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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm a newlywed, a "foodie", and a Mormon.

About Me

I love to travel, cook, and spend time with my family. As a registered dietitian, eating good food is one of my favorite pastimes. I married my best friend two years ago and have enjoyed starting traditions that help define us as a new little family. I'm not a mom yet, but probably the proudest aunt you'll ever find.

Why I am a Mormon

At first, I was Mormon because my family was Mormon. I grew up in Texas, where it seemed that everyone went to church, so religion was very normal and comfortable to me. I saw that families who prayed together, went to church, and tried to live by the teachings of Jesus Christ were stronger and better for it. As a teenager I gained a testimony of the basic things that make us different from other religions - I read and prayed about the Book of Mormon and listened to the words of our Prophet. I also gained a testimony of the temple as I learned about the sacred work of sealing families together for eternity. Although it was a very basic testimony, by the time I went to college I knew that this church contained pieces that were missing from other religions and that it was true. Although I never had one specific time where I gained a testimony of everything all at once, I have had many instances where I have felt the Holy Ghost tell me that what is being taught is true. As an adult I continue to have those spiritual confirmations. When I feel the Holy Ghost, I feel peace, happiness, and an understanding of how I need to live to return to Heavenly Father's presence. I know that this is Christ's church on the earth today. I know that God lives and that His son Jesus Christ paid the way for us all to return to Him again if we will repent and follow God's commandments. I am thankful for parents who taught me these things as a child and I want to raise my family in this faith to give my children the same gift of happiness. I choose to be a Mormon because my religion has truly taught me who I am, what I can become, and what I need to do to get there.

How I live my faith

I try to remember that we are all children of God and look for ways to serve my friends and neighbors. I also try to do things that keep me sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost- I go to church every Sunday, read the scriptures, and pray regularly. Because our church does not have a paid clergy, we all have jobs to do to keep the church running. I work with the young women in our ward, ages 12-18. I teach them Sunday lessons once a month and help plan and carry out their weekly youth activities on Tuesday nights. I love working with the youth and have learned a lot from these young members of our church.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom refers to a revelation given from God to the Prophet Joseph Smith (who founded our church) in 1833. It basically says that coffee, tea, alcohol, illegal drugs, and tobacco are not good for our body and they should not be used. It also says that we should take care of our bodies by eating a healthy diet based in fruits/vegetables/grains and that all things in our diet should be eaten "with prudence and thanksgiving". Pretty sound advice, if you ask me. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

We can increase our faith in Christ by coming to know Him better. We do this by reading the scriptures, living by His teachings, and turning to Him when we have problems or need to repent. I think the repentence process in particular brings us closest to Christ as we really learn to rely on Him to change and set Him as our example of how we need to act. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

"Mormon" is a common nickname for our religion because, in addition to the Bible, we also use the Book of Mormon in our set of scriptures. This book is a record of Christ's teachings and His visit to the people of the American continent following His resurrection. We believe that this book is another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

We believe that families can be together forever in the eternities after this life. Families are the fundamental unit of society and our religion. We believe that family should always be the first priority. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the power of God on earth. We believe that righteous men may hold the priesthood and do God's work under this authority. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is believing in something true that you cannot see or prove. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We believe that we came to earth to receive a physical body and to be tested. This life is our chance to prove that we are worthy to return to live with Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less