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Hi I'm Laura

I'm from California, I want to be an artist someday, I can make a mean batch of peanut butter cookies and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, let's see....I've been going to college for the past 2 years or so, during which I took a semester off from school to go and volunteer in Moscow, Russia as an English teacher. Not exactly the smartest thing to do when you've never lived on your own before, but I don't regret it. In other news, I love to read and write and draw and all those quiet, boring-sounding things that actually aren't boring at all. I'm also a rather avid fan of RPG games, and have played through the Mass Effect series a couple times, along with Portal/Portal 2 (Portal 2 is my favorite, and always will be) and the Dragon Age series. Luckily, I've managed to stay on top of my schooling alongside all this gaming, and am hoping to go on to major in Art Conservation/Restoration by the time I reach grad school. Maybe. If I can overcome my terrible math skills and get through the chemistry course. One can only pray....and study until 2 a.m......

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I better start off by stating that I am not a convert, at least not in the way you're thinking. I was born and raised in the church. My dad was also raised in the church, but my mother was a convert. Her conversion story has always been a great inspiration for me, and it helped me to truly convert when I struggled with it. True conversion comes when you start to have your own testimony of the church, not built upon other people's testimonies or what they've told you to believe. You have to come up with the answers yourself eventually. When I was about 17 or so, I began to question my 'beliefs', such as they were (I didn't really 'believe' at that point - I just went to church and did churchy things. You could say I was paying lip-service.) There was a time when I was very confused and lost about what was true and what could have been made up. There was even a time when I couldn't bring myself to believe in God, because it just didn't seem logical (at the time) to believe in an all-knowing, all-powerful divine being that I had never seen or spoken to before. While this idea seemed the likely truth, I felt no happiness in it. My world felt empty and dark. I couldn't take hope in a world without God. Maybe it was because God has always been a part of my life, always a part of my beliefs, and I couldn't handle not believing in him. Or maybe not. Who knows? I studied, and prayed, and eventually found evidence for myself that there is a real, living God, who created this Earth and watches over us. It's up to us to have faith in him, even in times of strife. I have been through many terrible trials in my life, but they never felt so terrible when I felt that someone was watching over me and loving me no matter what. I've felt his love, and I can bear testimony of having prayers answered, often in ways I never expected. My faith has been the greatest comfort and the greatest strength in my life, and it always will be.

How I live my faith

At the time of this writing, I am about to embark on one of the coolest and probably most terrifying part of my education (thus far) by going on a mission to Arizona. I've never been very vocal about my faith - I've never had much opportunity or desire to speak about it. I grew up in a small town that was home to many faiths, but for some reason the subject never really came up when I was a kid or even when I was a teenager (with the exception of Propisition 8 and the controversy surrounding it, but that's another story). Having been more or less on my own and living in Utah/Idaho these past few years, however, I've come to understand how I live my faith: by never giving up on it, and always doing my best to understand it. I don't always have the answers, but I can get them, or else I know they will come to me when the time is right. I know that I've always been happiest when I was living by my faith (and believe me, I have struggled with it, long and hard) and I don't ever want to give that up. I also want to respect other people's free agency, and allow them to speak their minds and discuss their ideas even when I don't entirely agree with them (especially when the people I'm talking to are also Mormons - we all different ideas, even within our religion! And you know what? That's not a bad thing). That is how I live my faith. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Laura
Absolutely! We believe in and read the Holy Bible just as often as we do the Book of Mormon. Our belief is that the Book of Mormon is an addition to it, supporting and exalting it as Holy Scripture. We include both as part of our teaching, and even as part of our physical scriptures - we often use what we call 'combination scriptures', which (as you can probably guess) is a combination of the Bible and the Book of Mormon as one book. It's very large, impressive and heavy, and we are encouraged to read and re-read both as often as possible. Show more Show less