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Hi I'm Lauren!

I was raised Jewish. I'm a writer and game designer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 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.

Why I am a Mormon

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.

How I live my faith

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.