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Hi I'm Lauren

I grew up in Alabama. I am a biology lab coordinator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Alabama, but I earned by BS in Biology from the University of Utah. Go Utes! I am a die hard soccer fan, and Liverpool FC (English Premiere League) is my team. Go Reds! I am also an Auburn fan (War Eagle!), and when it comes to any of my teams, I am loyal even through the rough years. I love to hike, bike, run, and play soccer. I absolutely love the outdoors, and this is one of the main reasons I moved back to the South after finishing my undergraduate career. I have since earned an MS in Secondary Education in Biology, and I taught standard and advanced science courses to high school aged youth in public schools for a few years. I have recently moved into the realm of higher education as a biology lab coordinator for a small public university.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as an active member of the Baptist faith. I went to a small country church of only about 30 active members. I attended every Sunday, and I was actively engaged in my faith. I gained a testimony of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer at an early age, and I was baptized in my Baptist church at the age of 8. When I was just about to turn 17, I went to an honor band competition (I played the trumpet.), and I ended up making friends with one of the other trumpeters during tryouts. To my surprise, I ended up seated next to him (out of 40 seats!). During the honor band weekend, we talked about many things, but mainly religion. He told me he was LDS, and I realized that all I knew about the LDS Church was that 1) I had seen some commercials about it. 2) They had a Book of Mormon. and 3) They had a lot of children. Haha. (I had a couple of friends in high school who were LDS: 1 was from a family of 6, and the other from a family of 8.) I went home after the competition and talked to my dad about it, as he was the head deacon of our church at that time. He went to his closet full of religious texts, and he handed me a Book of Mormon and said, "Here, find out for yourself." I am so grateful for the open-mindedness my parents instilled in me. I began reading the Book of Mormon in February of 2002, but did not finish it until March of the following year. After reading it, I knelt down and prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true, if the LDS Church was true, and if Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet. The conviction I felt in my heart at that moment was so strong, it made me cry. I sought out the missionaries during the next month and asked to be baptized. I was soon baptized, and I have been a member ever since. I love the gospel! It has brought such happiness to my life. To know why I'm here and where I will be going has given me purpose and a sense of guidance for my life. I know that I can always pray about life's decisions.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings, but most of them have been centered around teaching the youth of our church, including middle-school aged Sunday School, and our Primary (or Sunday School) program for our younger children. As a teacher, I feel that I have a God-given gift in teaching others, whether it be about science in a formal school setting or about the gospel to our little ones. While I am not perfect (and no one is), I enjoy striving to be better every day, to magnify my callings, and to be a righteous example and disciple of Jesus Christ to my family and friends, most of whom are not members of the LDS faith. I hope that all who may stumble across this site and my profile will be able to feel the Holy Spirit and know that we have more in common than most people realize. I leave you with a scripture from our Doctrine & Covenants, a book of scriptures containing revelations and guidance from Heavenly Father to Joseph Smith and others: "Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God." Doctrine & Covenants 18:10

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Lauren
Anyone is welcome to attend our church meetings. Service times depend on location. If you would like to find out what time the nearest LDS Church starts their Sunday services, you can visit www.lds.org, and click on "Meetinghouse Locator" on the left hand side of the page. Once you get to this page, type in your address to obtain the nearest LDS meetinghouse. Here you can view the service times and even get directions! All Sunday meetings, no matter which meetinghouse you attend, are 3 hours long consisting of 3 blocks of meetings. Generally, the first meeting is our Sacrament meeting. This is equivalent to a formal church service in other faiths, when all meet in the chapel and a sermon is given. We differ in that two or three of our members are asked to give talks on specific topics rather than one sermon given. We also bless and partake of the Sacrament, which consists of bread and water and represents the atonement of Jesus Christ. Prayers are given, and hymns are sung. The second block is our Sunday School block. A nursery is provided for young children (18 months-3 years). There are also specific classes for children, (3-11), and also for adolescents, (12-17). Adults have their own classes, as well. The third and last block consists of Relief Society (for women 18 and older) and Priesthood (for males 12 and older). Young women (12-17) attend a class entitled Young Women. All children under the age of 12 remain in their nursery or Primary classes. Show more Show less