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Hi I'm Lauren

I live in Arizona. My husband and I have 5 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small mining community in rural Arizona. After attending university and serving a mission for the church, I met and married my husband of 17 years. We have five wonderful children, and have the great privilege of homeschooling them. We have a large property and enjoy raising animals, riding horses, and gardening. We love to go on family vacations, and have built many treasured memories over the years. We especially love camping together, often with extended family. I love spending time outdoors, running, hiking, and birdwatching. I am also an avid reader and enjoy a monthly book group with friends. My most fulfilling roles are those of wife and mother, and even though so much of my time is spent cleaning, cooking, and driving my children to and from lessons, sports practices, or other activities, I treasure the time I spend with them. Though we may not be affluent, I feel very blessed that my husband is able to provide enough that I don't have to work outside the home. I know this time with my children will pass quickly and I want to be able to enjoy every moment I can with them.

Why I am a Mormon

My family have been members of the church for generations, and l feel so fortunate to have always had the church in my life. I've never really questioned my faith; I've been blessed with the gift of a believing heart. This doesn't mean that I've just blindly gone along with whatever my parents did (though following their righteous examples has never led me astray.) I have had clear and defining instances of prayers answered, have experienced miracles and tender mercies that the Holy Ghost has testified to me have been from the Lord, and have seen in all the world around me unmistakable evidence that God exists and loves me. I have learned to love the Book of Mormon and the truths taught in it. I have learned for myself that it is true, and have come to know my Savior through it. I know from experiences on my mission that the Book of Mormon changes lives in a way only a holy book of inspired scripture could. I have received a clear witness that this book was brought forth by Joseph Smith, who was an instrument chosen in this dispensation by our Heavenly Father to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ for our day. He did see the Father and the Son in a sacred vison, and the church he restored is the same church organized by Jesus Christ in New Testament times. I have come to love each of the prophets since Joseph Smith, particularly those during my lifetime whose counsel and messages of truth have blessed my life. I know the latter-day prophets and apostles are special witnesses of Jesus Christ, and that doctrine and priesthood authority flow down from the Savior through them to the church. I have been blessed by the power and protection that come from making and striving to keep covenants within the church and its holy temple. I know that my family has been sealed through priesthood authority and through our worthiness we can be together throughout eternity. This is a great comfort to me, and gives me motivation to be the best I can, for myself and my family.

How I live my faith

I enjoy being active in the church. My family and I attend regular weekly Sunday church meetings, as well as participate in all the other meetings, service opportunities, and social activities available in the church. I love being a part of the lds community and have been truly blessed by association with members of the church. I am grateful that my children have many lds friends who share their standards and with whom they can have good wholesome fun. I have held many callings, or positions, in the church, and have learned that serving in the church is a privilege that brings many blessings and allows my testimony and talents to grow. I have served a fulltime mission, been a gospel teacher to children, teenagers, and adults, have served in the young women's organization, the Relief Society (women's organization) and I am currently the president of the primary, or children's organization of the church, a calling that while fulfilling, is time consuming and requires a certain degree of organizational skills, which I hope I am developing! I do enjoy teaching the children and learning from their pure spirits. I have always been a visiting teacher, which means I am assigned two or three sisters to visit regularly, befriend, and take special care of. I love this calling and have been so richly blessed by these women throughout my life. I have also always made a point to participate in the ward (congregation) choir. Singing the sacred music of the church is an important way for me to feel the Spirit and grow closer to my Savior. One of my most sacred opportunities for service in the church is in the Holy Temple. I love attending the temple and feeling the peace there. i try to go regularly, and when I do I learn more about my place in Heavenly Father's plan for his children. I also feel a renewed desire to follow the Savior's example.