What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Laurie

I am from Oregon. I am a mother of 3 grown children and I am a registered nurse. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a woman, a mother, a wife, a friend, a nurse. I have worked in women's health most of my career and I feel like it is a privilege to serve women, especially at such a life changing time as birth. I like to quilt, to go camping with my family, waterski,take long walks with our dog. Recently my husband and I got certified to go scuba diving. When I see amazing things from small little creature on the coral or huge turtles swimming right by me I am awed and I see the hand of God in every beautiful thing.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 13 years old we were challenged in our youth group to read the scripture, one chapter a day for a year. This daily habit was the beginning of my own spiritual journey beyond what I was taught as a child going to Church. I came to know Jesus Christ was my savior and that sometimes when I was reading, the words would apply to my current questions or life worries so directly that I knew that God was listening to me and giving direction just for me, even though those word are there for everyone.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has given me so many opportunities to serve. I feel like my spiritual growth has come by the little things. My husband and I have served in the nursery together and then watched those kids grow up and become young men and women of faith and character. I loved teaching primary (ages 3 to 11). Teaching Young children the gospel reminds me that the gospel really is simple and beautiful and about how we treat each other. I worked with the young women (age 12-18) You hear so much about selfishness of teenagers but I had the opportunity to work with girls who I truly admired as I saw them grow and make good choices and serve each other and their community as they followed Christ. Now I work in the women's organization. Every week I am strengthened by the collective wisdom of a group of women whose life experiences trying to follow the Savior uplifts me and gives me insight and hope. Through our visiting program I can help people who are in need, maybe with a ride to the Doctor, to pick up food distributed by the church or just listen.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

What are Mormon women like? Some of the strongest people I have ever met! I come from a long line of strong women. My mom is 77. She retired from nursing when she was 72, then she went rafting with friends down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. She water skied last summer and went snow skiing this winter. She loves to hike. She went down the zip line at the family reunion she was in charge of this summer. 120 members of our extended family attended. She works with a quilting guild in her community to provide quilts to disabled veterans. She has served in the church her whole life. She is a woman of faith and commitment to following her Savior. She loves my Dad and they raised 5 kids together. No one who has ever met my mother has ever thought, "I wonder if that woman feels inferior in anyway to men?" I can assure you that you would not think that if you met her either. One of my sisters was single until she was 36 years old. She has a masters degree, she went on a mission for our church to Paraguay and she served in the peace corp in Kazakhstan. She is an educator and taught middle school for non English speakers for many years. Now she teaches Spanish at a community college part time. She was able to have one child. She and her husband have been able to also adopt another child through foster care and they have another foster son and have fostered several children over the past few years. She serves in church and is a woman of faith. Show more Show less