Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in , | 0 comments

Hi, I’m Laura.

I’m a wife, a mother, and a student. I have a passion for learning, I love to bake, and my favorite sound in the world is the ornery giggle of my two children.

I was raised in the LDS Church, and despite my personal struggles, I love the gospel. I love the message that Christ can make us whole again, that we have loving Heavenly Parents, and that we can be with our families forever. I love serving others and feel it brings me closer to my Savior. Within the church, I have served in various callings, including a counselor in the Young Women’s presidency, choir director, and ward missionary. Outside the church, I volunteer in the burn community to help children and adults who have suffered burn injuries as I have.

Various doctrinal reasons and historical precedents for the ordination of women have been explained far better than I could hope to do. I don’t seek ordination to the priesthood for power, or for authority. My reasons are personal. I love my family. I have seen the power of the priesthood in action and experienced it multiple times in my life. I want to be able to use that power to bless my husband and children. Is it so strange that a husband could seek a blessing from the person who knows him most intimately on this earth? Or that a child, in pain, could be blessed by the hands of the person who brought him or her into this world? My heart aches and my spirit yearns to provide that powerful comfort to the people I love most in this world. To speak words given to me by my Heavenly Parents, to counsel and give comfort to those in need. To be the vessel through which healing power flows. To administer to the precious children of my Heavenly Parents. To better serve, and to better fulfill my baptismal covenant to “be willing to mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those who stand in need of comfort.”

I believe women should be ordained.