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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm a mom of three who loves to travel, have adventures, and wants to be a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Bay Area of Northern California. When I was a kid, I read almost constantly and dreamed of growing up to be a lawyer, a writer, and a world traveler. I went to college in Idaho to study English Literature and met my husband there. Since we got married, we've moved all over the U.S., had three kids, and innumerable adventures. I love exploring new places, learning new things. Now that I've got three kids along for the ride, I love exposing them to new cultures and different ways of life. My biggest dream is to travel with them. I'm a big believer in the idea that each of us can make a difference in the world, even if it is just changing one person's life, and I started a non profit organization with my sister last year to try and change the lives of women and girls all over the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family and growing up, we were very active in the Mormon Church. As a child, I do remember feeling the Spirit when I attended Church and knowing with surety that my Heavenly Father loved me and wanted me to choose the right. As a teenager, I chose to step back a little from the Church because I felt like I should be able to find my own path in life instead of doing what my parents did. The brief period of time that I chose not follow Gospel teachings was not a happy time in my life, but it wasn't until after I was married that I really examined the choices I was making in my life and realized that I needed to fully commit myself to living the Gospel in order to be happy in this earthly life and beyond it. From my own personal experiences, I know that I am happiest when I am doing the things the Lord has asked me to.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending my church meetings faithfully every Sunday, and helping out within my ward. Right now, I work with the children, ages 3 to 11, teaching them Gospel Principles through lessons, activities and music. I also live my faith by looking for opportunities to serve and help people, by trying to be honest whenever I am dealing with people, and by being a good example to my children. Another way I live my faith is by praying to the Lord on a regular basis and by paying attention to the answers to prayers that I receive.