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Hi I'm Lauren

I grew up in Idaho. I love singing, piano, and nature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Idaho, by my mom and dad with my sister and two little brothers. I am here going to BYU-Idaho. I am majoring in music, emphasizing in voice.. just like my dad. I absolutely love it! I also have been playing the violin and piano since I was very little. I just recently picked up the guitar and harmonica. So needless to say, music is a big part of my life. I actually just recently returned from being a Young Performing Missionary in Nauvoo, Illinois. There I was able to perform and depict the time when the early pioneers lived in Nauvoo. When I returned home, I realized I loved being a missionary so much that I turned my papers to become a full-time Sister Missionary. I have been called to serve in the Canada, Calgary Mission and I leave in 2 weeks! I also love nature. I always have. Hiking, camping, or just anything done in nature! I feel like there is a connection out there and I love admiring Gods creations. I enjoy doing yoga, biking, or just going for a walk and pondering life's mysteries. I also enjoy songwriting and feel like I am able to best express myself through music. I have the cutest niece and 2 nephews and they are able to brighten anyone's day! I also have a little brother who is serving a mission in South Dakota and he is having the time of his life! I have incredible friends and family and because of them, I have become who I am today.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been lucky enough to be raised a Mormon all of my life. My parents have always set incredible examples to me and my siblings growing up. I always went to church, and to be honest, even in the hard teenage years, I still really enjoyed going to church. The point in my life when I KNEW the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the only true church on the earth was when I learned for myself that the Book of Mormon was the word of God and that is was translated by Joseph Smith by the power of God. When I was 12 years old, I had heard from various church leaders and lessons that in order to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon, you had to read it and do as Moroni exhorted us to do in Moroni 10 and pray to know whether or not it was true. One Saturday night I decided to take it to heart. So I read Moroni’s promise, and prayed to know whether or not it was true. After my prayer, I felt good, but there were no angels, or Hallelujah chorus. So as I sat near my bed I thought maybe I had done something wrong. Then I remembered that the next day was Fast Sunday, so I decided to fast to know whether or not it was true. The next mornings’ routine ran as usual and soon I was at church. As people bore their testimonies, I pondered my own testimony of the Book of Mormon. As those thoughts entered my head, suddenly it was as if someone was pouring the sun into my very soul and it seemed the Hallelujah chorus was being sung in my head, and I’m pretty sure there were angels there literally lifting me off the bench and carrying me to the pulpit. There I bore a simple testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Now just because I experimented and learned that it was true, it didn't mean I could just stop reading the Book of Mormon. I had to continually nourish my faith by continually reading it. Since then, I have gained an immovable testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon. All because I prayed to know if it was true.

How I live my faith

I have had a lot of opportunities to serve in my ward. While at college I was the Stake Choir Director for nearly 3 years! I have taught in Sunday School, and have been ward choir director countless times. One of my favorite callings has been when I served as the Music Time director for the small children 3 and under in Nursery. I would go and sing primary songs with them and help them learn about their Savior Jesus Christ and loving Heavenly Father. As I mentioned earlier, I have served a mission for the Church, and am leaving very shortly to serve the people of Canada. I love this gospel so much and it has blessed my life immensely. Even though I have not had a perfect life, I can honestly say that because of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have been able to have an optimistic outlook on life. I can say that I am truly happy.