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Hi I'm LaDawn

I grew up on a ranch in Washington and ended up in the Arizona desert. I'm a therapist, musician, and photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I kind of consider myself a jack-of-all-trades sort of person. Though my career by day is as a therapist and social worker, the rest of my time is occupied by a wide variety of hobbies. I love music! I love to listen to it, play instruments, sing, and write songs. I love almost all sports-playing, watching, coaching! I do photography on the side and love it. I am an extremely social person, but also love my personal time to be pensive and reflective. By far, my favorite thing is to spend time with those I love. The most important thing in my life is God. Everything else falls under that.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into a Mormon family, it wasn't until I was a teenager that I decided I needed to know if there was a God and if the church was true. I prayed to know. In the beginning, it was simply a feeling of peace and reassurance, and that was enough. Over the years, it has grown into a burning faith and knowledge that God is real, that He loves me and wants what is best for me, and that I will always find my greatest happiness by following the precepts of His gospel. With the constantly changing winds of society, I find comfort in the stability of the gospel. When I am unable to find answers in the world, I am always able to find answers through prayer, through scripture study, through the words of today's prophet, and through priesthood blessings. In turning to those sources, I am able to receive peace and guidance, and I have no need to worry about the future.

How I live my faith

For me, it is important to be involved. I think being involved is the best way to both improve myself and to serve those around me. I enjoy attending church each week as well as attending the temple regularly. I love the opportunity to serve in callings at church (callings are specific assignments given to individuals such as teaching a Sunday School class or being part of a committee that plans group activities) because I feel like I am part of something bigger than me and that I am able to contribute in some small way to those around me. Living my faith goes beyond organized church activities. It is not merely something I do, it is part of who I am. In studying my scriptures each day, I feel that I am strengthened in my ability to carry out the daily tasks at hand. In counseling with my Heavenly Father in prayer every day, I am able to receive guidance in my decisions and actions, great and small.

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

LaDawn
I know that there is a God is when I am outside and I see a majestic mountain, a delicate flower, or a breathtaking sunset; when I feel the wind rush through my body, raindrops hit my face, or a loving embrace; when I hear birds singing, crickets chirping, and children laughing; when I smell freshly cut grass or the air after a storm; when I taste the sweetness of fruit or the refreshment of water. It is those small moments when I am reminded that there must be Someone out there greater than me, Someone who organized it all, and I know that Someone to be a loving God Who created all of those things for me and for everyone to enjoy. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

LaDawn
To me, a testimony is a belief or knowledge of something to be true. It is something that comes through the Holy Ghost as we earnestly seek, ponder, and pray to God to know of the truthfulness of that particular thing. Through this seeking, pondering, and praying to my Heavenly Father, I have received a testimony and personal witness of the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that it is Christ's church fully restored on the earth today. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it was brought forth through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that there continues to be a living prophet today, who leads and guides us. I know that God lives and that He loves His children, more than we could ever comprehend. I know that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins, our sorrows, and our pains, and that through Him, we can live with God again. I know that anyone who seeks this testimony for themselves, with pure intent, and prays to know of its truthfulness, will receive the answer for which they are looking. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

LaDawn
I can't answer for anyone else, but I can share about why I chose to serve a mission. I had a good friend come back to the Church after being away for many years. He then chose to serve a mission. Concerning his choice to serve, he said, "How can I move forward with my happy life, having the knowledge I do, without doing all I can to share it with others first?" This statement impacted me greatly, and that thought, coupled with personal revelation urging me to serve, led me to leave my home, career, and personal pursuits to serve a full-time mission. I can honestly say that serving a mission was the best decision I have ever made. Nothing matches the joy of watching individuals transform their lives as they accept Jesus Christ and the gospel into their lives. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

LaDawn
Since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a worldwide church, congregations are established geographically and are called wards (or branches in smaller areas). Several wards make up what is called a stake. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

LaDawn
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ comparable to the Bible. While the Bible took place in and around Jerusalem, the Book of Mormon took place in the ancient Americas. Both books contain the writings of the prophets in their respective areas and testify of the reality of the Savior. The Book of Mormon shows us that Heavenly Father loves all of His children and reveals His word to all, not just a few. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

LaDawn
The family is central to our Heavenly Father's plan for us. It is in the family that we can best teach, learn, and apply the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As we strive to strengthen our families, we don't only improve our personal circumstances, but we contribute to the bettering of the world. Show more Show less