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Hi I'm Laura

I'm a mom. I'm a scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In college I studied biotechnology, which requires a several biology and chemistry classes. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Biotechnology, then went on to work in a microbiology lab which does work with medical devices. I worked identifying microorganisms growing on the medical devices before and after sterilization. After working for almost two years, I became a stay-at-home mom. In my spare time I like crocheting, knitting, sewing, reading, and hiking. I also love learning. I like watching shows like Nova and Nature to learn more about the world around me and what's new in science.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that it is the true Church of Christ. I don't have all the answers, but it feels right to me, and logically it makes the most sense. I think the biggest thing for me is the Plan of Salvation: that Heavenly Father created the earth, that Adam fell that man may be, and that Jesus died for all men so that we can return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus again. This is the Gospel in a nutshell. I love how simple it is. It brings so much peace to my life knowing that I have a Father in Heaven who knows and loves me, and who wants me to return to Him. It also helps me keep things in perspective. I know where I've been and I know where I'm going.

How I live my faith

I have held several positions in my wards, from playing the piano to teaching children and young adults. I also participate in the ward choir when time permits. I try to visit the ladies on my visiting teaching list, but don't limit myself to the list; I try to visit everyone in the ward to get to know them better.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Laura
We perform proxy baptisms because we believe that in order to make it back to our Heavenly Father we must be baptized, and there are those who die before they can be baptized. We also believe that those who we are doing this work for still have the right to accept it or decline it. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Laura
We believe that homosexuality is against the law of God. We believe that only marriage between a man and a woman is sanctioned by God. However, we don't reject those who have homosexual feelings. We teach that chastity is important for everyone, so as long as a person is not acting on those feelings can be baptized and hold positions within the church. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Laura
Yes, we believe in and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. We believe that He is our Savior and that He died for us. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Laura
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets living in the Americas, similar to how the Bible was written by ancient prophets living in Israel. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, but did not write it. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Laura
The Law of Chastity is abstaining for sexual relations before marriage, and remaining faithful to your spouse throughout marriage. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Laura
The Word of Wisdom is a sort of "health code" for us to live by. It teaches to eat a healthy diet, exercise, and refrain from alcohol, coffee, tea, and drugs. There is a myth that because of the Word of Wisdom we cannot drink caffeinated drinks, however, it is not true. That said, many latter-day saints refrain from caffeine because they feel it is right to do so, but many still drink it. Show more Show less

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

Laura
We definitely believe that men and women are equal! We might have different responsibilities, but that does not make us unequal. For example, raising children full time is no less important than working in an office full time. We believe that everyone was created by our Heavenly Father, and that He is no respecter of persons, therefore, everyone is equal. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Laura
We do not agree with abortion. Life is sacred, and no one has the right to end someone else's life. However, there are some exceptions, as in rape or incest, that an abortion might be deemed acceptable. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Laura
We believe that He as a body of flesh and bone, and that He is a separate being for Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. He is an immortal being, and is all knowing and all powerful. He created the Heavens and the earth, and worlds without number, but still knows each of us personally. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Laura
Relief Society is the Church's organization for women 18 and older. In this organization, women study the Gospel together on Sundays, visit ladies throughout the month, and once a month learn skills for home improvement, cooking, serving others, etc. The Relief Society is one of the best examples I can think of of how valued women are in the Church. The men have their quorums, and the women have the Relief Society. Both are ways that we can meet as children of God and fulfill His plan for us. Show more Show less