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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm a Mormon. And I love it!

About Me

I'm a college student studying Linguistics and Editing. I love learning... although that doesn't mean I'm very good at it. I'm not an excellent student, but I enjoy going to school and learning. I love to write and I love to read. My biggest dream in this life is to publish a book. I’ve always been a “homebody,” as accused by my family. I am the youngest of 6 kids and always loved being home in my “comfort zone.” My sister recalls taking me to Disneyland, “The Happiest Place on Earth,” and me asking her, “When are we going home?” It didn’t matter where we were or how awesome it was, I wanted to be home. In high school, my family was planning a trip to Hawaii; all my siblings were getting their SCUBA certification. Not me, though; I was terrified to SCUBA dive. My brother wasn't going to have it. He was sick of me not living life. Something clicked that day and I knew he was right. I had to conquer this fear of leaving my comfort zone in order to enjoy living. Of course, when I got to the beach on Hawaii, I was still scared to get in the water and leave the open air, but I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Finally, I changed: I was afraid of roller coasters so I went to Magic Mountain; I was afraid to snowboard so I went snowboarding; I was afraid of heights so I went skydiving. I have done many things that I never would have even dreamed of 10 years ago, including serving a full time mission for the church and leaving my comfort zone every single day.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because it feels right! It feels right when I read my scriptures. It feels right when I learn of world history. It feels right when I study science. It even feels right when I don't understand something. I know that I won't have the answers to all of life's questions (not in this life, at least), but I also know that there are some things that people on earth can know. And the gospel of Jesus Christ answers many of those questions. The knowledge I have and the standards I follow make me happy. And when I'm not happy, I know that there's somebody who understands my sadness, guilt, or pain. Jesus Christ is the center of my religion and the center of my life and He understands all things.

How I live my faith

I spent a year and a half as a full-time missionary for the Church. And since I've been home, I have tried to share my beliefs with other people around me. I'm not perfect, but I try to live my life in a way that people would know that I believe in Jesus Christ.

What is being a Mormon like?

Well, sometimes I get some funny questions like, "Can Mormons wear makeup?" and "Do Mormons dance?" (By the way, the answer to both is yes.) Other times I get challenges from people wanting to see how well I know the scriptures. I know that being Mormon does not mean I'm perfect, but I do expect a lot from myself. I love being a member of this church because it gives me the opportunity to start over again when I make mistakes. It gives me extra family members all around the world and it gives me a feeling of unity. I absolutely love being Mormon. The standards are high, but so is the happiness. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Whatever you want! Okay, they do have specific lessons to teach you so that you can learn about the church and its doctrines. But you are always welcome to ask questions. Show more Show less