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Hi I'm Lauren

I move from place to place, collecting experiences and meaningful friendships. I love never feeling stagnant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a college education, a passion for theatre, a beloved library of books and a huge desire to travel all over the place. I enjoy doing experimental cooking and untalented quilting. I love listening to folk music and watching obscure, artsy films. Lately I've been trying to learn Farsi. I enjoy being in nature, whether at a bonfire with friends or enjoying some peaceful solitude. I move from place to place almost as a hobby. I can pack a box or suitcase better than the pros. I've lived in two countries, seven states, nineteen cities and more residences than I can figure out and I'm only in my twenties. My family means a lot to me. I come from what I call a broken, but functional family. I've got step-family members and pseudo family members and in-laws and genuine blood relatives and I love them all. My definition of my family is fluid. It has made me more open to loving people I wouldn't normally connect with. When it comes to friends, I'm selective and nurturing. When I find those like-minded, kindered spirits, I hang on to them, no matter the distance. It makes me all the more grateful for modern communcation and transportation technology. These people have shaped me and loved me and supported me and my life is better for the memories we've shared.

Why I am a Mormon

I've known my whole life that God cares for His children. I grew up through my whole life wanting to serve Him. I will do whatever it takes to know Him and become more like Him. The gospel of Jesus Christ as known and taught in the Mormon doctrines is the most complete, inspiring and sensible truth I have ever encountered. More than anything else in my life's experience, it helps me to change the parts of me that are least godly into traits that are more divine. I know I can be better than I have been. The promise of knowledge and forgiveness and hope for perfection motivate me to learn more about the Savior and it's found in this Church. I'm prone to logic and being a Latter-Day Saint just makes sense to me. The answers are here. The growth is here. The accountibility to God's commandments is here. The authority to make lasting commitments to be a disciple is here. This Church, this Gospel, this understanding of God and life and eternity is in perfect balance between hard proof and tested faith. The experiences I have had in seeing truth change lives are irrefutable. The feelings I have learned to recognize and trust come again and again as I study about, participate in and share the message of the truth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I participate in my various congregations as I move around. It provides an automatic home of fellowship. I've been given opportunities to be involved in music and teaching and planning with various assignments. One of my favorite ways I've been able to live my faith was when my dream came true to serve a full-time mission. Finally I could serve my Father in Heaven without distraction and I could find the people who needed strength and hope and faith and share with them the good news.