Hi I'm Lauren
I'm 30-years-old and single. I also have multiple sclerosis, but I don't let it define me. I love journalism and writing. Every person has a story to share and I want to help share those stories with the world. I love non-profit, but I left the field to pursue television reporting. One day I hope to start my own non-profit. My dream is to be a talk show host, and one day I'd love to marry an amazing man and have a family. Until then though, It's NBC for me!
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I am Christian. I cannot imagine my life without Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice. Mormonism helps me fully grasp how everyone is my brother and sister and that we are all in this together--this life--helping each other out and serving one another, no matter who we are or our backgrounds, or where we come from. I served a mission for the Mormon church for a year and a half in Cleveland Ohio. It was the best 18 months of my life. I learned of Christ's deep love for all of His children, and that we can become more like Him by following His Teachings. He loves us and He wants us to be happy and have great joy. We are His Children. He wants us, each day, to wake up and feel His love, and know the beautiful feelings of hope and peace.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
Whenever I have major life decisions to make, I go to God and ask if certain decisions I am making are right. I then listen for the feelings found in Galatians 5:22 "The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, PEACE, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith..." Peace is the one I listen deeply for. I know that peace comes from God. A few years ago, as the economy tumbled, my family when through our own personal tumbling which included financial struggles, but also my father went to jail and my parents got divorced. I was left alone with no where to turn, and no financial help available. I was working for a non-profit organization, dating a boy I was unsure about, and uncertain about my future. I soon had the opportunity to try out a dream of mine--television reporting. But it included me moving away from my family who needed my help, moving to a very small town where there would be very few dating opportunities, and a much smaller salary. It would also include a 2 year contract! I cried and cried when I got the job offer. I was so unsure. I don't know how I would have made the decision without the Lords help. I knelt in prayer and told God I had made a decision to take this job, and as fearful as I was, if He told me it was right, I wouldn't doubt it again, but take the opportunity. After the prayer I felt an overwhelming amount of peace overcome my whole body, mind, and spirit. I knew this decision of mine was what God would want me to do. And I knew I could go forward in faith. And He was right. It has helped me in so many ways! I am now in a career I love. Although I am 30 and desire to get married, dating opportunties have come and I have met the most amazing man. My good place in life has helped my family that is struggling, although I am not in the same city. It hasn't always been easy...in fact, often it has been very difficult, but in those difficult times I can know that God has a plan for me and I don't have to doubt this decision of mine, because I felt peace, and know I am on a track God wants me to be on. The spirit testified that to me. I only need to go forward in faith, and the hard times shall pass. And they always do.
How I live my faith
I try to be a disciple of Christ every day by kindness and not judging others. I try to lift others, and start and end each day with pray and gratitude for all I have been given. I want to experience all I can in this world, and in my life, because God and Christ have given me so many opportunities if I will just partake of them. I laugh often, as I know God would want His children to. I go to church and partake of the sacrament or communion to remember the promises I made when I was baptized, and to feel renewed and refreshed for the coming week. I try to serve where I can and practice patience, love and kindness. I keep His commandments as an outward expression of my love for God and Christ, and I know that following God's will is the path to true happiness.