeks later when the missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knocked on our door. I must admit I wasn't very open minded when I finally realized who they were and I told them, "You can't change me." One Elder responded, "No, we cannot change you. You have to change yourself." At that moment, a powerful feeling washed over me and I instinctively knew this would be my only chance to hear the truth, so I made an appointment to take the lessons. During a three week period, the missionaries answered all of my questions using the Bible and then introduced me to the Book of Mormon. As I read the Book of Mormon, I could feel the same sweet Spirit that I always felt while reading the Bible. When they challenged me to pray and ask God if the Book of Mormon was true, I was a little reluctant to do so. One of the missionaries said, "Don't ever be afraid to ask your Heavenly Father anything." When I finally knelt in sincere and humble prayer, I received a powerful witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon was true and that God and Jesus Christ loved me so much that they sent two young Elders to personally teach me the gospel of Jesus Christ. I joined the Church a few weeks later and it has been the best decision I ever made in my life.

How I live my faith

As a teen I was very shy — so shy that I would hide behind the student in front of me to avoid being called upon to speak in class. Now all that has changed. The Book of Mormon teaches, ". . . if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." (Ether 12:27) The Lord has surely performed a miracle, because now I can speak in front of a large group of adults. I know that it is the Lord who strengthens me when I speak. Since 1970, I have taught many adult gospel doctrine classes and served for eleven years as Director of Public Affairs for the Tyler Texas Stake. I am very involved in my community and have served as one of the leaders in a group that defends liberty and the American way of life. I have served as an election clerk and as an election judge in Cherokee County, Texas. I also enjoy teaching my neighbors and friends how to trace their family histories using the wonderful electronic tools we have on the Internet today.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Laura A. Mikulecky
I believe we owe our physical existence to our ancestors. Without them, we would never have been born. They gave us life. I believe we can return the favor. By being baptized for and in behalf of our departed loved ones, we can offer them the opportunity to be born again — to receive the spiritual rebirth that the Savior teaches is so necessary for all of us, if we are to enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5) Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Laura A. Mikulecky
True faith in Jesus Christ is to trust Him enough to obey His commandments — especially when we don’t want to. Then when the blessings come, we will know that it is God who is bestowing those blessings (John 7:17). That increases our faith in Jesus Christ. One of the best ways to begin having faith in Jesus Christ is to get to know Him. Start by reading His words in the scriptures. Make a list of His commandments as well as the blessings and consequences associated with each (Doctrine & Covenants 130:20-21). You might have to search and ponder the scriptures in order to complete that list. If you do so, you will come to understand that God gave us commandments to protect us. Jesus asks us to show our love for Him by obeying His commandments (John 14:15). He wants to bless all of us. I like to literally search the scriptures online at www.lds.org/scriptures. Show more Show less