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Hi I'm Laura

Student, blogger, dreamer, optimist, and... I'm a Mormon!

About Me

About me? You mean summarize myself, everything I am and want to be in 1500 characters or less? That's an interesting request! I'll do my best! And that rhymed! I'm currently a student at Brigham Young University, halfway through my sophomore year. I returned from serving a full-time proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the great state of Texas (oh yeah!) about a year ago. Now that I'm back, I'm deciding what I want to study, reaching for the stars, loving life, and trying to get more sleep than I actually do. I'm currently considering BYU's communications major with an advertising emphasis, so we'll see where that takes me. I come from a family of seven: Mom, Dad, Me, three brothers, one sister. I'm the second oldest child, only one so far to serve a mission and first to go to college. I really love my family a lot. They are amazing. They've overcome so much and always supported and encouraged me in my desires to be and do my best. I was a home schooler from fifth grade through high school, so my family really has always been there for me. As far as interests, I love music, soccer, mountain canyons, stories, lying in tall grass, making people laugh, dancing, writing, and spending time with those I love. I play the piano and am in the process of learning both the ukulele and guitar. More than anything, I want to make a difference in the world. I want to be able to touch others for good and help them meet their fullest potential.

Why I am a Mormon

Mormonism makes so much sense to me. It's basic cause and effect: you put in a positive effort to do good, you become a better person and good things come to you, and if you seek out negativity, you'll get negativity and disappointment in return. More than that, I've felt Heavenly Father's knowledge of me and love for me in my life. People act as if the things you feel in your heart and know in your mind must inevitably be two different contrasting things. There is an attitude that only things of the mind are concrete and unquestionable. I reject this view, because frequently, in living the things taught in the LDS church, I find that what I think and what I feel are complimentary. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings me both peace of mind and peace of heart.

How I live my faith

I really just try to do and be my best every single day. Honestly, I mess up a lot, but I try to not let that keep me down. I try to smile and treat others with kindness. It's not always easy, but I try. I really love talking with people, getting to know them one on one, learning who they are. As I do this, I try to understand how I can help them to overcome the hard things in their life, how they can reach for their greatest potential. This always leads me to direct them to our Savior, Jesus Christ, and His atoning sacrifice on our behalf. I know that all of life's trials can be overcome through Him and His infinite grace and mercy, and I try my best to help others to feel and understand that. Also, I'm striving to use social media to show others the joy and happiness that I have in my life, sharing who I am, my struggles and successes, everything I want to become, and then helping others to see how the Savior's gospel is what's helped me to get where I am. I try to reach out whenever I can and I love testifying of the things that I know to be true.