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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm a history enthusiast. I love to travel, meet new people, and try new food. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning in life--however the lessons come. I recently fulfilled a life goal to run a half marathon, and now I can't wait to run another! I love trying new recipes, getting lost in a good book, learning new sports, hiking, and making friends. I grew up with my parents, two brothers, and three sister in the Seattle area. I had the opportunity to travel quite a bit as a teenager--England, Mexico, Canada, Belize, Caribbean Islands, Thailand, and Bangladesh. Each place I visited had an impact on me and increased my understanding of God and his plan for us. I left home when I was 18 to go to school at Brigham Young University--Idaho. After earning my Associates Degree, I transferred to Brigham Young University in Utah. I studied there for a year before taking the opportunity to be a missionary for 18 months in Mendoza, Argentina. Never in my life have I felt closer to Heavenly Father and had a greater understanding of His role in my life than I did as I associated with and served the people of Argentina. When I returned home from my mission, I completed my studies at BYU by moving to Washington, DC and teaching ancient history to seventh graders. I finally earned a Bachelor's Degree in education and received my license to teach social studies to secondary-aged students. While teaching was a wonderful experience, I am eager to broaden my life and expand my horizons. I am anxiously awaiting a job in instructional design in Washington, DC.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents taught me about Jesus Christ, the restoration of His church in modern times, and God's plan for His children. I never doubted what they taught me. I learned many wonderful things from the example of my parents; my father did not join the Church until he was 30 years old. From him I learned that it is possible--even vitally important--to learn for myself if what I'd been raised to believe was true. I felt like what I'd been taught to believe was good, but I wanted to know for myself. I wanted the kind of knowledge that caused people, like my great-great-grandmother, to abandon all they possessed, all they knew, titles, and thrones in order to unite themselves with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My life was good, but I knew that I had just barely begun to scratch the surface of the happiness I could enjoy. I distinctly remember the day I finished reading the entire Book of Mormon for the first time. I was 18 years old. I had been eager to finally finish reading it for myself so I could experiment on the prophet Moroni's challenge to read and ask God in prayer if the Book of Mormon is His word. My prayer was quiet and sincere. The response to my question, for which I so anxiously awaited, came before I'd even asked--I already had my answer; I'd known all along; I knew that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. I felt at peace. As I pondered and prayed, Heavenly Father put all the puzzle pieces--years of seemingly random experiences--together in my mind and I could see. All along the way, as I'd been reading the Book of Mormon and applying the teachings of Jesus Christ into my life, my life had improved and I became a better person. I realized how sweet the fruits of the Book of Mormon actually are and I finally learned for myself that it is true. The Book of Mormon is my constant reminder that Heavenly Father can gives us eyes to see when we seek Him out daily.

How I live my faith

I've had the opportunity to serve God's children in many different ways through the course of my life. As a missionary in Argentina, I was blessed to talk with many different people from all walks of life. They generously welcomed me into their homes and their lives. Together we learned about Jesus Christ and His central role in our lives and in God's great plan of happiness. I've helped facilitate learning about the scriptures and the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a teacher at church each week. I've spent time visiting different women in each congregation where I've lived, talking about our lives, our struggles and fears, our triumphs and victories, and about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I've helped organize activities for the young, single adults in the area; activities that help build our faith in Jesus Christ and enjoy the life and opportunities we've been given.