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Hi I'm Laura

I'm an educator, a gardner, a first responder, a baker of all things chocolate and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Texas, USA. I'm a single female who belongs to a large family oriented congregation. Life is oh so good. I love being part of the church congregation. I've learned to knit, grow asparagus, identify several birds, butterflies and sushi from friends in my church over the last several years. It's fun to be around such talented, funny people. I read, probably too much. I'm wayyyy over busy but I like the routine of my life. I like the daily blessings that I can see when I'm watching for them. I work full time, volunteer in the church and for a local non-profit organization that provides people with basic needs like food and shelter while they get back on their feet. I love helping people do their genealogy family history. I just love the old photos and the stories people tell of their families.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a denominational church. In college, A friend showed me a Book of Mormon. Several years after he moved, I decided to find out more. I walked into an Mormon chapel. I was a little confused at first. I thought they forgot the choir robes (Mormon congregational choirs don't have robes) I thought they forgot to pass the collection plate. (They pay tithing privately in small envelopes rather than in passed plates). Despite my confusion over a few different practices, the spirit testified that I was in the right place. Peace and warmth washed over me. As I accepted lessons from the missionaries and asked questions to the members, I was even more drawn to the beliefs. Some of the doctrine I had to grow into. Some of the understanding came back like I had known it forever. Several life long questions had been answered. Now I know the Lord loves Me, ME. He has a plan for me. He is personal and walks daily with ME. He wants me to love others, so I try really hard to do that. He's patient and loving,even though I'm imperfect. He lives and loves me to the end. I know that now, beyond a shadow of a doubt. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am happiest when I'm busy helping, even if it's a small and simple thing. I think He wants it that way. My faith includes knowing that everyone is His son and daughter. It's the little things in life that matter, holding the door for someone or taking a casserole to a neighbor I know is ill. It's pretty easy too - the little things. I love getting to know people and their lives and struggles. I'm inspired when I see people deal with life in their own successful ways. I learn from them and try to put the best practices into my own life. There are so many good people in my life that teach me things the Lord wants me to know, by example and in those relationships, I try to live my faith and shine His light wherever I can. The church gives us many ways to practice living our faith. We accept unpaid "callings" that are opportunities to serve in a formal way, by following the spirit. Those callings have taught me much about how my Lord wants me to learn and grow in seeing his will and helping Him bring about salvation to His children. While the callings prepare me so I can learn to live my faith. I have to seek out ways to serve in my work-life and in my personal life that aren't "official church callings". I was impressed by someone who was living their faith. I hope I am living mine so as to help someone else find their own happiness in the gospel of Jesus Christ and will accept Him as their Savior in all their words and deeds.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Laura
Everyone must be careful about false scriptural understandings, false prophets and teachings. I love "of the spirit by the spirit". I loved my youth pastor in a church that I grew up in. He taught me to love the Bible and it's many stories and lessons. He would give us a helium filled balloon with instructions to let it rise to the ceiling when we felt the spirit of the Bible. It was tangible to me that that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are both testimonies of Christ. Those beautiful words are wrapped inside the same book spine as the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. From Adam to Noah to the four gospels, we are led to Christ. My favorite scripture is Hebrews 11:11 "for she judged Him faithful who had promised". The Lord promised He would send enough light and knowledge that we would be able to return to him. And to be happy and have faith in Him while away on the earth. He promised He would be our Savior and Redeemer. Prophets of old and of latter days testify of Him. I have a testimony that the Bible is the word of God. He wants us to learn from the Bible. We spend two years at a time studying the details of this Holy writ in our sunday school classes. We carry it with us and memorize it's passages. The spirit will teach us as we are humble, what the Bible and the Book of Mormon tell us about living the "good news". Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Laura
I joined the LDS church in Washington, D.C., USA, as an adult. I worked hard to read, pray and gain a testimony of the gospel principals. Soon after my baptism, I had an opportunity to travel to Salt Lake City and sit in a large church hall with a prophet. I was so excited waiting for Him to enter the room. I felt tingly and almost a little scared. I could hardly stand it. To know there was a prophet like Moses, Noah, Peter and He was going to walk into that room was an amazing thing. He walked in and I knew the Lord had sent a prophet and would continue to send Prophets to guide us and to remind us of His love. I had known all my life that there used to be prophets. I sat transfixed and tried to write careful notes. I felt the spirit witness to me that the Lord has sent prophets to us, throughout the history of the world to share the message that He lives and loves us. I felt the love of a prophet that day and I don't think I can ever forget it. I've since grown a little more used to the idea and love hearing from a prophet, but the experience of listening to a prophet is different now and a little more mature these days. I love his voice. I feel his love and the love of my Savior when the prophet teaches us to repent, to be humble, kind and forgiving. While we don't worship prophets, we do thank God for sending these prophets to guide us in these latter days. Show more Show less