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Hi I'm Lauren

I grew up in the South. Fresh out of college! And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college in December 2012, where I studied broadcast journalism and political science. I love reading and can play lots of musical instruments poorly. I am the oldest of 5 kids; my family is awesome. I've lived in London and Washington, DC. My soul feeds on the great outdoors and laughing for longer than is socially acceptable. I like having heart-to-hearts in the car, especially mine because it has cheetah-print seat covers. I love Mexican food. Every day I come up with a new idea of how to meet Ellen DeGeneres.

Why I am a Mormon

The heart of the heart of the matter is that Jesus Christ didn't just atone for the sins of the world at large, but knows and cares for me deeply. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father is everything- it is true joy and true peace. Life rains hard on everybody at some point. But the Atonement of Jesus Christ is enough to make you clean and whole. That's basic Christianity. The difference between this and Mormonism, if you will, is that we have the fullness of the gospel. We have the power and authority that enables spouses and families to be sealed together for eternity. We have a modern-day prophet and apostles who lead and guide the affairs of the Lord's kingdom on earth, just like in the Bible. We have the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. It's just, it's so true. It's so full and complete- the more I learn, the more I love it. The grace of Jesus Christ provides me with favors and blessings I don't deserve, and makes me fundamentally better. It enhances the good and changes the bad. My life is filled with sweetness and peace because of the restored gospel. Being able to share this joy with my family is the greatest gift God has blessed me with.

How I live my faith

I believe "living my faith" isn't a checklist of good deeds to be done, but the way I think and act when I'm not doing anything especially religious. My faith is strengthened when I read my scriptures, pray, or spent time meditating about what is important in life. My busy schedule only accentuates the importance of quiet time in which I can ponder, ask, and listen to what the Lord wants me to do. The things that bring me closer to Jesus Christ usually involve serving other people. Thinking of others first. Being generous with my time. Reaching out to friends. Being kind to my family. It's all about the little things.