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Hi I'm Lauren

I grew up on the West Coast, went to school on the East Coast, and now live in the Midwest. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California with my parents and little sister. In the fall of 2004 I moved across the country to attend school in Boston, just in time to witness the Red Sox reverse the curse (best first semester of college possible!). After graduation I got a job programming computers and followed it to Minnesota, where I live now. I love it here! In college I studied physics and made lifelong friends with the seven girls I lived with in the dorms. I also played in several music groups and participated heavily in intramural sports (my favorites were rowing and fencing!). Now I have pockets of friends in San Diego, LA, Boston, NYC, and Minnesota, with others sprinkled all over the rest of the country and world -- meaning anywhere I visit, it feels a little bit like home. In my spare time I like to make music videos with my friends, take road trips, read newspaper articles, learn Simon and Garfunkel songs on the piano, concoct new art projects, and cook recipes I find online.

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I believe in its message of love for all people, the worth of all souls, and the celebration of truth wherever it is found. As a member of this church I have been taught since birth to love, serve, forgive, and care for others as Jesus did, and I have grown up surrounded and supported by the love, service, forgiveness, and care of other disciples of Christ.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday, and try to think about the things I learn there throughout the week. I play piano for our church choir and our local women's group. I pray often to give thanks for blessings and ask for guidance and help in my daily life. Most importantly, I try to act every day on the knowledge that each person I interact with is a child of God who is precious and deserves my respect and love. In our church Monday nights are usually set apart as a night for families to spend together. I live far away from my family, and since I go to church with a lot of other young people who also live on their own, we spend Monday nights with each other. Each week I help to organize an informal meeting on Monday, which usually consists of a spiritual thought and discussion, a fun and/or silly game, and some snacks. I always leave those Monday night meetings feeling happier and more peaceful than when I arrived, buoyed by the friendship and love of my church "family."