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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm a third grade teacher. I spent a year teaching English in France. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the church and I grew up in Utah surrounded by Mormons. I had a very sheltered life until I went away to a private liberal arts college, where I learned to be more open-minded and non-judgmental. After that I spent a year teaching English in France, which definitely got me out of my Utah bubble! I am a part-time third grade teacher, and I love singing and acting. Performing allows me (as a very reserved person) to do things I would never do as myself, and it allows a cathartic release of emotions that I can't get anywhere else.

Why I am a Mormon

Originally, I am Mormon because I was raised in the church, but I continue to be a Mormon for a few simple reasons: it makes me happy, the teachings make sense to me, the church does good things, and I have felt God's love for me. When I am following God's commandments, I simply feel happier. I feel at peace, and my life generally goes smoothly. I know that when something is important to me, even if it's just a little thing, it's important to my Heavenly Father too. There have been times when I've prayed for help with things that really were small and unimportant, but I always received aid. When it was something that I couldn't do for myself, I received the extra help that made the difference. I have felt God's love for me. I was once challenged to pray to really know that God loves me. I did pray, but I was blind to the answers. After a few weeks, I heard a scripture that changed everything. In Doctrine and Covenants 6:22-23 it says: Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things. Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God? After I heard this, I realized I had been receiving answers all along, while reading, praying, or in a lesson that someone else taught. I just hadn't been paying enough attention to realize. As I realized that my prayer had been answered, and God truly did love me personally, I was filled with happiness and warmth. In my mind, I saw myself in Heaven, running to the Lord, and He put His arms around me and said, "Well done thou good and faithful servant." As I heard this it felt as if someone were putting their arms around me, and I felt God's love more strongly than I ever have before or since. I knew, without a doubt, that God loved me. So how could I not continue in a faith that gives me such happiness, knowledge, and hope as this?

How I live my faith

In my daily life, I live my faith by trying to follow God's commandments and be understanding and loving towards all people. It can be difficult to not jump in to judgmental mode when you strongly disagree with someone's choices, but it's not our job to judge other people. It is our job to "Love they neighbor as thyself." In my ward I have two callings (or jobs). I teach Sunday School, which can be quite a challenge because it requires me to be very familiar with the scriptures I am teaching about, and I need to prepare a lesson that gets the class involved enough to make comments and remember the message. I really enjoy my other calling. It's my job to visit all of the female new members in the ward. It can be hard when you join a new ward, and even more so if you have just joined the church. I know I had difficulties in my new ward because I didn't know anyone, so I didn't always want to go. With this calling I get to meet with the new members so they know that we are aware of them and care about them, so they know at least one person in the ward, and to give them a little spiritual message for the first month they are in the ward. I'm in a singles ward, so we get a lot of new members when school semesters end, and I get to meet a lot of new people. It's good for me too because now I have more friends in the ward!