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Hi I'm Lauren

I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and am mum to a son and a soon-to-be-born daughter. My family and home keep me very busy and very happy. I grew up in different towns across England, going where my dad's career or my own education took me which has helped me become confident and excited when faced with new people and situations. I have been a primary school teacher for the last five years and it is a job I love despite originally wanting a career in the media industry after completing my university degree. I enjoy watching and reading about films and have a creative streak that has seen me be a member of theatre groups and choirs. When I get the chance to read a book I become totally engrossed and become terribly anti-social but if a good song comes on the radio I like to sing loud and proud and have others join in with me. If I could I would travel more often but for now I am satisfied with the places I have been...

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my whole life having been raised in a member family but it wasn't until I was in my early 20s that I truly made the choice to totally live according to my faith. I have always known that what I heard taught at church and in my home felt good and was important but it took a while for it to make a significant impact on me. I can remember throughout my childhood walking into a room and seeing my mum kneeling in prayer and was never in doubt of my parent's devotion to their faith. I started to realise that I wanted more than to be a member just because I had been taught that way and because I could see it made my parents happy. I chose to commit myself to reading The Book of Mormon from cover to cover and continuously prayed every time I did. I read chapters every night and highlighted verses and phrases that stood out to me for different reasons. Some applied to my life at the time and how I was feeling, some were beautifully worded and others just made me feel that what I was reading was true. I had read the Book of Mormon before but never with such a focus and determination. I found myself feeling incredible and moved, and at times overwhelmed by a desire to be the best I can be. I knew by the end of my study that I wanted to be fully devoted to my faith and had never felt so sure and confident about a decision before. Since then I have had continuous evidence that my choice was the right one. My faith has grown to a knowledge that the Church is true and that living by the principles taught in the scriptures and through the words of prophets brings not just happiness in this life but for eternity. I have been blessed because of this knowledge. I know I am a loved daughter of God. I know I can live with Him again because of the Atonement made by a perfect Saviour. I know that through my own choice to become more like Christ by being obedient to commandments and covenants I have made at baptism and in Temples I will be with my family for eternity.

How I live my faith

I like to think that every choice I make and the things I say and do are determined by the faith I have. My belief in a Heavenly Father, in His son Jesus Christ and in my purpose for being here brings me peace and happiness. I acknowledge that having a faith doesn't prevent me from facing difficult experiences but I do know that it helps me face any trials or difficulties with strength, hope and positivity and I can recall many moments when this has been evident in my life. I have married a man who shares my beliefs and together we have created a home filled with love and a goal to raise our children with the knowledge that we are blessed because of our faith. I have been given opportunites to serve others through my membership and have worked over the years as a youth leader with the responsibility to run youth groups and Sunday school classes. I currently have the privilege of being responsible for the teaching and running of our local church's children aged 2-12 which is lots of fun and very rewarding. Ultimately I hope that my faith is demonstrated through my personality and approach to normal every day moments so I try to be proacti ve, positive and grateful for all that I have and do and aim to support and strengthen those I come into contact with by displaying those characteristics which I know are exemplified by Jesus Christ.