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Hi I'm Laurel

I grew up in Utah. I love working with kids and went to China to teach English to children. I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student who is taking time away from school. I recently returned from China where I was teaching English to 6 and 7-year-olds. They are the sweetest angels in my life and I miss them every day! They have such sweet, big personalities and I have so much love for them. I love to be outside hiking, gardening, swimming, sledding, anything. I am taking time away from school because I am indecisive and cannot pick a career path. I like too many things and can't seem to pick one thing to study. I have a wonderful family that I am very close to that I spend most of my time with.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents grew up in the church and so they raised my family in the church as well. At the same time, I am at the point in my life where I cannot rely on what my family believes anymore. As I transition to adulthood, I have had to gain my own understanding and beliefs. I have chosen to stay in the church because I have seen the sadness and heartache that comes from living without the gospel through friends that have chosen to leave the church. I have also seen the flipside with friends that have chosen to live the gospel wholeheartedly and they are so happy. The gospel brings me joy and also brings clarity and direction to my life. I know the Lord knows me personally and strengthens me.

How I live my faith

I am in a ward for young adults. I teach classes for the women of the ward and I love it! I also part of a service committee that helps to organize food events for the ward. I am preparing to serve a full-time mission in Rancho Cucamonga, California. I will be there for 18 months to teach the gospel there.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Laurel
One-tenth of all of our income goes to tithing. Tithing pays for our church buildings, temples, the missionary program, study materials, and other church functions. God gives us everything we have, so we give one-tenth of that back which goes towards things that also bless us. I know that you can do more with 90% than you can with 100% because God is able to take that 10% and make more of it than I ever could myself. Show more Show less