Hi I'm Lauren!
I was raised Jewish. I'm a writer and game designer. I'm a Mormon.
My life is full of creative endeavors. When I was younger I participated in theater and competitive improvisation. When I went to university I studied film production. Now I freelance in graphic and web design. I also design online games and transmedia experiences. I love to write and am working on my first novel. I also write songs and poetry. I am into crafts. I love to scrapbook, paint, and take photographs. I have been diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases which have forced me to adapt to new limitations. I blog about living a full life while dealing with serious health issues. My faith has helped me endure and flourish despite these challenges.
I was raised Jewish. Although I always felt a strong cultural connection to my Jewish heritage, I never felt spiritually fulfilled. I wanted to feel close to God, but didn't know how. So I in my mid-twenties, I began to search for a faith that would help me find what I was looking for. At the same time I was battling a serious physical illness. And among other symptoms, I had joint pain so severe I had been in a wheelchair full time for over a year. I also had lost a lot of my independence due to my illness, and required a full time caregiver to help me with basic things. My caregiver was a girl about my age and she was Mormon. We would have lots of discussions about faith, and she taught me a lot about the church. As a result, I decided to start praying. I had never really done so before. I decided to do an experiment - adding the words "in the name of Jesus Christ" to the end of all my prayers. Suddenly I started to feel connected to Heavenly Father in a new way. Around this time my caregiver invited me to attend church with her and get a blessing for healing from the missionaries after church. From the moment I entered the church building I was filled with a sense of happiness and peace. But the true miracle of my conversion occurred during my blessing. The missionaries placed their hands on my head to impart the blessing, and I was overcome with an overwhelming feeling of connection to Heavenly Father. Up until that point I had no idea that it was possible to really feel God. And from that moment on, I KNEW that Heavenly Father lived and that Jesus was the Christ. I started taking the missionary discussions that week. That week another miracle occurred. I suddenly had a lot less pain in my joints. I decided to try and start walking again for the first time in over a year. By the time of my baptism six weeks later I was able to walk for the whole thing! Since then my decision to become Mormon has been confirmed many times over.
Aside from reading my scriptures and attending Church and Church activities, I do my best to live as Heavenly Father would have me live following in the footsteps of Christ. I try to be an example of kindness to others and follow all the commandments. I write spiritual songs and poetry.