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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm a Mormon. I'm also a wife, a first time mom and a part time dental assistant. I got my B.S. in English at BYU-Idaho.

About Me

I have been married for almost 9 years and just had my first baby. I love to ride my motorcycle, garden, learn new things such as playing the piano, and I love to be crafty. I love scoring a good find at a yard sale or goodwill and saving money. My husband does most of the cooking in my family which is fine since he like to cook and I"m not very good at it. I work part time so my house is not always clean but I've learned that life is not a contest and no one gets a prize for the cleanest house.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church however this does not mean that I was converted from birth. I always had a testimony and had a sense of what was right and wrong but my true conversion didn't come until I was 13 years old. That was the year my father committed suicide. He had been in the army for over 20 years and when he came back from the first gulf war he was never the same. After several attempts he finally succeeded. It might sound odd that this was part of my conversion but you have to understand my father was a good man. He loved us but he was ill. His death devastated my family. We all felt very sad and confused and initially a little lost, I was seeking some normalcy some solid footing on which I could begin to move forward and that's when I turned to the church. I knew that Heavenly Father loved me and that it wasn't that he was letting something bad happen to our family but through the gift of free agency that is part of our plan here on earth, my father made a horrible decision. I knew that tethering myself to the gospel was the only way that I would make it through my grief and be able to move forward. My father still loved me even though he wasn't alive and I knew that he would want me to move forward and live my life as if he were still alive. It has not been an easy journey but the gospel has lifted my burdens and my sorrow and has taught me to find joy . Bad things happen in life and if we focus on them then that's all we'll see, but good things happen too and I believe that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has taught me to focus on the good and pulls me back to the good when I loose focus.

How I live my faith

I work with the young women in our church, I teach them lessons on Sunday and during the week we meet together and have activities, some are fun activities such as mini golf, ice blocking, hiking, or movie nights. Others we do cooking contests, sewing, or community service. We help them plan and host activities such as an annual dinner for the elderly members of our church. The girls go to camp for a week in the summer and there is a lot of planning and work such as fund raising that's involved. I love working with the youth and helping them through the trials of being a teenage and having to make difficult choices. I watch many of them rise above the influence of drugs and alcohol to become amazing young women. I went through the most difficult time of my life when I was there age so I know how important it is to have adults around who are willing to help and listen. They are amazing girls who strengthen my testimony daily.