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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm a wife, mother, therapist and professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family has greatly influenced who I have become. My father was disabled in a severe car accident during my teenage years causing my mother who had been a full-time SAHM for 14+ years to return to the workforce. She was successful in finding a good career path due to having completed a Bachelor's years previously and my father remains permanently disabled. Having such a sudden trauma forced a change of my parents' roles and responsibilities. This inspired me to get all the education I could and be as self-reliant as possible. I met my husband during my senior year of high school shortly after he returned from his mission in our Oregon stake. I was in no rush to get married and thought we were just good friends. He decided to move out to BYU shortly after I began my freshman year there and we were married the following year. I completed 3 degrees at BYU with my husband at my side encouraging and cheering me on. We've been married almost 10 years and we have a wonderful young son and daughter- the best book ends to a PhD! I absolutely love spending time with them! I also enjoy baking, playing piano and spending time with our family and friends. I know that families are central to success in the world and essential to the plan of happiness! I love what I do as a Marriage & Family Therapist and professor at BYU. I get to teach, counsel, meet people from throughout the world and I'm blessed to see the Atonement help so many people through their pain, struggles and addictions.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was baptized when she was 17 and my father was raised as a Mormon. I was raised as an active member of the church and was taught to study and pray to gain my own testimony of whether the church was true. One night when I was maybe 10, I prayed to know for myself whether the church was true. I was sad when I didn't receive an immediate answer. Later that night I couldn't sleep because I was afraid of the dark. I went in my grandparents' room and lay in their bed and was thinking about the church and how Joseph Smith had prayed for answers and received them. I remember feeling so peaceful. A wave of calm came over me. I received confirmation that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. I have not doubted it since.

How I live my faith

I attend church every week I can. I currently teach the young teenage girls in my area as part of those meetings. I am also assigned to visit with and discuss gospel principles with 2-3 women every month. I enjoy spending time with them and nurturing those friendships. I try to serve those around me. My husband and I study our scriptures and have weekly family nights where we involve our children and teach them. We do our best to attend the temple regularly. I love music and enjoy teaching and singing primary songs with our children.