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Hi I'm Lauren

I grew up just north of Detroit, Michigan. I study history in Virginia. And... I'm Mormon.

About Me

I chose to study history because it sounded like the curriculum with the most exciting, interesting classes. And I haven't been disappointed. My favorite part of history isn't the politics or the warfare, but grassroots experience of the common man, woman, and family. I love the stories of people's lives. I'm also fascinated by words, and the connection of language-- where words came from, what they originally meant, and how that meaning has evolved over time. I like to edit papers. The positioning of words, sentences and paragraphs becomes a puzzle with innumerable solutions on how to best convey the intended idea. Music moves me, the way it weaves people together, and I love listening to it live, especially folk music. It makes me really wish that I could sing well and play the guitar! But that's not a talent of mine.

Why I am a Mormon

This gospel brings me happiness. It provides hope, and a path for continual progression. I know that I am not alone. I have felt Christ's love for me, and that He knows me personally. There is comfort in the knowledge of a God with the unconditional love of a father playing an active role in my life. Simply: Living this gospel-- practicing its teachings the best that I can-- has made me the happiest that I have ever been.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith by seeing those around me for the potential they have. I have learned that everyone has struggles, some more visible than others, and each very real. Each person deserves and earns respect, merely for enduring their struggles, and for continuing on day to day. Everyone makes mistakes. But no one is the sum of those mistakes. Struggles are personal, and they can be overcome. I try to shore up my own weaknesses so that I can be happier each day of my life. The gospel has become a source of peace for me, and an empowerment. I strive to listen to those around me, without passing judgment, and to share with them the peace and the insights that I have found. I will be serving as a missionary in the Paris France Mission, working to show others this path to greater happiness in each moment, and in the future.