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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm a pole vaulter. I'm a Biochemist. I'm a Georgia girl. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah but moved to Georgia when I was very young and consider myself a Georgia girl. I have two amazing parents, one beautiful older sister, and now an awesome bro-in-law, too. Besides growing up in Georgia, we also had the opportunity to move to Hong Kong as a family when I was 12. We lived there for 2 years and I had the opportunity to visit many countries in Asia. It was there I learned to not only tolerate differences in God's children, but to cherish them. I am now living near Atlanta, and am halfway through earning a bachelors degree in Biochemistry. Many people have asked how I can study science and yet maintain such a strong faith - as though the two must conflict. But to me, the more I understand science the more I understand God and the closer I grow to Him. Before I discovered my love for science though, I was an athlete. I was raised a gymnast, and discovered cross country running at age 13. Never a very talented runner, it wasn't until high school that I discovered my first true love: pole vaulting. I went on to compete as a Division 1 college athlete until this year, when I decided to retire. I still run everyday, but now its around my neighborhood with my dog Kodiak instead of around a track with a whole team. I have a group of friends that have started to run 5ks with me, and we are hoping to work our way up to a marathon soon... or maybe just a half marathon. ;)

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was eight, but it wasn't until a few years later that I read the Book of Mormon for myself, and started to seek my own testimony. There was never a defining moment that I knew the church was true - it came slowly and quietly, "line upon line precept upon precept." And even now, many years later, my testimony continues to grow and change as I continue to seek the Lord. Studying the doctrines of the LDS church and those of most other religions, I have learned to recognize the difference between truth and everything else with the help of the Holy Spirit. It is an ongoing process, and one each individual must take for themself. I don't know the church is true because my parents raised me that way. I know it is true because I put in the effort required to gain that knowledge by faith.

How I live my faith

Faith is not a belief, but rather the actions one takes as a result of their beliefs. For example, I believe that talents are blessings from God, and should be refined and shared. In faith, I study dilligently in school and volunteer to tutor high school students struggling in science and math. I believe that we were sent to earth together because we were meant to learn and grow together. In faith I remain close to my family, and actively participate in the LDS church on my college campus, specifically for young (age 18 to 30) single adults like myself. "Living your faith" doesn't mean setting aside certain hours to fight for a cause, it only means standing up for what you really believe. It means thinking for yourself, and not letting others persuade your convictions. My faith is not just how I live, it defines who I am.