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Hi I'm Lauryn

I was born and raised in Arizona. I am a laugher. I am a musician. I am a writer. I am a missionary. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a pianist, and spend much of my time at the piano trying out new music. I am currently a nanny and I am pursuing my associate's degree in Elementary Education--I love children! I am preparing to serve a mission in Montreal, Canada, where I will preach the gospel in French! My parents are divorced, and much of my family, including my father, have fallen away from the Church, but I love them unconditionally and my trials have only helped to shape me into the woman I am today. My goals, after my mission, are to attend college at BYU-Provo or BYU-I, get married in the temple, and devote myself to being a wife and a mother. When I am an empty nester, I hope to make it into the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. :)

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I felt like being Mormon was too hard at times, especially with all the adversity that surrounded me. As I mentioned before, much of my family is inactive in the Church, and there was always a strong temptation to follow in their footsteps. I often wondered if the path He had placed me on was one I couldn't master, and I took many detours throughout the years to try to make things easier, but I have learned that there is only one path that leads to eternal life, and that is the path He has set. I felt so many times during my life, especially when I was in the midst of a problematic phase, that He was giving me little pointers and pulling me through when I didn't feel like I could go on any more. I spent most of my adolescence searching for my purpose, and it took me many years to finally embrace His purpose for me, but now that I have found my Savior, I can look back and appreciate the darkness I went through--without that darkness, I would not have recognized and accepted His light so profoundly! I know I can never again turn from Him or seek after other means for my happiness. I see Him in the Book of Mormon, showing mercy and love to the scattered remnants of Israel. I see Him in my home, when I discuss the gospel with my sisters, or we help lift each other out of sorrows. I see Him in the faces of little children, as they teach me unconditional love. I see Him in the temple, where eternal promises are made so we can live with Him and be like Him.

How I live my faith

I have learned to live my faith by just doing the little things, and preparing myself for the big things my Heavenly Father has in store for me, like a full-time mission. I love sharing my beliefs with those I encounter, even just by saying "I am a Mormon" or "Yes, I go to church every Sunday". While I know I am an imperfect teacher, I trust that when I take every opportunity to open my mouth, the Spirit reaches out to those who are ready to receive it. I love to discuss the gospel with friends and family! I LOVE going to the temple. Just recently, the Gilbert Arizona Temple was dedicated, I have the amazing privilege of living close by. I am really big on genealogy, and as I have started to take names to the temple for proxy baptisms and other ordinances, I have felt so close to my ancestors! I feel a very close connection between my purpose as a missionary and the work I am doing for my ancestors. I know by doing so I bring them into Christ's fold, and bind my family chain together forever. I love my Savior with all of my heart, and my desire is to play a part in reuniting many souls with Him!