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Hi I'm Laurel

I grew up in the Midwest in a family of ten. I love to teach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My interests have always been all over the map--choir, theater, running, swimming, writing, and the list goes on; I like to keep life fresh and changing! I just started my first year of college, and due to my many shifting interests, it has been difficult to choose a major. However, I think I have settled (for the moment) on teaching. I'm thinking about teaching English or Theater Arts in middle or high school someday. I'm currently preparing to leave for a mission in Brazil in two months!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that are members of the Church. I have been taught the gospel my whole life. However, when I was about thirteen years old I began asking questions about what I really believed. I remember most vividly the night when I knelt down in tears and poured out my heart to God. I asked Him if He was really there and if He really did love me. I have no words for the feeling of love that I felt other than I thought that I was literally being hugged by a heavenly Being. It was amazing. It gave me the faith I needed to ask my other questions as time progressed. I remember the first time I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to ask God if it was true. The confirmation I received was utterly undeniable. I know that book, as well as the Bible, to be the word of God. I know that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of the Lord on the earth today. Living by the precepts taught in the scriptures has brought me more joy than I can tell because they have brought me closer to God and to my Savior Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I would be nothing without my Savior. He has given me the truth; He has given me His life. Should I not give Him mine in return?

How I live my faith

I think that the way I best live my faith is how I treat and serve other people. I try my hardest to model my life after the Savior, our pure example of goodness. I had the wonderful opportunity this past year to teach a class in church about preparing to serve missions. It was such a faith-building experience! I found a renewed love for my Savior Jesus Christ, for teaching, and more than ever for the people around me. I also had the amazing opportunity of joining a program in the Church called visiting teaching. My roommate and I were able to visit two women in our congregation at least once a month and get to know them. While it was wonderful to be able to build friendships with these women, it was even more wonderful when we were able to find ways to brighten their days and help them through their difficulties!

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

When I was in growing up, I always had a strong commitment to being chaste. I understood that my body was a sacred gift from my Father in Heaven and physical intimacy was something I wanted to save for my husband so that we can build a family in complete trust, fidelity and love. Modesty was a little more difficult for me. The culture in my school made it seem like if I wanted to be considered "pretty" or given any attention at all, I had to dress in ways that were less respectable. However, as I have come to know my Father in Heaven more, I have come to know myself more. If I want to show respect for my body and my Heavenly Father by waiting for marriage to enjoy sexual intimacy, then surely I should try to show respect for my body in every way possible, including dressing in a way that shows my commitment to God. When I do have children of my own, I want to teach them this principle first and foremost by example. I will also teach them the things I have learned and teach them the way to know their Father in Heaven as well. Show more Show less