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Hi I'm Lauren

I am a teenage girl who likes to read, I just received my mission call to the Brazil Salvador South Mission, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I was born in the suburbs of Washington DC, but grew up in San Diego, California. I moved back to Northern Virginia at the beginning of high school. During high school I have participated in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, also known as IB. I will be graduating this year and I will attend Brigham Young University in the fall. I have a lot of academic work to do, but I also like to have fun. In my sophomore year I tried out for my school's cheerleading squad just for fun and got on. I did cheerleading during my sophomore and junior years of high school and really enjoyed it! I like baking and sharing what I have baked with other people. I also like going out with friends and having fun! I began school at Brigham Young University during Fall Semester 2012, and now, after completing one year so far, I will leave to serve a mission in the Brazil Salvador South Mission!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I was born into the Mormon church, but that is not the only reason. I have always grown up learning about this gospel, but I have had many experiences that have helped me know that the gospel is true. At our church youth conferences my testimony of the gospel has grown when we have visited sites where the gospel was restored to the earth. In Palmyra, where the LDS church was restored I have felt the spirit and I know that God and His son, Jesus Christ, visited the earth to restore the gospel in it's entirety and bring back missing parts of the gospel that had been lost in other Christianity over the years. I also felt very strongly in Kirtland, Ohio in the temple that the gospel really is true and correct. I don't like just following everything I'm told with blind faith, so I question what we are instructed to do in the gospel and pray and think about the doctrine behind it, and through this process I gain a stronger testimony and understanding of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday by respecting the body that our Heavenly Father has given me by dressing modestly, even if I may feel like the only girl at school who isn't wearing the super trendy miniskirt. I also avoid using profane language, and I try to encourage others around me to keep their language clean and uplifting. In church I help organize activities in the youth program for the 16-18 year old girls, and occasionally I help organize activities for all the boys and girls in the youth program between the ages of 12 and 18. I also help plan our youth conferences, where a lot of the youth from the region join together to help strengthen and uplift each other and strengthen our testimonies of the gospel. I am also very involved with the music in church. I choose which hymns the congregation will sing each week and I am the chorister of the congregation. Every time there is a 5th sunday in a month I will play the organ for our church meetings. I also enjoy serving others. The gospel of Christ is really about giving service and love to others, so I try to do this as often as possible. I volunteer at a local community center to help tutor children, many of who come from single-parent families, while their parents are away at work to help them do well in school and receive the help and attention that they need. I enjoy doing nice things for others such as leaving people anonymous notes of encouragement if I think they may be having a bad day. I like being able to live my faith so that people notice that I am different from everyone else. People notice that I dress modestly. They notice that I don't swear. They notice all the little things that the gospel does to my life, and I hope that I am a positive influence in their lives.