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Hi I'm Laurin

I've lived all over the U.S., and most recently in South America. You better believe that...I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently a student. I just returned from a mission in Manaus, Brazil a couple months ago, and miss that place like crazy. The people I met there have changed me forever in the way they embrace goodness and truth, and the way they love and serve people. I am the second oldest of nine children, and love to have a good time. I am learning more everyday that it doesn't matter so much what I am doing, rather who I spend my time with. As I surround myself with friends and family, my time is always productive. I am a big believer that as Thomas S Monson says, "never let a problem to be solved, be more important than a person to be loved." I like to dance, sing, play the piano, exercise, and bake treats. I like shopping, bargain hunting, fashion, and interior design. I love art, photography, caramel cadbury eggs, jelly belly's, concerts, and learning new things. I want to travel the world, compete in a triathlon, or half marathon, graduate college, cheer at some more USU Hockey games, and share my faith with those who want to know what keeps me smiling through the hard times in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been through many hard times, and every time I feel alone, or am not sure what to do, I know my Heavenly Father is always there for me to replace those negative thoughts and feelings with hope, love, and joy. An undeniable lasting happiness that cannot be found anywhere else. " But behold, the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love." (2 Nephi 1:15) I was raised in the church, but I consider myself to be a convert, because I have truly searched, and learned of the gospel, and know for myself that it is true. This conversion has been a process for me that spikes and dips, but I know that the church is true! I am not perfect, but as I ry everyday to be better, the truth becomes more and more clear, and my conversion becomes more and more solid. It takes effort! I know that the Atonement is such a gift, that I can overcome my sins and weaknesses through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I know that through the living the gospel, I can be with my family forever, and since my sister passed away this year, I have grown to appreciate that knowledge so much more. I know that this is not the end, and that I will be with her again. I can't think of anything better than that.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others as much as I possibly can. By reading scriptures, and praying, I can be close with the spirit so that whenever someone is in need, I can be prompted to know how to help them. I LOVE to love people. I know that Heavenly Father loves me, and knows who I am, and every struggle I face, and through that knowledge I am happy to share my experiences with others, and let them know that we are NEVER alone! That when it seems like "no one understands," that there is ONE who truly does. I believe the gospel to be simple. Based on love, loving others more than yourself, giving of yourself to make the lives around you better, and smiling when all you want to do is cry because there is hope, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and this life is to have joy. Happiness is fleeting, but Joy is lasting, and I find lasting joy most in my life when I simply try to align my will with God's and do the things he would have me do. He knows the beginning to the end, and through faith, taking one step at a time and trusting him I find that joy, a little more every day. "I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God. Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my own strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things" (Alma 26:11-12).