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Hi I'm Lauren

I was born and raised in upstate New York (not the city!), I'm a musician, a scientist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Freshman, soon to be Sophomore at BYU and I was born and raised in upstate NY. I love to play flute, and have even taken up a few students. I also play saxophone and a little bit of piano. I love to sing. I do research for a major health institution and I love that, even though it can often be demanding. I have 3 siblings and two very loving parents. I also have a brother in law, a sister in law, a niece, a nephew and one on the way! My family seems to grow by the minute! I love them all so much, and while I don't see my siblings so much because they've all moved out, I love it when I do get to spend time with them. My family did a lot of traveling so of course, I love to explore the world, and one day I hope to be able to visit Australia, where my family comes from. I'm hoping to major in nursing or possibly public health, and am very excited to see what the future holds for me!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in this church and so I grew up always being told "This is the one and only true church". I remember one day in sacrament meeting thinking, "How did I get so lucky that I was born into this church, when other people have to work to find it?" I reflected on that a lot growing up and as I got older, I would understand a little bit more behind why I was so "lucky". It wasn't really all luck. I was born in the church because I would be of more use to the Lord if I was helping to bring others unto Christ. I was born in the church because someone in our congregation needed to hear a phrase I would say in some random talk I probably gave awkwardly at the age of 13. There was never a specific time I decided that I needed to know for myself if the church was true. For me it was more like, one day I would be reading the scriptures and something would hit me and I would realize how much I needed to read that and that there was no way it was just a coincidence. Heavenly father wanted me to read that verse. And If he wanted me to read that verse, then through various connections, the church is true. Ever since I realized the church was true, I've consistently made an effort to build my testimony. Each time I go to church or read the scriptures I learn something new, and that helps me to know again and again that the church is true.

How I live my faith

Every day for most of my life I went to a school where I am one of very few members of my faith. Most people didn't understand what being a Mormon is, and what it means, so I always tried to make sure I have little pamphlets to give people. While pamphlets are helpful, it's always more helpful to be able to explain things myself. A lot of people are afraid to ask questions because they think they'll offend me, but most of the time, they really just have honest questions. I love getting to know people, and hear about how their life influences the way that they live, and how that fits in with the gospel.