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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm grew up Southern Baptist. I'm a student at Brigham Young University. I'm an EMT. I'm a convert. And I'm Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Psychology Major and Anthropology Minor at BYU. However, ever since becoming an EMT, I've decided to go into nursing or become a paramedic after finishing undergrad. I was raised Southern Baptist and converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints three and a half years ago. Ever since, I have never felt happier or closer to my Heavenly Father or my Savior, Jesus Christ! I love to admire the resplendent views of the world around me, whether it is through emerson within them or indirectly through various forms of art. I absolutely adore traveling and experiencing new people, cultures, foods, etc. I long to travel and see the world! If I can't travel, however, I'm content to curl up with a good book. Although, whenever I'm not reading, I'm so used to being active that I can barely sit still for 5 minutes at a time. I am that annoying eternal optimist. I can be girly, but I'm also a bit of a tomboy from growing up with my amazing brother and my two god-brothers. Counting my god-brothers, I have three older brothers, so I'm the youngest AND the only girl. You can imagine the protectiveness! My parents have taught me, through their quiet example, the difference that true service and generosity can have on the world and I strive to emulate that in my own life. I firmly believe that if we see increasing darkness in the world that our best defense is to combat it by striving to add to the light, or at the very least not add to the darkness. I hope to be a light.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I Mormon? Well, I was raised Southern Baptist by wonderful, Christian parents who are firm in their beliefs. However, I always felt there was something missing in my life that I couldn't explain. I had questions I couldn't answer. For years I tried to find answers to my questions or what might fill that void, and failed. Eventually I was on the verge of giving up. I was beginning to wonder if my answers were even out there at all, or if any one church had all the answers. It was at this point that my best friend & I decided to do our own world religions study. I wasn't looking for my own beliefs, but rather was intrigued by how other people felt they had found their answers or found peace. We both genuinely wanted to learn about other religions so that we could understand them better, find common ground, reduce prejudice & possibly even just learn something fascinating. We didn't want biased or out of context information, so our only rule was that we were only going to asked people who actually believed in it themselves. Long story short, I stumbled into Mormonism. As the missionaries went through our list of questions, they inadvertently answered questions I'd had since I was eight. Those answers resounded inside of me. I was intrigued. I asked to have a copy of the Book of Mormon so I could see for myself what the difference was between their scripture and mine. As I read it, it testified of the same Savior I already knew & loved, and I felt it draw me closer to Him. I prayed about it & had one of the most overwhelming spiritual experiences of my life. I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know Joseph Smith is a prophet and that he had some of the same questions I did. And I know that Heavenly Father answered his prayers and that my prayers can be answered too. I know my Heavenly Father knows me, personally & intimately. This Gospel has drawn me closer to my Savior and brought more peace & light to my soul that I could have imagined.

How I live my faith

Everyone I have ever met wants to make a difference in the world in some way, but I think it's easy to get overwhelmed. Such tasks and goals seem daunting from the starting line. Especially factoring in the inevitable stumbles along the way. However, in my faith I was taught that "by small and simple means, great things are brought to pass" and that we are taught "line upon line, precept upon precept." I honestly believe these words and love the hope they bring! We don't have to do it all today. We don't have to be perfect on the first try. We will stumble. But we also have within us the ability to pick ourselves up, learn from our mistakes, and continue on. The things I endeavor to do on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis are not generally large, complex, or even difficult. I attempt to do things such as read my scriptures, pray to my Heavenly Father, and even just to seek out the influence of His hand in my life daily. On a weekly basis I participate in Family Home Evening, Institute, and attend Church. I strive to attend the temple as much as possible and seek for other opportunities to serve those around me. I currently have a calling on the Activities Committee in my ward and often help to plan or prepare for events. None of these things are difficult, but they are my small and simple means to not only change my life, but hopefully the lives of those around me. It may seem small, but step by step I'm improving. And I will admit there are often times I stumble and don't reach my goals. I am still learning. Christ is still working to turn my weaknesses into strengths. It is a process that takes time, and that's okay! My parents led by quiet examples of their beliefs. Similarly one of my favorite quotes by Francis of Assisi states, "Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words." Words may be powerful, but actions speak louder. I may not be perfect, but I am trying to live in such a way that my life itself stands as a testimony of Christ.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Lauren
Tithing is actually not solely a "Mormon doctrine." It's biblical and many other Christian churches practice it.I was raised Southern Baptist and taught the principle of tithing from a very young age. I still remember when my mom gave me an entire pack of my favorite chewing gum. As she was giving it to me she asked me if she were to ask for just one piece of the gum she'd just given me, if I would give it to her. I said "happily!" and she asked me why. I explained that if she hadn't just given me the entire pack, I wouldn't have had any & she would have had the entire thing, so the least I could do is give her one piece. She smiled and told me that's what tithing is about. We believe that everything we have in this world are blessings & gifts from our loving Heavenly Father. He doesn't ask for much in return, only 10% of what He has already given us. He doesn't ask for it because He needs it, but rather to remind us where it came from and give us an opportunity to show our gratitude. Furthermore, He is aware tithing can be hard sometimes. It's an opportunity to act on faith and trust in Him and His promise that He "will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them." (Malachi 3:8-10) He asks for 10%, but promises us blessings that far outweigh the sacrifice. He wants us to learn to rely on Him and not ourselves or the world and to develop an eternal perpective. Tithing is His loving way of giving us the opportunity. Show more Show less