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Hi I'm Lauren Kasteler

I love doing anything outdoors. I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated with my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I love children and can't wait to be a teacher. I dream of oneday getting married and having a family. I love photography and swimming. I absolutely love doing anything outdoors. Hiking, camping, boating, picnics, sports, and anything else out in nature. I love spending time with my friends and family. I am currently serving a full-time mission in Florida. I absolutely love the opportunity to share my testimony with everyone I meet. I want everyone to have the joy that I have experienced from living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this church is true. I am sure. I know that Joseph Smith restored this Gospel and I know that President Monson is the true Prophet today. I know that living this Gospel makes me happy. I know that families are forever. My dad passed away two years ago and because of the restored gospel, I know that I will see him again. I will live with my family for eternity. I know that when I am having trials in my life I can pray to a loving Heavenly Father. He hears every word I say to him and he will always answer me. I am a Mormon because Christ went through the Atonement. He knows what I am going through and he can help to make my burdens light. He loves me more than I can even start to comprehend. He wants me to be happy. He gives me commandments and trials to make me happy. The trials in my life are how he is polishing me to be the best me I can be. I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading my scriptures, praying and being an example of a faithful Latter-Day Saint every single day of my life. I attend church every week and do my best to do what is right. I always try to stand up for what is right even if it is sometimes hard to do. I try to perform little acts of service in any situation I can. I'm not perfect but I know that God doesn't expect me to be. He only expects me to be the best that I can.

What is the priesthood?

Lauren Kasteler
As a woman, I cannot have the authority to hold the priesthood. I do, however, have a testimony of the power of the priesthood. I know that my life is blessed by the priesthood every day. I have been given countless blessings of comfort and healing by worthy priesthood holders. I know that I cannot live up to my full potential without the priesthood, even though I am a woman. Someday, when I am a wife and a mother, my husband will hold the priesthood. He will bless our home and our children. I know that, as a woman, I need to use the priesthood. I need to take advantage of the blessings that the priesthood can bring into my life. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Lauren Kasteler
God is a man. He has a body of flesh and bones. He wants us to become like him. In order for us to become like him we must have a body. Our body is called a temple because it is where our spirit resides. We must take care of our body because it is a gift from God. We should not abuse, defile, or neglect taking care of this gift that God has given us. He has given us our body so that we can learn to become like him. We are here to prove to him that we are able to take care of the body he has given us. If we do, our spirit will someday be reunited with our body and it will be perfect. Taking care of our bodies affects our spirit. Exercising, eating right, and not putting things into our bodies that could harm us make our spirits happier and help us to have the Holy Ghost with us. We will have a sound mind and will be able to resist temptations from Satan. We will also have a strong body that can provide for our needs and we can use to lift others to make their lives easier. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Lauren Kasteler
I have my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. As a teacher, I know that every child has their own individual needs, interests, and abilities. I know that I have to adapt my teaching and expectations according to the needs of different students. Heavenly Father is similar. He created men and women to be different. We have different needs, interests, and abilities. But just like each student brings something into their classroom, men and women have different roles. I know that as a woman I am important and that men are equally important. I also know that women need men and men need women. I know that we cannot live up to our full potential unless we have men and women working together. Side by side. Someday I will marry a man who will help me live to my full potential and we will create a family together. His role will be to watch over, teach, and provide for our family's needs. My role will primarily be to nurture our children. In both cases, we will help each other with these roles. The family is sacred and essential to our salvation. I am grateful for the divine roles that Heavenly Father has given us. Here you can read more about the family: http://www.lds.org/topics/family-proclamation?lang=eng Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Lauren Kasteler
I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to be baptized at age eight by my father. There are, however, millions of people who have not or will not have the opportunity to hear about the restored gospel or be baptized. Members who are worthy can enter the temple to perform the ordinance of baptism in behalf of deceased people. The ordinance of baptism is performed for the dead. An ordinance is the outward expression of a covenant made between an individual and God. Because of this, the person whose baptism is performed after their death, have the opportunity to choose themselves if they want to accept the baptisimal covenants. They are not forced into the covenant. They have the choice. There are so many people who have died and start learning about God and the Plan of Salvation, they desire to be baptized and make sacred covenants with God. As a member of the church, I have the opportunity to stand as proxy for those people who do not have a body so they can make baptisimal covenants and start on the path to the presence of God. Show more Show less