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Hi I'm Lauren

I love semicolons! I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I never know what to put here.... but I guess just the basics will do! I I love to travel; I have been all over the world -- Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Israel, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Kenya, Guatemala, and Mexico. The reason I love to travel is because of all the different people and their cultures; I am fascinated by the unique, wonderful ways that people live, their different cultures and religions, and, of course, their individual personalities; seeing how my brothers and sisters live across the world enlarges my perspective and makes me love them even more. I am currently a student studying Classical Civilizations. What is that? Greek and Roman history, culture, art, literature. I love my major, though it is random, and I hope that it will help me fulfill my dreams as an aspiring author. (JK Rowling did it!). My greatest dream is to be an author and share my testimony through the stories I write.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I have felt the deep and ubiquitous love of my Heavenly Father. I know that God wants me to be happy, wants me to continually improve, and wants me to reach my full potential. By following his teachings of the true gospel, I have the opportunity to fulfill those wants He has for me. I was born into the church, and I always believed in it, but when I was about nineteen years old, I feel that I had my true conversion. It was probably during the most difficult part of my life, I felt completely alone, inadequate, and uncared for. It was miserable, but then something wonderful happened. I realized, that through this entire trial, God had been my constant companion. Often, when I would have bad days, I would pray to Him and He would give me the strength to continue. I had realized that before this, I had built my faith in the wrong thing. It wasn't until after that trial that I was able to shift my perspective and build my faith, my trust, and my life upon God. When I was alone, His love saved me. I realized that though no one could understand how I felt, He, through the Atonement, could. HIs love was infinite; His love was encompassing; His love was perfect. I realized then that I needed to devote my life to God -- my Creator and my Father. He died for me, I am indebted to Him more than I can ever repay, and yet he continues to bless me, teach me, and refine me. I will do everything to live up to the plan he has designed for me. I am Mormon, because God loves me.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am living my faith by serving an LDS Mission. Right now I am in the MTC but will be leaving for Yekaterinburg Russia on April 17th. Being a missionary has taught me so much about the love Heavenly Father has for His children; being a representative of Christ, wearing His name on my name tag every day, was extremely humbling - I wear the name of the Savior! I only hope that I can live up to His expectations and be a worthy missionary. I live my faith by participating in my ward by teaching a Sunday school class. I love being able to teach because it gives me the opportunity to share the treasures I find in the gospel. There are so many layers and facets, and it is rewarding to be able to share my beliefs and these lessons that God would have us learn. What's more is that when I teach, I get to hear the perspectives of others as well, which also increasing understanding in the gospel.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

For me, the blessings I receive from from studying the scriptures is the love I feel from Heavenly Father. Yes, love! Whenever I learn something by studying the Scriptures, I am aware that that teaching has come directly from God. It is a testimony to me that He is aware of me and that He is taking the time to personally teach me from His word. That is an irreplaceable feeling. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

For me, increasing my faith in Christ always comes through the small and simple things: reading my scriptures, attending church, serving others, kneeling when I pray. By doing the small things, it shows God that I am aware of the details, that I am willing to endure through His commandments, and that I do wish to serve Him. I find that studying scriptures is more effective than reading them. I find that kneeling when I pray is more sincere than when I don't kneel. I find that immersing myself in service is the fastest way to feel His love -- for myself and others. These small and simple things help me to increase my faith in the Savior. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes! Undoubtedly! We believe in Christ! He is the mediator that made it possible to live up to our potential. He died for us so that we could have the opportunity to return to our Father in Heaven. We believe in Christ, we believe in God, yes we are indisputably Christian. Show more Show less