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Hi I'm Laurren

I grew up in Idaho. I'm running off to Panama for 18 months. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Idaho my whole life. I'm the only girl and the middle child in my family. I swam competitively in high school. I love water, it makes me feel so at home and when I'm in the water I feel like I can go anywhere and do anything, it makes me feel like a child again, like the whole world is available to me. I am currently a student at BYU-Idaho and I have no clue what I want to study. But that's life, sometimes we just learn as we go.

Why I am a Mormon

My freshman year of high school I found myself in an awful place. I didn't want to go to church. I didn't want to be "judged" by others at church (I'm pretty sure no one was actually judging me). I wanted to move away from this stupid and boring state of Idaho. I had quite the attitude problem. I hated practically everyone around me, but most especially I hated myself. The summer after that year my mother sent me to EFY which stands for Especially for Youth, it is a program put on by the LDS Church for teenagers from 14-18. At EFY for two days they have classes to attend which teach you about different principles of the gospel or about different people, like Jesus Christ or his prophets. There was this one class that caught my eye because it was about Joseph Smith, I've always been fascinated by his story. So I went. At the end of the class the teacher told how before Joseph left to go to Carthage Jail, where he was killed, John Taylor (then one of the 12 apostles) was trying to dissuade him from going. Joseph asked him to sing a Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief. The teacher, after explaining this, began to sing the song. As my tears began to flow I had a strong feeling in my heart and a thought in my mind, the things I had been taught my whole life were true. Mormons often used the word convert to describe someone who is not born into our Church consequently they were baptized later in life, but I consider myself to be a convert. I had to gain my own personal witness just like all members of this Church have too. We are all converts in this Gospel, all learning different lessons, all growing, and none of us are perfect. That is why I love this Church and the Gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day in the little things I do. Whether it is taking a few minutes out of my day to pray or read the Word of God, in the form of scriptures. I know that as I do these things and seek to help others, God blesses me. He gives me the strength to overcome my trials. Life is too hard to do it alone, God's only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, was brought to this Earth to suffer for our sins that we might repent, I lean on Him and He supports me through all that I do. I want others to know this as well, which is why I have decided to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm going to be serving in the Panama, Panama City Mission.