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Hi I'm Lavinia

I was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. Social issues are huge for me. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am from Oakland, CA, but am currently a college student and have been for the LONGEST time! I started my college career pursuing a degree in business, but after serving a full-time mission in New York for the LDS Church, I returned and decided the field I would be going into wasn't worth it because I lacked passion for business. After taking a semester to explore my options, I settled on sociology. Issues like poverty, educational systems, racial and ethnic relationships, minority groups, socioeconomic differences and so on spark a huge interest for me. I love people and trying to understand patterns of behavior, both on the individual and group levels. Sociology helps me to cater to this passion and I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn about these things, with a goal of not just seeking to more fully understand, but also looking for possible ways to improve the situation. I've learned quite a bit from my life experiences thus far, and look forward to learning more! Family, volleyball, eating, cooking/baking, and serving others also help make my life that much more enjoyable! :)

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the Church, I haven't always known for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true Church, on the earth in our day. As members of the LDS Church, we must all seek out for ourselves the truthfulness of this gospel. The way I came to know for myself that the Church was true is interesting. I never expected to be in Utah. However, with an odd twist of events, both my older brother and I were accepted into Brigham Young University. We transferred from our respective California universities and made the move to Provo, UT. My first semester there, I enrolled in a Book of Mormon religion class, where reading the Book of Mormon was part of the class requirement. At first, I only read because it was required. But, as I continued to read and pay close attention to what I was reading, and then as I tried to implement some of what I read in my own life, I couldn't seem to put the book down. Eventually, I prayed as Moroni counsels, to know if the book was true. Sure enough, I received a powerful witness that the Book of Mormon was true, Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and that the LDS Church was the Savior's Church, restored to the earth in these latter-days. About two years later, I decided to serve a mission for the Church, which only strengthened my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I have seen for myself that God is aware of each of us and His hand in actively at work in our lives. I continue to be a member of this Church because I cannot doubt the divine witnesses which I have received throughout my life, confirming to me that this gospel is true and that Jesus is the Christ, Savior and Redeemer of the world who has helped prepare a way for us to one day return to our loving Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Within the Church, I have been given various responsibilities. As a teen, I worked with my peers as a leader over other girls our age, to help each other prepare for responsibilities we might encounter later in life - relationships, managing a home, etc. When I moved away from home and attended Church with Single Adults, I continued to work in various capacities. I helped out with the Welfare Committee, dealing with food needs, and so forth. I also did work with the women's organization, making sure that the women in our congregation were being taken care of, visited by other sisters each month, and helping Sisters who were in need. Before I served a full-time mission for the Church, I was asked to work with the youth as an advisor, specifically for the young women (ages 12-18) in helping them to stay focused and look for positive influences in their lives, especially in the urban area we are from. I currently serve in the Church as a Sunday School teacher. While I have served in many areas of the Church throughout my life, I would say that probably one of the biggest ways I live my faith is in the little things I do everyday. The Savior centered his life around giving and serving others. I try and pattern my life after His, looking for ways that I can give to those around me - whether that something as simple as a warm smile, or going out of my way to help another. Christ is the perfect example.