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Hi I'm Lauren

Born and raised in the LDS Church, I love the night sky, orca whales, Austen novels, and cinnamon hot chocolate.

About Me

I grew up in Utah Valley, as the second child of four. I've loved music my whole life. I talked my grandma into teaching me piano when I was five, and was introduced to the french horn at 11. I was first a section leader, then the drum major of my high school marching band. When our director quit, I organized and ran the marching band's rehearsals for two months. I love reading writing, and scuba diving whenever I can make it to an ocean. Currently I'm a Special Education major in my first year of college. I love working with children with severe disabilities and see their confidence grow as they are supported and challenged to do their very best. When I'm not doing homework I'm hanging out with my roommates, writing, or exploring nature. I tend to be very clumsy, and have gotten some of the most bizarre and amazing injuries throughout my life, each of which I have come away from with increased strength, self confidence, and empathy for those around me. It is my dream to some day live in a house along the pacific coast with a large yard and a big family.

Why I am a Mormon

I once heard my grandmother say that she was born with her testimony already ingrained in her soul, and I suppose that i inherited that attribute. While I was born into the church and both my parents had strong testimonies of the gospel, I never felt like I was simply borrowing their belief. I know that the church is true, that God loves me as well as everyone that has ever lived on this earth. He has supported me through every single difficulty I've found myself in. I still have trials in my life, but I have never doubted. Sometimes life is dark and painful but when I am hurt I know that all I have to do is ask for God's help and I will come through a better person. I know that Jesus is the Christ, that he atoned for my sins, and that he and God the Father appeared to Joseph Smith and restored this beautiful church. I know that I am a child of God, and that I will live with him after I die. I love this gospel, and wish that everyone could know of its truth.

How I live my faith

My first calling as an adult came two weeks after I went through surgery on my right shoulder. The call that was extended to me was that of the ward chorister. I accepted. The next Sunday, I was sustained by my entire ward to the calling with my right arm in strapped into an immobilizer. Many of the people in my ward were confused, wondering why I had been called to that position at that time. What they didn't know was that I had gone through hours of clinics on conducting with both arms throughout high school in order to be a better drum major in the marching band. My left arm was just as proficient as my right, and for the rest of my time in that ward I proudly conducted each hymn left handed, my right strapped across my chest. For me, accepting and performing that calling was an acknowledgment that God knows me personally. He knows my strengths, and gives me the opportunities to use those strengths to help those around me.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

We proelyte because we know that our church is true. We know that it will make those who know it happy, and is the best way to gain a relationship with God. We want others to experience the joy of being a member of our church, so we serve missions to share the message of our Church with others. Show more Show less