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Hi I'm Laura Friedman

Grew up Jewish. Single mom of two adult children in college. Sports fanatic. Love travel. Business owner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single mom of 2 fantastic adult children who are both pursuing higher educations. I love photography and travel. I am a sports fan - from high school to professional. I love studying and researching biblical topics and history. I own several technology businesses - IT services, web services, remote support services, and blogging/membership sites. I am also a certified professional life and business coach, with a current focus on helping small business leverage technology to empower business results. I've been to Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central America and many parts of the US. To overcome my fear of heights, water and snakes I've been snorkeling in Hawaii, para-sailing over Acapulco Bay and wrapped myself with a Burmese python. I've been skiing in Aspen, zip-lining in Costa Rica and helicopter riding in Kauai - just to name a few. I love traveling!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Jewish and married a Jewish man. I became a Christian in 2002 and 7 months later my husband filed for divorce, while I was in bed recovering from back surgery. I made a choice then to follow God for the rest of my life. As a new Christian, I witnessed inconsistencies between what I was studying and what I was seeing in church. There were too many parts of the scriptures that were being left out, too much conceding to cultural pressure. I wasn't happy but didn't know where else to go. I became interested in the LDS church in early 2012, after my son had been spending a lot of time hanging out with "his Mormon friends". Since I was taught in the evangelical church that the Mormon faith was a cult, I was a little concerned. I started doing my own research and not only realized it wasn't a cult, but that it was sound in doctrine and principle. God called me to choose the Mormon faith. It was not a faith I ever thought I would consider. It is a faith that has commitments and standards that all members are expected to strive for. It has additional scriptures beyond the Old & New Testaments. Mormons are expected to participate in church beyond Sunday. The Mormon faith is not for the faint of heart! But trust me - it all makes sense. It is the closest to biblical principles of any denomination I know, provides a powerful structure and overwhelming peace. Take the time to find out about the Mormon faith. I'm certain you'll be pleasantly surprised!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following God, studying the scriptures, striving to be and do the best I can every day, giving to others, giving to my church, volunteering in the resource room at church, and volunteering for various church-related service projects in and around the community.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Laura Friedman
The Mormon faith believes that it is each member's responsibility to have a job or business that independently sustains them separate from the church. Paul was a tentmaker when he went around and spread the Gospel. The Mormon faith also believes that each member should contribute to the church with their time and talents. Think about it: churches around the world would look dramatically different if every member had their own job or business apart from the church AND gave their time to address one or two needs in the church. As someone who came from other denominations, as well as several synagogues, I can tell you that their is no conflict of interest in the Mormon Church. Everyone is a volunteer. No one has to worry about a pastor standing up and speaking from self-interest or self-concern. There's no pastor's mortgage to pay, staff salaries to pay, and no amenities to finance. Everyone attends the Mormon church with ONE thing in mind - furthering the Gospel of Jesus Christ, following the Will of God, and living out their faith to the best of their abilities. Other churches can never completely do that when they are worried about paying administrative staff and clergy. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Laura Friedman
No, they do not. It was practiced by some Mormons early in the faith, but was removed from the faith in 1890 by church President Wilford Woodruff. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Laura Friedman
Of course! And I laugh when people say it's not possible. If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then why would He never have another prophet after the last words of the New Testament? Nowhere in the Bible does it say that modern day prophets are not real, so why wouldn't we at least want to consider that God is still choosing people today to speak for Him and lead others in His will. Throughout history, God has chosen prophets, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, and others, to teach the gospel and direct His Church (Amos 3:7). It is no different today. We all need God’s guidance in a world that is sometimes confusing. Because God loves His children, He continues to send living prophets. Just as God led the Israelites out of slavery and to a better place through His prophet Moses, He leads His children today into happier, more peaceful lives when they choose to follow His living prophet. I invite you to listen to the words of living prophets - go out onto www.lds.org and listen to some of the General Conference talks - and consider how knowing God’s will can benefit your life. Show more Show less