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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm college student and preschool teacher and fencing instructor. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of three daughters from my Thai mother and Irish father. I grew up in Southern California my whole life, falling in love with the warm weather and casualness of it all. I was always known (and still known) to be that girl with the biggest imagination and the biggest smile. Ever since I was little, reading and writing and hearing stories about heroes and heroines drove me to love school and pursue my education. Thanks to my mother and father, I became a strong, independent woman through sports, music, and handling family responsibilities in and out of school. However, learning itself it was inspired me to better myself through higher education. At college, I met the love of my life, my husband, and my love for teaching in early education. I am currently studying to become an elementary teacher and preparing my new family on Earth.

Why I am a Mormon

When I first heard about this church at the age of twenty, I told my husband at the time, "Don't worry, I'm not going to join." I did not want to join out of sheer ignorance and stubbornness for I did not want to hear if I was wrong about God. However, as I listened to other members discuss the gospel and hear my husband's own beliefs, I developed a strange uneasiness that led me to ask questions about the church. Those answers I received not only gave me light on everything in life (and I'm not kidding!), but also paved the way for my baptism. After being baptized, I faced rejection (the very next day) from all my friends and confusion from my family, especially my mother who hated it all. As the only member I knew of my family and former friends, I felt loneliness and pain, but not regret. While it did hurt knowing that not everyone accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ as I did, I still knew that the church was true and if I did not take this good news to heart, it would have been stupidity, not ignorance that would lead me to my destruction. So, I endured the pain, cut off the bad ties, followed the Savior's commandments and gave up all the negative influences I had around me. This endurance not only drove away the negative, but attracted the positive into my life, including my mother who, after a year, accepted my new lifestyle and love for the church. But, it was not the church that truly converted me but the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. The very principle that He loves me unconditionally brightened all the darkness away. The tears I cried out of fear for my future were dried and they have not returned. I now look forward into life with my husband and know that as I follow the commandments and obey Him, I will be blessed. And I know those blessings were only possible because I joined this church and continue to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in a way that would keep my spirit active in the gospel and mind constantly in obedience to the commandments. At work or at school, I set an example of Christ-like values of honesty, kindness and charity as best as I can. I understand sometimes that I'm the odd one out with a religious background, but I try to extend open arms, heart and mind to those around me who share common interests with me. At church, I serve with other women in my ward by providing relief and service during their times of need. I also keep track of the sisters whom I see and make sure that if they need help, whether getting to church or cooking a meal, that I can be there to assist them. I also help the missionaries who serve in my ward and join them as they preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. It raises my spirit and swells my heart every time I too can share the powerful messages of love that our Savior wants us to share. At home, I work my husband as a team to make our home a place where the Spirit can reside by praying often and talking about our Heavenly Father and Savior, our family and friends in a loving manner. We also discuss our own futures with optimism with the advice we read from the scriptures.