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Hi I'm Lauren

I was born and raised in southern California. I am working on two master's degrees. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a large family. There's my mom and dad and five brothers. I am the only girl and the oldest of all the kids. I went to Idaho for my undergraduate. The first time I saw snow fall was on my way up to college at the age of 18. I got my associate's degree in business administration and my bachelor's degree in accounting. I decided, with the help of some extremely smart and kind people, to continue my education. I am now in a graduate program working on my MAcc (masters of accountancy) and my MBA (masters in business administration). It's an intense program. I am also preparing to take the CPA Exam. I take religion classes through the institute program at my college, too. If everything goes right, I will be done in a year.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church. So, my conversion was more gradual. As a child I probably just believed because my parents did and I trusted them. Then, as I grew older, we were encouraged to go and find out for ourselves if the Church was true. We were told to read the Book of Mormon and to pray about it. Some people came back with stories of burning feelings and sudden instances of knowledge. I was confused and a little sad that I didn't have the same experience. When I read the scriptures I felt amazing and I learned so much. But I never had one instance where I just knew. The knowledge I have about the truth of the Book of Mormon and this Church has come over time. The more I read and the more I learn, the stronger my testimony is. When I read and pray, I don't hear voices or understand everything at once. But, I do feel comforted and secure. I feel loved and know that I am in the right place and doing the right things. It's the best feeling in the world and completely indescribable.

How I live my faith

I am currently in a Young Single Adult ward. Most of the members of the ward are students at the local university. I meet with them every Sunday for a three hour block. This block includes Sacrament meeting, which is the whole ward together. Then we have Sunday School. There are a few different options for this class. I usually attend the Gospel Principals class. Then we split up into Relief Society (with all the women, since everyone in my ward is over 18) and Priesthood (with the men). As part of the Relief Society, we are given a couple women from our ward to visit every month. This helps us make friends and makes sure that, if anyone is having a hard time with anything, we are able to help each other. We also have activities as a Relief Society and as a ward. These activities are fun. Usually they include food and games, and sometimes dancing. I love activities like this because they allow us to mingle and get to know more people. Since I grew up in California, I'm used to being in the minority. It's nice to have so many other members of the Church around. We strengthen and support each other.

Are Mormons Christians?

I think a lot of people are confused about this because they do not know the real name of our church. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We are very much a Christian religion. Christians are people who believe in Jesus Christ and try to follow his teachings. Our church is centered on Him. We learn about Christ and His teachings at every meeting. We are encouraged and work very hard to be like Him. Show more Show less