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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm 25, I live in Southern California, I'm a library assistant, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in LA County. I have a large extended family, most of whom live near me - my mom and dad, my sister, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. We're all very close. I moved to Utah for 3 years to attend college and graduated with a degree in English and editing. After college I returned home and now work as a staff assistant for a public library. I love to read, cook, watch movies, swim, and play with my dog.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy every single day of my life. My mother is a convert to the church, and I began attending church with her regularly when I was about 10 years old. I didn't understand most of what was being taught, but I liked my new friends so I kept coming. When I turned 12, I joined the Young Women's program, and my leaders taught me more about Jesus Christ and His teachings. I realized I believed what they were telling me, and in my heart I knew it was true. When I was 13, I asked my parents if I could be baptized. My father, who is not a member of the church, requested that I wait a year to make sure this was really what I wanted to do. I agreed, and spent that year testing and asking questions. We both wanted to make sure I was getting baptized because I wanted to, not because my friends, my mom, or my church leaders wanted me to. I stuck by my decision all year and was baptized and given the gift of the Holy Ghost. The difference between my life then and now is remarkable. I'm happy every day. I love to pray and read my scriptures, because I feel closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ when I do. I receive blessings when I make good decisions and follow the teachings of our prophets and apostles. I feel confident that Heavenly Father loves me and that He is looking out for me. I know that when I sin, I can be forgiven, and that one day I can return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending all my church meetings each week and assisting in any way I can. I try to reach out to those who are new or who need a friend. I also accept assignments that are given to me - I spent two summers planning and organizing a week-long camping trip for girls 12 - 18, and I've also taught Sunday School for children of varying ages.