Hi I'm Lauren Elizabeth
and I am a Mormon.
I was born in Yorktown, VA and I was baptized at the age of 8 in Tucson, Arizona on February 3rd, 2001. My daddy was in the United States Air Force for 20 years, so I was able to move around and meet a LOT of new people. I have lived in Virginia, Alabama, Colorado, Korea, Arizona, and now i live in Utah. I am an elementary music education major at Brigham Young University. I play the viola, and I love to teach my violin and viola students the joys of music! I also enjoy teaching swim lessons over the summer.
I grew up in the Gospel, but I have gained my own testimony through many experiences that I have been able to have. Through prayer and personal scripture study, I have recieved a confirmation of the truthfulness of the gospel. I know that Christ is my Reedemer. He is my hope for salvation, and His atonement is real. He has endured my pains alone so that I do not have to. He has felt every one of my sins and insecurities, so He is the one who knows best how to bless and comfort me. The Holy Ghost is real. I know this. I have felt the overwhelming power of the great influence it can have in my life. If I live worthily, I can always have this sacred member of the Godhead with me. I know that my family is forever--and that we can be together throughout the eternities because my parents made the choice to be married and sealed in the temple. The temple is a great blessing in my life, because I know that when I do the work for others who have not had the opportunity to accept the gospel in this life, I not only bless them, but I recieve blessings as well. I know the Church has been restored on this earth by God's servant Joseph Smith, and that it is lead today by Thomas S. Monson, who is God's mouthpiece. When he speaks, it is revelation from God. Additionally, the prophets in the Book of Mormon truly lived, and their great example has inspired me to try to be more Christ-like in my own life. I am far from perfect, and I know that I do not know everything there is to know about the gospel, but since "Through Christ, all things are possible", I can someday attain a greater knowlege and testimony of Jesus Christ. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves all of His children equally, and all who come to him in sincere prayer can find truth, comfort, and a personal witness of the truthfulness of this gospel.
I know that I am very far from perfect, but the best way for me that I can show I am striving to be Christ-like is to serve others. I truly enjoy finding opportunities to serve in my community, and I currently have the opportunity to help teach a little boy in my ward who suffers from dyslexia how to read, and it truly brightens my day!