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Hi I'm Laura

I love people. I love to learn, and I love that I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love studying languages and learning about other cultures and traditions; these studies have helped me to understand that the undercurrents that bind humanity together outnumber the petty, divisive things that tear families or communities or countries apart. Emotion and experience are universal, so while ich liebe dich, je t’aime, and Я тебя люблю look different, they say the same thing. There’s so little that’s foreign in “foreign” languages. I love music and drawing/art. I’m not particularly gifted at either, but I enjoy basking in the talent of those who are – the Monets and Mozarts of the world. I also enjoy playing team sports. I played fastpitch softball in high school, so it’s definitely my favorite. Nothing beats playing in the dirt! Except maybe the shower that immediately follows playing in the dirt.

Why I am a Mormon

As much as I love studying linguistics (see the “About Me” section), I know it has its limitations. That’s the great thing about the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: it transcends the arbitrary and constricting boundaries of language and penetrates directly to the soul. The Spirit can speak to and be understood by any person, anywhere, and at any time. It is that Spirit that has touched my heart and prompted me to devote my time and efforts…my life…to Jesus Christ. It is that Spirit that has confirmed to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only church on this earth with the fullness of the Gospel of Christ and the authority to act in His name. It’s a bold statement, but I know it’s true. It’s that Spirit that stirs in my heart when I read the Book of Mormon and hear the words of modern prophets and apostles. It’s that Spirit that fills me with the hope that I can be forgiven of my sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is that Spirit that urges me onward and upward – to learn more, to serve more, to love more, and to become more.

How I live my faith

For much of the past 8 years, I have served as a teacher in the church. This has given me the opportunity to delve into and feast upon the scriptures – to savor the nuances, to understand doctrine more deeply, and to receive revelation. Truly, the words of the Lord and His prophets of old have been a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (see Psalm 119:105). Furthermore, I’ve come to know that the words of the Lord did not begin with Genesis, nor did they end with Revelation – just as God is eternal, His conversation with mankind (so long as we are willing to listen) is unending. As I have studied and taught the words of living prophets and apostles, my testimony in the restoration has been strengthened and renewed. It is that testimony that prompts me to apply what I learn and teach. My greatest goal is to become like Christ, to love and to serve as He did.