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Hi I'm Laura

I grew up on Vancouver Island. I want to travel the world and practise medicine. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a quirky girl from a quirky little town. I love to travel, I'm on a competitive wrestling team, and I love humanitarian work. I love my faith, and I love my family. I dream of travelling to third world countries as a paediatrician (a doctor specifically for children), with non-profit organizations. I dream of someday getting married in the temple and living out my big dreams with my husband and children. My faith gives me a great perspective on life and has given me experiences I'd never give up. And it's given me the confidence in myself and who I am as a daughter of God to pursue things I wouldn't have thought possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and raised by a Mormon family. When I grew into my teenage years, I decided that I wanted to know for myself that this was truly something worth holding onto as I began my adulthood. I questioned anything I thought could be questioned. I talked to other young men and women, I talked to my bishop, and I talked to my parents. I read books and looked through websites that were approved or written by church members and leaders. And when I thought I'd found an answer to a question, I got on my knees and I prayed. And over some time and after many confirmations, I found that I couldn't deny the truth of this gospel. Through answers to my prayers, the testimonies of others, and the support of my family and friends, I was converted, and my heart was changed. It's not always, in fact it's rarely ever, a significant, loud event that brings you to this church. It's more often a curiosity that leads to experimentation. You decide to try it out for yourself, to see if this can really be true, and over time, if you prepare a place for a seed of faith, that faith starts to grow. Alma 32 has been one of my absolute favourite chapters in the scriptures. In this section it says that believing starts with a desire to believe. Just wanting to believe in something so beautiful, that's how it starts. Or at least that's how it started for me. And over months and years of having my testimony grow and becoming more and more sure of this church, I have become proud of my faith.

How I live my faith

I work with other young women in my church. I love the youth and I love being one of them. I live at the end of the road, in a town of about 1200. It can be tough, really tough, to be the only member of my age group not only in Tofino where I live, but in Ucluelet, where I go to school. Even in Port Alberni (it's a smaller town, but it's our big city), there's one other young woman. It is a lot of pressure to know I'm representing my entire church to so many people, most of who haven't had the chance to hear anything about it. I share whenever I get the chance, and I love to be asked questions, and thank heavens, because the questions sure do come. Living my faith makes me different, and although being different can be demanding, it makes me who I am.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

I believe that the Bible is most definitely the word of God, and that it's just as essential to spiritual learning as the Book of Mormon is. It teaches us about the life of Jesus Christ and His teachings, and it has provided me with answers to prayers and with lessons about life and God, as well as His son. Show more Show less