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Hi I'm Laurie

I'm a musician, a composer, a performer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a "convert". I put that in quotations because it's an interesting story. I've been going to the LDS church for the majority of my life. I started attending on my own when i was about 11 or 12. Due to a fear of water i never asked to be baptized. As i grew older i knew it had to happen eventually, as it is a requirement as part of the plan of salvation. When i was 21 i decided "hey, maybe i should buck up and do this". So i invited the local missionaries over to see if maybe there was a special way around. However, for some unknown reason they started ignoring my calls. I was new to the city and didn't even know where the church was! I had stopped going to church for a little while because of very unkind members at my old ward, but i was egar to meet this new ward! But the missionaries disapeared. I figured hey, eventually new missionaries will come and i can try again! About 10 months later the door bell rang. The missionaries! Different ones, but the missionaries! I was very excited to talk to them. After explaining my story their jaws hit the floor. They asked if i was totally sure i wasn't already a member and if i still wanted to be baptized (finally) and it was a big YES! After many struggles to overcome the fear of the font, on March 8, 2014 i finally put trust in someones hands to baptize me. It was a very special person Heavenly Father wanted in my life so all my plans kept falling through so that His plan could be :)

Why I am a Mormon

The list of reasons why i am a Mormon is infinite. There are several reasons that stand out to me in particular though. Before i found the LDS church, i was made to attend the Seventh Day Adventist church with my family. I never enjoyed being there, i would not identify with them, and repeatedly denied and rejected baptism. I knew from a very young age that i was not in the Lords church and frequently would run away and hide to avoid going, as my family would never show up late, even if it meant leaving someone behind... I'll never forget the first time i went to the Mormon church. I felt something all around me. It was the Holy Ghost! And He filled the room in a way I'd never felt before. I begged my parents to let me go back - which wasn't like me when it came to church. I yearned to be there and be involved deeply any chance i got. It consumed me. All i could think about was how excited i was about church! How excited i was for this weeks lesson and how great i felt every Sunday my parents would allow me to go. And it felt AMAZING! The peace i felt when i was there was inmeasurable. And mostly, it made me feel happy again. Another thing i noticed is that NO one is paid. Not a single calling is compensated, where other churches rely on tithing to compensate their teachers and pastors. In a world run by money, it was so much fresh air to find that everyone person fulfills their calling with fullness because of a love for God and His work and expects nothing in return. In my mind, it had to be true for all these people to dedicate so much time and effort into it and there was no monitary compensation. It is all out of pure love for the Lord. And finally, i am a Mormon because i love this gospel. I love how much The Book of Mormon talks about our savior Jesus Christ and his atonement more than any other scripture. I love the feeling of assurance and the peace that surrounds me when i read The Book of Mormon. And i LOVE that i know it's true!

How I live my faith

I'm a very active member of my ward. VERY shortly after my baptism i was called as the pianist for one of our classes. I frequently do musical numbers in church to share my talent with my ward, and every year participate in the National Day of Service by playing music in retirement homes and any other number of locations as service. I often help cater church events (which is always fun!) and also provide music for other wards functions. My favorite thing to do, though, is help the missionaries. I've had a passion for missionary work since i was quite young. Now that I'm missionary age, i spend a lot of time helping my ward missionaries and take care of all of the missionaries in my town, as well as attending all their transfer meetings and firesides (if you don't know what that is, you definitely want to go to one!!!). Staying active in my faith helps keep my close to my savior, Jesus Christ.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Laurie
A testimony is the surety of the truth of something. For example, i always share my personal testimony of the power of prayer, and that our Heavenly Father is always mindful of is and hears and answers our prayers. I have a testimony of this because one day a dear friend was struggling and had told me about it. I got down onto my knees and said a very specific prayer for him. As soon as i stood back up, i got a text message that read "Were you just praying for me?". I replied with "Yes. How'd you know?" and his response is what got me. He said "I felt it, and it helped". I always knew Heavenly Father was mindful of us. I always knew our prayers were answered. But this particular incident gave me a testimony that it's no coincidence when something happens in our lives. That Heavenly Father constantly has His hand in our lives and that he is always waiting for us to call on Him for help. And that He DOES answer prayers. Show more Show less