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Hi I'm Lauren

From the tops of the Himalayas to the icy beaches of Tierra del Fuego, I've explored over 50 countries. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of four children and have been raised all around the world. I'm currently preparing to serve a mission for our church at the Provo Missionary Training Center and will soon leave for Hong Kong, China. I love learning about the gospel in both Cantonese and English and am so grateful for the opportunity to share the happiest part of my life with so many people. As I just turned 19, without the revelation our prophet Thomas S. Monson received about the age requirement for missionary service I wouldn't be here right now. Before my mission I began working on a Neuroscience degree at Brigham Young University, and will continue there when I return home in 18 months. I love scuba diving, hiking, snowboarding, camping, playing at the beach and finding hot springs - the earth's beauty is beyond measure and I love to explore it. Recently, I've picked up the ukulele and enjoy playing and singing for my family and friends. Cupcakes are my favorite, and if I have free time you can find me creating new recipes in my kitchen. My life is filled with friends and family and I love to be around them.

Why I am a Mormon

During my sophomore year, I played on the Varsity Volleyball team at my high school. The season was going great; we were working hard, having fun, and winning. One day, while playing in a team tournament, I was in a strange accident on the court and sustained a minor brain injury that left me unable to complete the season. I had always been a “straight A” student, but now struggled to complete even the simplest school assignment. My friends were busy with volleyball so I didn’t get to see them and I felt so alone. I remember many times when I got down on my knees and prayed to God to know why this had happened to me. Why couldn’t be healthy and happy like I was before? In the Book of Mormon, in 2 Nephi 2:11, Lehi tells his sons that, “It must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things." How could we ever understand warmth if we never experienced cold? How could I ever appreciate my healthy body if I never had a sick one? I spent a lot of time on my knees praying for help and understanding. Through studying my scriptures and receiving answers to prayers, I learned that through the Atonement Jesus Christ suffered for every sin, pain, and trouble that I experience while on earth. He understands what it feels like to be in my position and comforts me every time I ask. I learned for myself that this church is true. It has brought me more peace and joy than anything else in life and I will never deny it. God loves us and wants us to be happy, and with His help we can.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing as one of our prophets, Gordon B. Hinckley, encouraged, "Try a little harder to be a little better." Life isn't easy and I have plenty of things to work on, yet every day I seek to improve and in this I find true joy. By praying and studying the Book of Mormon daily I seek to become more like Jesus Christ and learn from His pure example. Christ showed us the way to treat people, especially our families, and that is with love and respect. Even in heated situations, I try to think of my Savior and act as he would. When I think about Jesus Christ's gospel the first word that comes to mind is love. That's what it's all about! As I've come to know the Lord, I've come to understand that He asks us to follow His example and His commandments because He loves us. The way we can show him our love is by always remembering him - trying each day to improve and show our love to Him through obedience and through our loving actions towards others. In the Book of Mormon in Moroni chapter 7 it talks about this love and how we can embody it. Verses 45-47 really outline my goal which is love as the Lord does. Check them out!