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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm a violinist, sister, friend, and optimist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being alive. I love my family, I love music, I love the mountains, I love being outside: running, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, etc. I'm an optimist, I love puns, I love people, and I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm studying violin performance in college, and preparing to serve a mission in England in just a few weeks!

Why I am a Mormon

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was born and raised a Mormon, and I've never really doubted the truthfulness of the gospel. I love it. I haven't had any visions or huge revelations about the truthfulness of the gospel, but I have felt God's love throughout my life as I have lived true to what I believe and have been taught to believe. I have seen His hand in my life and have felt the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I have seen the fruits of the gospel, and they are good. I am so thankful to know that I have a loving Heavenly Father (God) who knows me and cares about me. I have felt His love and guidance throughout my life, and whenever I don't or can't feel it, I can remember and draw strength from the times that I have. I feel of God's love for me when I play the violin, when I listen to beautiful music, when I'm in the mountains, when I'm with people I love, when I understand something, when I feel His trust asking me to care for another of His children, and the list goes on. I am so thankful for Heavenly Father's love which we all understand and feel personally. I love the Book of Mormon. I know it's true because I have read it and felt strengthened just from holding it in my hands. When I consistently study from the Book of Mormon, I feel a heightened ability to focus and be productive, to be kind, to work hard, and most importantly, I feel a greater abundance of the spirit in my life. The Book of Mormon teaches me how to live the gospel and through studying it I can receive personal revelation from God about my life, the questions I have and the decisions I'm trying to make. I believe that God gave us families to help us become what He wants us to be. The church focuses so much on family because it's the most important place we can learn to live the principles of the gospel and build faith. I love my family and I know we are stronger and closer because of our faith in Christ and His gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day by studying the scriptures and praying in faith to a loving Heavenly Father. I feel His love and guidance when I do these things. I love going to church every week, partaking of the sacrament, and refocusing my life on the most important things. I have grown to appreciate and love the blessing of a day of rest, rejuvenation, and realignment of priorities. In high school I was a youth leader for the Special Needs Activity Program (SNAP), where I helped plan and carry out weekly activities, but more than that, I learned about love. It's so REAL at snap. It's raw and honest and loving and nobody takes anything too seriously, we just goof off and laugh and sometimes you don't know what to do and sometimes it's so frustrating that you can't understand something or someone but then you realize that you want to so badly and that's what matters. Some of my dearest friends are from snap, and I know it's because deep friendships are formed when we're serving the Lord. The themes from snap are core to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and will be important to me forever: 1. As I have loved you, love one another 2. When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God 3. We are all in this together 4. Lead me, guide me, walk beside me I'm a visiting teacher, which means I have been asked to befriend, develop a relationship with, and share testimony together with some specific women in my congregation. All the women in the church have this calling, and I love the friendships and support that comes from these spiritually-rooted bonds. I serve now in the Young Women's group in my congregation, and it's a blast! I try to come to know, support, love, and teach the girls (ages 12-18) with the goal of developing faith in Christ and helping them draw nearer to Him. The girls and my fellow YW leaders help me to do the same.