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Hi I'm Lauren

I am a native Bay Area Californian. I love my family and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 25 and have recently returned from serving a full-time mission for the Church in Boise, Idaho. I am so grateful for the opportunity I've had to serve the Lord and preach the Gospel to bring hope and joy to those seeking it and help bring them closer to Christ. I grew up here in the Bay Area and feel blessed to have lived in such a beautiful area with some many opportunities around me. I ventured out to Colorado for a little while to have a change of view. It was such a wonderful experience for me and, although it made me appreciate where I grew up, it also made me realize that I can survive in places other than California (which helped prepare me for the mission). Before coming out on my mission, I was working in a spa as an Esthetician. I loved my job, making people feel beautiful both on the outside AND the inside. I have a small family but we are very close. Both my parents are converts which I am so grateful for and has given me many missionary opportunities with my relatives who are not LDS. Some things I like to do, when I'm not working or serving the Lord, are spending my time with my friends and creating memories together with our random adventures. I also enjoy hiking, playing piano and discovering new restaurants (I love to eat!), whether if it's up in the city or just a hole in a wall.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my parents both converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at different points in their lives, I was born into this religion. I am grateful to have been raised in a lifestyle where I attend church every Sunday and live standards that help me to be a better me and more like my Heavenly Father. Though I was blessed to have been raised right from the start of my life as a Mormon, I didn't have my own true conversion until my late teens. After facing challenging experiences that tested my beliefs of what I've been taught to know are true, I was able to discover for myself that this IS the true Church of Christ and that my standards are there not to restrict me but to help me reach my full potential. I can proudly stand today and share that I have a testimony of my Heavenly Father, that He is there for me, loves me and wants the best for me. I believe in my Savior Jesus Christ and know that He suffered and died for my sins so that I can be forgiven and become more perfect to be able to be in His presence again one day. We can't do anything wrong enough to be out of reach of His love. I know families are forever and that I will get to live with mine even in the life after. I have a testimony of timing and know, through MANY experiences, that things happen for a reason in a certain time. It has taught me great patience and trust in my Heavenly Father and has taught me to know that He really knows ME and what I need. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and a that he restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to be on the earth again today. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet today who is called to be the voice box of our Heavenly Father to help and guide our church today through the trials and tribulations that we face. We are ALL God's children and he knows and loves us each individually and equally. Know that you're never alone. I know that anyone can find that these things are true as well, through sincere prayer and an open heart.

How I live my faith

I am able to share my talent of music by playing the piano in church and accompanying others in their musical talents. I love that I can help touch others with the Spirit through music. I love to serve and so one thing I used to do was participate in an activity called Gleaning. What I did was go to a specific grocery store and pick up their day-old goods and take them over to the local community center to provide for those in need. Although I have never seen those who receive these goods, it gives me much pleasure to know that good foods are not going to waste and that I am helping others. I mentioned before that I have served a full-time mission, which is a service of 18 months to teach others about Jesus Christ's restored gospel and to build their faith in Him. I exercise my faith by sharing what I know to be true with others and testifying of how the Gospel has blessed my life and how it will bless theirs as well. In these difficult times, I am so grateful to be able to bring that peace and hope into others lives and help bring their families closer together and closer to our Savior.