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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm a French Studies Major at BYU. I love cooking and baking, especially when I get to share with others. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am in my first year studying French here in Provo. I was born in California, and lived there until I was six years old when I moved to Colorado. I really enjoyed growing up in Colorado; it really helped me to appreciate the beauty in the world and others around me. The perspectives that I gained through that experience have inspired me to paint and draw the beautiful things that I see. I spent my high school years participating in all the theatre productions at my school, as well as choir. I also played string bass in our chamber orchestra as well as studied piano on my own. Though I don't have much time for all of the activities I did in high school, I still participate in my ward choir as well as our french choir. I also love playing guitar and ukulele. I absolutely love the french major at BYU! It has helped me so much to grow in my love and knowledge of the language and culture. I also love learning about the world all around me, here and abroad. My favourite thing to do is learn and develop my mind. I like to think that this love is what makes me different. I can easily say that I'm not the most hardworking individual, but this desire to learn has driven me through my educational and spiritual growth. I have learned the love of my Saviour as well as my teachers and family, and strive to be more like them.

Why I am a Mormon

I think my testimony really bloomed when I was twelve years old and our ward went to Nauvoo for a youth trip. We sang hymns in one of the historic buildings, and I feel were accompanied by angels. Afterwards, I bore my testimony for the first time and truly felt and recognized the Holy Spirit. I've always been a member of the church; I was born to my parents who have always been active members and have grown up with nine strong and faithful siblings. I was baptized at eight without any questioning of why or what my testimony was even built upon, but I think that I just always knew. The church just makes sense to me. Even when I find something which I question, all I need to do is say a prayer and I know that I can trust in my Heavenly Father, because he is always there with his hand out, ready to guide me along the way, and he knows the truth and the logic of things. I can always find refuge in the Lord and my Saviour, as well as my bishop, my parents, and even just in the strength of the Spirit in the church building. I love to study my scriptures and learn the lives of the prophets and Christ. My favourite prophet is Paul. I feel as though he is the best missionary and stands as an example and a shepherd to the followers of Christ. I desire to grow to be like Paul and Jesus Christ as my foundation is laid and my testimony fortified.

How I live my faith

Being away from home left me with a bit of a spiritual crisis. I thought at first that my faith would be solid, just as it was in high school, but without all of the activities that used to keep me busy, I found myself alone a lot of the time, with a lot of time to evaluate who I was. I quickly learned that I could develop a personal relationship with my Saviour and Heavenly Father. I became wholly dependent on the time I could spend in fervent prayer, the time spent in the temple, and the time I dedicated to studying the teachings of the prophets. In a few short months, I was able to redefine myself; though I was no longer a "theatre kid" or the younger sister of my older siblings, I came to realize that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This is my defining feature. My relationship with my Saviour helps me to be who I want to be. This knowledge helps me to share my testimony through my example, sharing my talents, and sharing Christ's love with others.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon gives you the opportunity to have a greater knowledge of the purpose of life and the happiness therein. I've learned what it's like to truly be happy and I find that so much of my joy is due to the knowledge I have of God as well as my family and the family created by the church. I believe that we are a people of joy and charity, striving to make the world better and to become more like our Father in Heaven and our Saviour. Being a member of this church is truly what defines every action of my life and all of the joy I feel from being alive. Show more Show less