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Hi I'm Laree

I'm a college student, a little sister to 9 older siblings, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a college student studying Public Health. I am the youngest of 10 children. Sharing a home with 12 people was crazy sometimes, but it made me who I am. I am a photographer, a cake decorator, and a cook. I love food- making, decorating, and eating it! I love making things look cute, it doesn't matter what it is! As a true younger sibling, I hate missing out on anything- games, weekend with family, or even just a good conversation. I love helping people feel empowered. My religion is everything to me. Knowing that I am a beloved daughter of a Heavenly Father has anchored and stabilized me through the storms of life. I am so grateful that I've had the blessings of the restored Gospel my entire life and can't imagine my life without it. I recently returned from a full-time mission in the California Arcadia Mission. I had the privilege to serve among the Latino population there. It was incredible and by far one of the best decisions I've ever made. In those short 18 months, my testimony of the reality of the Restoration was confirmed. I know that this Gospel is full and true. I learned of the power of covenant keeping and am so grateful that the authority to make those covenants was brought back by our loving Heavenly Father. I love speaking Spanish and a good plate of Mexican food.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been blessed with the gospel my entire life, and am so grateful for that. It's brought me alot of strength, and so many blessings. Because of it, I know I can live with my family forever. It gives me a perspective on life and helps me understand why we have trials in our life. I can actually say that I am grateful for those challenges because without them I never change! This Gospel helps me change everyday to become more of the person I want to become, and espcially the person my Heavenly Father wants me to become. It's given me the power and strength to reach a my potential and to do things I never thought I could do. I do not have any one moment that made me decide to be a Mormon. However, I have accumulated many small moments throughout my life, where I have felt God's love for me or for someone else, when I have gained a soft confirmation that certain principles are true, and when I do something hard and know it was because the Lord was beside the the whole way. I am a Mormon because I recieve a lot of strength from it. This is where I have come to know Christ more personally than through any other way.

How I live my faith

I live my faith simply by consitently doing the things I've been taught all my life. I love reading the sciptures every day. No matter how many times I read them, I still learn more. Prayer has played a huge role in my life. Whenever I feel stressed, confused, or happy, kneeling down and expressing my feelings to God helps me feel peace. I think that's always been my favorite thing about prayer and reading the scriptures, is the peace that comes when I do that. I also love attending church every Sunday. There, I learn more about the principles of the Gospel and am able to support others and recieve support from other people. I'm able to recieve the peace of forgiveness through the Atonement of Jesus Christ as I attend church every Sunday, which plays a huge part in my relationship with God. I've learned to love service. I have been blessed so much in my life. It's amazing to me that when we serve others, not only are they blessed, but so are we! There is so much we can learn from people as we serve them and try to lift them up. I've spent most of my life around people that aren't members of the church and if anything, this has blessed me even more. Through the examples of my family, I learned what it means to "let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your God, which art in heaven". I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be enriched by the good people around me and to hopefully enrich their lives as well in the process.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

God chooses His prophets! Just like in the Bible times, God will always call His prophets. It may seem odd in our day, but God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! He does not change. I am so grateful for this obvious demonstration of His love for His children still. He does not want us to be lost and confused, anymore than He did any of His children in times past. Because of His love, He has blessed us with someone to guide His church. What a blessing! This does not distract from having a personal relationship with Heavenly Father. It only enhances our ability to follow Him. Show more Show less