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Hi I'm Lara Stewart

I'm an art fanatic. I love watches, owls, and music. And--you guessed it--I'm a Mormon. :)

About Me

I was born and raised in Arizona as the 6th of six kids. As the youngest I suffered the most blame from my siblings and also was the most spoiled--though I prefer to say "blessed"--by my parents. None of this kept me from learning the values of hard work and the morals of the golden rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." My love lies in the world of art and in the last few years have received my Associates in Fine Art and am working towards a Bachelor's degree in Illustration with a goal to illustrate children's books and the church's magazines. Through my life I have learned a lot about my Savior, especially as I have made the descion to volunteer 18 months of my life to share his gospel with the people around Jackson, Mississippi as a missionary. In all things I try to live as Jesus Christ did, and learn for myself the way to live with Heavenly Father forever.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, but that doesn't mean that life was a breeze of fresh air. In actuallity, I have faced a lot of hardships and decisions that everyone has to face: school, work, friends, family, everything. When I was a teenager, I faced the challenge of friends that were bad influences, and began to realize I was leaning towards things I knew were not good for me. It was really hard to let go of some things, and that is when I realized I had become addicted to the things of the world and was losing relationships with my family and church. I needed to change and as I began putting in the effort to do so, I felt peace. I was comforted by the fact that I was again living the gospel as Jesus Christ had shown. I loved my family, my job, and my life. I love the quote, "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it." And, based on the joy I feel today, it deffinitely has.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example to others. As a missionary, I love to say: "We are sharing a joyful message of Jesus Christ," because Jesus Christ has truly brought joy to my live. My family raised me to go to church each week--no question. I continue this tradition because in this church we have the priviledge of partaking of the sacrament (the bread and the water) every week, reminding me of Christ and also renewing my promising to serve him and in return receive the comfort of his Holy Spirit. I love the feeling of being in the presence of the Spirit because it gives me a warmth inside that makes me so happy. As I read my scriptures and pray or talk to Heavenly Father and go to church, I feel peace and assurance that I am living righteously.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Lara Stewart
Just as the Holy Bible was translated by lots of individuals through revelation from God, the Book of Mormon was written by lots of indiviuals through the revelation of God. Some people believe that Joseph Smith "wrote" the Book of Mormon but he was only a tool in bringing it to the world in English, just as others translated the Bible from Latin to eventually English. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Lara Stewart
The dictionary describes a Christian as "a follower of the teaching of Jesus Christ." Thus, I am a Christian because this church is central to Jesus Christ being the Savior of the World and the Son of God. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Lara Stewart
Mormons live just like everyone else, waking up in the morning and putting on our pants one leg at a time. What makes us special is the way we follow the Savior, giving our best efforts to try and examplify him everyday. We do this through his teachings from ancient prophets in the scriptures and his teachings through mordern prophets today. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Lara Stewart
Family is important because it is one of God's many blessings. I have a friend you says, "If God wanted us to live, grow, and learn alone, then He would have put us on individual planets." Our family tells us where we came from and how to live. As children are reared with good and loving parents, those good values are passed down and continued. God is our "Father in Heaven" and we are his children. We live in the image of God, so I have an earthy father also. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Lara Stewart
I don't know who I would be without the Holy Bible. I love reading the teachings of Jesus Christ and I use the Four Gospels to know about his life. Show more Show less