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Hi I'm Laura

I love books, popcorn, craft projects, music, and laughter. I am a nursing student. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho. I am the oldest of two children. I love playing games, visiting, and working with my family. I am a college student. School is definitely challenging, but I enjoy it. Years ago, I decided that I wanted to be a nurse "when I grew up." I am fascinated by the human body, I am compassionate, and I enjoy serving others. I was recently accepted into the nursing program, and I look forward to pursuing a degree in that field. I also enjoy playing the piano, playing the violin, dancing, reading, cooking, and sewing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the gospel is true. I was raised in an LDS home, and I have been taught the gospel my entire life. These circumstances were certainly beneficial to the initial foundation of my testimony; however, without my own personal knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel, this testimony would have crumbled. I don't remember a specific moment that I suddenly knew the gospel was true. Rather, it was a series of simple moments that have made my testimony strong. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me. I know that He hears and answers my prayers. I know that He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth because he loves us. I know that the atonement is real, and that because of the atonement I can repent when I make mistakes. I know that I can return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ someday. I know that the true church was restored on the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that the church is led by a living prophet today--President Thomas S. Monson. I know that families can be together forever. The gospel makes me happy and brings me peace. I also love that the gospel of Jesus Christ is always constant despite the ever-changing ways of the world. I am thankful for the truths that I know. These truths have made my testimony strong, and I know that despite the challenges that will come in my life, I will continue to live the gospel.

How I live my faith

I have chosen to attend a church university where I have the opportunity to incorporate my faith into every day activities. Many classes begin with prayers, and we have the opportunity to take religion classes. At the university, we are asked to live the Honor Code which helps us exemplify our beliefs through our actions. I have also noticed that as I diligently pray and study the scriptures each day, I am blessed temporally (in school, with friends) as well as spiritually. I often incorporate service into my life. I participated in an Adopt-A-Grandparent program for a year and a half. I loved the meaningful service I was able to provide others within the program, and I continue to appreciate this experience in my own life. I was able to serve both as a volunteer and as a director of the program. I also participate and serve within my own ward. I have served as a visiting teacher for women, and as a primary teacher for children. I am currently serving in the Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Mission. I am grateful for this opportunity I have to share the gospel with the people in Mongolia. The gospel continually makes me happy, and I am looking forward to sharing that happiness with others.