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Hi I'm Lauren Bast Kleinschmidt

"This day is going to be the best day ever!" is my mantra. I'm a Caregiver, a Gamer, and a Pokémon fan. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I was blessed in the very beginning of my life with very kind and understanding parents who nurtured me in the faith I cherish. They taught me obedience to God and that blessings and happiness come from keeping God's commandments. I felt the influence of the Holy Ghost work in me and, although I made many mistakes, as children often do, I found myself learning from them and using them to be better the next time the same thing showed up. I have always had a very intimate relationship with the Lord and prayer was no stranger to me. I have known The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true at a very early age. I knew exactly what it meant to be baptized unto the Lord when I turned eight years old and even wanted to have my baptism on my birthday. I have enjoyed the company of those much older than myself since I was a child and enjoyed their stories, wisdom, and often their very forgiving hearts throughout my life. I became a Caregiver as my vocation and it is a dream come true for me and my elderly companions. I also have a love for video games, a love that is stemmed from stories I get to experience, like a good book I get to make choices in as I play. Pokémon touched my heart with its message of friendship and wonderful creatures that helped me have faith that I could have friends, again, and that life could be better when real life was hard. I have also studied in the Arts and have a Bachelor's degree in Music and minored in theater.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church all my life ever since I was adopted by my parents and introduced to the gospel as early as I can remember. Those many days and nights when I would kneel next to my mother and father and hear them pray for me and my siblings are some of the sweetest moments I can remember. We read the word of God together and prayed together, learning how to love and tolerate each other as Christ would have us do. I will be forever grateful to God for my family. This doesn't mean I didn't face my own struggles with my faith, who I was, or where I stood in the world. I suffered at a young age with bullies and it often stemmed from my beliefs and my cry for fairness and tolerance, which were often ignored. I have had to face rejection often in my life. I did not gain any friends in the school setting until Middle School. I suffered from an addiction that almost took my life, literally and figuratively. I almost lost myself, yet the knowledge that I was a literal daughter of God, knowledge of Christ's atonement, and a realization that nothing I could do on my own had worked helped me face my addiction after seven years of being crippled by it. I learned from first hand experience, after all other avenues of help were exhausted, that God was the only one who had the power to save me from myself. I know God lives. I know from first hand experience that death is not the end and that we are literal beings of eternity. I have faced death and found it only to be a door. God showed me and He shared many other miracles with me as I exercised faith in Him. For those who seek to love and heal themselves and know not how to, come unto Christ. His arms are truly open to you and our Father in Heaven waits with a heart overflowing to see you again. He is our good Father and His ancient church is back on the Earth once more. I know it with all my soul. I share this gift of knowledge with you in the name of Jesus Christ, our literal Savior, Amen.

How I live my faith

I make it my mission every day to be a force for good in the hands of God and the best part is that by small actions, I have achieved goodly habits of service. When I go grocery shopping, when I put my cart away, if there are any carts around me not put away, I put them away myself. When I am in line at any store, I say a kindly hello to others and always intend to lift up the heart of the man or woman at the cash register. I wave to my neighbors and the cars in my neighborhood. I offer a friendly hello and a smile on the street and in public areas. If I have the means, I also go out of my way to help people in need. It is not uncommon for me to buy a meal for a homeless person, offer to fuel someone's car who has run out of gas, and I always ask the Lord in prayer to help me do something for someone that day. It doesn't happen all the time, yet I always make myself available to be someone else's miracle so that the work of God can be done. At church, I teach the youngest of children barely old enough to speak the basics of Christ's gospel. I teach them that God loves them, that they are the literal children of God, the importance of talking and sharing our feelings with God called prayer, the importance of sharing and caring for each other, and to learn obedience to God's laws so that we can be protected, among many other simple lessons. I enjoy their tender, honest, and pure souls so full of life and hungering to learn and grow. The calling I most relish is the vocation I chose to work for the rest of my life and that is being a Caregiver. I found that I needed to be needed, to exercise love and tolerance, that I wanted to be just like my Savior and how better to do it than to actually work to serve others? I am also learning another lesson and that is that I'm allowed to have fun and dream of impossible things. Allowing myself to unwind with video games that offer choices of moral impact in the story line are very satisfying to me, along with Pokémon. :3

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Lauren Bast Kleinschmidt
You know that feeling you have that your not good enough, that nothing you do matters, that life is a waste of time, or you feel that you will never be successful no matter what you do? Christ took those feelings on himself as well. It is a sin to think evil of our fellow man and that includes ourselves, which means that these feelings and these thoughts have been taken by Jesus Christ and atoned for. What does that mean? He knows how to get out of negative thinking like this, feelings that rob us of our peace and happiness, and He knows how to help us actually permanently change our thoughts and feelings of ourselves to help us actually feel love and that we ARE good enough. I know this from personal experience. God commanded in Leviticus 19:18 that, "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord." To put it simply, we are to treat ourselves as we would treat others, yet this seems so hard for so many people and I went through the same doubts as well. How am I to love myself, when I keep making mistakes and sin and I really am not good enough? I found that the love I had for others had been stopped short of myself and aren't I my neighbor? I had to admit that I was sinning when I would not show mercy to myself. Christ's atonement gave me the way out of this terrible cycle of self-abuse and low self-esteem and brought me into the light of self-forgiveness. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Lauren Bast Kleinschmidt
There is no way I could've gotten out of my addiction without the Holy Ghost. I found out really fast that the voices telling me to continue my addiction and destroy myself weren't the Holy Ghost. God never wants His children to suffer needlessly and self-mutilation through addiction and addictive habits are always an abomination in His sight. With how backwards my desires had become as my body had taken over my spirit and will, I found out really fast that there was no way I was going to get out of my addiction alone. I was too weak to do it because in the act of choosing my addiction, I had forfeited my strength in getting out of it by myself. I needed help. I tried getting out by myself and it failed miserably. When I was humble enough and wanted to actually get out of my addiction for fear of destroying myself and all I cared for, I found that the Holy Ghost was the boon I needed to hear the call of God and desire Him, again. The Holy Ghost is an actual person, a spirit specifically designed to enter into our hearts and minds who can influence us for good all the time if we will let Him. He is literally a third member of the Godhead, meaning He is one with Christ and Heavenly Father in their desires to save all mankind. To my joy, the more I listened to the Holy Ghost and let Him into my life, praying to God for me to understand His voice from my own and from Satan's voice, I found my soul healing and cleansing as I heeded the Holy Ghost's counsel and influence. Show more Show less