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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm a college student with three goals: to become a writer, to travel the world, and to serve a mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student pursuing an English degree and contemplating attending law school. I pay my way through school working as a dog trainer. When I haven't got my nose in a book or a pup to teach, I can usually be found playing the piano, perusing a thrift shop, snowboarding or horseback riding. More than anything in the world, I love to travel and to try new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but struggled with the Joseph Smith story until I reached college. Although a fourteen year old boy receiving a revelation from the Father and Son didn't seem much more unlikely than the Savior of the world being born of a virgin in a stable, it simply sounded strange to me. However, I continued to practice my parents' faith because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches that families can be together in the afterlife and marriages don't have to end at death. It is the only church that I know of that teaches this. I hoped with all of my heart that it was true. I gained a testimony of Joseph Smith by reading the Book of Mormon and asking God in prayer whether or not it was his word. I received an answer in my heart that it was, and that Joseph Smith had translated it. The feeling in my heart that it was true overpowered the logical questions in my mind.The joy I felt when I realized that I could now say that I knew I could be with my family forever was incredible. I am a Mormon because I hoped that families could be eternal, that hope drove me to read the Book of Mormon and ask God in prayer whether or not it was His word. His answer was yes.

How I live my faith

I live it in what I eat and wear, watch and read, think and desire, and say and do. "Live my faith" is the perfect way to describe the religious practices of a Mormon. Our religion shapes our lifestyle. Everything I do, I do to become closer to my Savior and to become more like Him. Church meetings also play a large role in my faith. Like other Christians, Mormons gather on the Sabbath to worship together. Church leaders do their best to give every member a job, known as a calling, so that they can contribute to meetings. During Church I play hymns on the piano while the congregation sings. I began doing this in youth meetings at the age of twelve, and it seems I have hardly gone a week without playing the piano since. I also sing in several church choirs and have had the chance to direct one in my student ward meetings at college. I never feel closer to God than when I am bringing His spirit to others through music. Currently I am preparing to serve a full time mission for the LDS church. I volunteered to teach our beliefs for a period of 18 months wherever I was needed. I could have been called anywhere in the world, but was asked to serve in Kentucky, USA.