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Hi I'm Lauren

I love basketball. I dance and sing all the time. I've just been called to serve the Lord. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in American Samoa with my Grandparents, mom, brother, sister and Aunt. Though I come from a single parent home, my family has supported me through everything. From playing basketball in the South Pacific Games, to deciding I was supposed to serve my mission. Family has been one of the most important things in the world to me. Sister Marjorie Pay Hinckley said "The home is where you are loved the most and act the worst." I can tell you right now, that is true. Me and my family have tried our best to be a whole. Though we're missing people, we've been finding happiness in the little things. Things found only in families. I have recently been called to serve in the Urdaneta Philippines Mission and cannot wait to get started. I caught the wave my friends (:

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I wasn't born with a testimony. I knew the church was true because my parents knew it that it was. I based my testimony on theirs for many of my childhood and youth years. It wasn't until I was 13 that I got a testimony of my own. Though it struggled every now and then, I realized that the reason why I am happy is because of this church. That I am strong even after my parents split up because of the church. The gospel has given me so many different reasons why I am and remain a Mormon that I can't possibly name them all.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn't always easy. Here in American Samoa there are so many different faiths. Believe it or not, there are different religious sects right across the street in many parts of the island. Living in a place where everyone believes in God is easy, but living somewhere where everyone practices their faiths differently is a little difficult. I've learned that complete obedience to the Lord and His commandments can make me happy. Though in worldly views I am looked down upon, I've tried to keep an eternal perspective. Standing up for what I know is right and true has really helped me strengthen my testimony and keep me out of trouble. In my past and present calling that I have now, I work with the Primary. The young children of the church and love every second of it. They are wonderful examples of innocence and purity. Though I get lessons ready every week to teach them on Sundays, they are the ones who teach me.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Young men of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are called of God and commanded to serve missions at the age of 18 for 2 years. Women serve at the age of 19 if they want to help the work progress for 18 months. However, it is not commanded of the Lord for the young women of the church to serve their missions. Show more Show less