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Hi I'm Lauren Yoshimoto

I'm a college student, a water-sports girl. I love music and movies. I'm an avid reader and eater. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah studying Communication Disorders so that I can be a speech therapist working with autism-related speech disorders. I swam all through high school on my school's varsity swim team and played on our varsity water polo team, as well. I love the water so much that I now work at a gym teaching children of all ages how to swim. I grew up in the Bay Area of Northern California with my 3 sisters, 1 brother, and, of course, the little baby--my dog, Rusty! I am the fourth out of the five, so I've experience the ups and downs of being both an older and younger sibling!

Why I am a Mormon

Where I grew up, there were 2 or 3 other Mormons in my school of 2500. Mormons were heard of in stories, but they were still a rarity. Whenever it's discovered that I am one of those Mormons, it would become a huge topic of discussion. I am quite well-known as the "Asian Mormon" and this has led to many, many questions throughout my life. It was no real big deal to me cause I would just answer the questions and move on. But, because I was one of the very few Mormons in the school, I knew people would base their entire view of Mormons on what they saw and heard from me. This was one of those things I knew I'd just have to deal with through high school, so I would play the charade and be the good kid. I never joined in on the drinking or smoking or what not, but in the end it was still just an act. I understood my religion and why it was good to not do certain things, but I never truly believed it for myself. It was always for my family or just expected because I grew up in the church, and this led to some problems. By the end of high school, I learned that without a firm foundation in your own beliefs, standards will eventually crumble when challenged. Once I moved to Utah for college, I was surrounded by Mormons. The pressure was off. I wasn't expected to be the shining example of a Mormon anymore. This was when I discovered what I really believed--that I didn't know for sure. I'd been living off borrowed testimonies and just going with it because it's what I was supposed to do. But this was when I decided to really learn what being a true Mormon's all about. Coming to a true understanding of this Church has brightened my life more than I could have imagined. It has lifted a burden from me. This real relationship I now have with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has made me a happier person. It doesn't mean my life is easier, but my testimony makes it easier to live it. Just knowing who I am, and what I believe in has made all the difference.

How I live my faith

I am currently on a full-time mission, preparing to serve in the Brazilian states of Piaui and Maranhao. For 18 months, I have put everything in my life on hold (school, friends, family, etc.) and will be living with the people, learning portuguese, serving in every way I can, and sharing the joys of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Brazil. I am currently training in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah and waiting for my VISA to come in so that I can begin my mission in Brazil. Until then, I have been reassigned to serve in the Nevada Las Vegas Mission to share our message with God's children here. :)

What is the Book of Mormon?

Lauren Yoshimoto
Do you believe God loves all His children equally? Have you ever wondered why the Bible only talks about God taking care of His children in Jerusalem and in the European Countries? If God loves all his children, what about those in the Americas? The Book of Mormon is a collection of the records of the people in the Ancient Americas written by the Prophets there. These prophets, like the prophets in the bible, preached God's word to their people and testified of Jesus Christ's coming and His redeeming atonement and infinite love for them. The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Christ. It does NOT replace the Bible or contradict it in anyway--it supports and verifies the Bible. We, as Mormons, believe the Bible every bit as much as we believe the Book of Mormon and we invite any and all to read it, as it promises all those who read it and sincerely pray about it, that they can know for themselves, by the Spirit of God, that it is true. Show more Show less