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Hi I'm Lauren

I am a California girl born and raised, a somewhat lost but hopelessly optimistic college graduate, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent college graduate who loves to read so much I got my degree in English and was so impassioned about helping people I minored in Nonprofit Management, two fields of study that have made me well rounded and somewhat unmarketable. I have a life-long love of writing, playing tennis, and a passion for dance that makes me the stereotypical white Mormon girl who struggles to defy it with her unfortunate and unexpected mouth and love of flavored words and witty comments. I have had my share of struggles, none to serious or overwhelming, but am finding that although life isn't the party I may have expected it to be, I certainly intend to dance while I am here and laugh and pretend I can withstand anything. I am always searching for something new to try and love doing things I have never done before. I love to shock people and say the unexpected and I loathe being underestimated or undervalued. I have strong opinions and I spent much of my life hiding behind who knows what only to find that opening up to others allowed them to open up to me. I have not been called shy since my freshmen year of college because I decided it was so and that is the attitude I have adopted for the rest of my life, never to allow anyone to tell me who I am or what I am capable of. I am a die-hard fan of Angels Baseball, have an ever growing "bucket list," am learning to play the ukulele (turns out... it's not that hard), and am in the process of applying to grad school!

Why I am a Mormon

The Gospel has always been such a great blessing in my life. It has given me direction and purpose in my life as well as support as I have made difficult decisions and embarked on new and scary adventures in my life. I have found and felt no greater love than while serving others and sharing and partaking in this Gospel. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has blessed me with so many opportunities to learn and to grow, to draw closer to my Father in Heaven, and to become the person I want to be and that I know I was meant to be. To a certain degree, my life has not gone at all the way I expected and I know I would be completely lost without my Savior to rely on. The joy I have felt in the service of God is inexplicable and to explain the feeling would be to describe the flavor of salt, nearly impossible. I have been blessed in my life, so much that I am every day guilty of a lack of gratitude for my loving parents, for the gospel in my life, for the Atonement, and so many other things. I have had opportunities that I never would have had without this gospel. It has enabled me to look at myself better, to think well of both myself and others. The Gospel has taught me to be grateful and brave, to be loving and kind, to be considerate, to embrace my role as a powerful and divine woman who is tasked with a great work here on this Earth, to do wonderful things professionally, personally and spiritually, not the least of which is become a mother and to raise children. Being a Mormon has imbibed me with an insatiable desire to attain greatness, to be constantly improving, to help others, and to leave this world, at least my small corner of it, better than I found it.

How I live my faith

The Gospel emphasizes service. We are called upon endlessly in the scriptures to follow the Savior's example and be obedient to the covenants we have made. I am currently serving as the second counselor in my local branch's Relief Society Presidency and in that capacity have the opportunity to work directly with the women in that Branch and serve them and get to know them. I am vastly intimidated by this task! The Relief Society is the Church's organization of women, the largest organization of women in the world and the stewardship that I have in my small space has given me the opportunity to really see and better understand the role that this organization and the Gospel plays in these girl's lives. Living my faith is a 24/7 activity. I attend the temple weekly to learn and to do work for my ancestors that have passed on. I volunteer in the community, teaching tennis and dance classes to high school girls in order that I might provide a positive influence in their lives and help them find small joys that may set them on the path to embrace their Savior and all the joy He has in store for them. I attend church every Sunday and activities during the week. I made the choice to join this church and continue to choose the Lord over anything else in my life by my constant activity, by studying my scriptures, by relying on Him and trusting in Him, by setting a positive example for others and following the positive examples of my parents, of other good people around me and of the Savior.