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Hi I'm Lauren

I grew up in Utah. I'm a missionary in Florida and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to play the piano, especially songs that help people feel the Spirit. I even had the opportunity to play for a Methodist congregation for Christmas. I love playing classic rock and hymns. I enjoyed doing theater in high school and competed in a Shakespeare festival. For a long time I wanted to be an English teacher, because I love to write. Instead I decided I wanted to become a seminary teacher for my religion. I recently went to college on the other side of the country where I received my mission call and had the opportunity to see two of my best friends be baptized members of the LDS Church. Over the summer I went on an LDS Church history tour where we bused from Utah to Vermont and back. I am the youngest of five children. I have three married siblings, two nephews, and a shih tzu dog.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all of my life. My parents are very active along with the majority of my family. Though I have always been a member, I still needed to go through a conversion process to receive a personal testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His church. During my senior year I lost sight of the things I was taught when I was young. I got involved with the wrong people and I stopped doing things such as saying my prayers and reading my scriptures. I became very depressed and angry. When I decided to start living the teachings of my Savior, my life completely changed. What changed it the most was my decision to attend the temple every week. Almost immediately, I felt greater joy and peace in my life. I have felt the difference that the Church's teachings make. The happiest times of my life have been when I have been following my Savior's example and being actively involved in my religion. God, our Heavenly Father, has personally manifested himself unto me through the Spirit. I have felt the cleansing power of my Savior's Atonement where He suffered and died for both my sins and sorrows. He has uplifted me through trial and I am able to endure adversity with greater hope for the future. The Gospel brings me greater joy than anything I have experienced before and it is not just a temporal joy. The joy that comes from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and eternal joy. I know my Savior lives and that I have a loving Heavenly Father. I know that Joseph Smith restored the true church of Christ back to the earth and I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. I have read it and felt its truthfulness. I promise you all the same joy that I felt if you commit to finding the truth for yourself by reading, pondering, and praying about the Book of Mormon and living the standards it teaches. I say these things in the name of my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I will be serving a full-time mission for eighteen months. This last semester I served as a family home evening group leader. I had about twenty single adults whom I taught every Monday. I also played the piano for my ward choir and other meetings. I have also served on a Stake youth committee and as a family history youth consultant. I pray every morning and night and I study the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other scriptural books every day. I attend church every Sunday and at least once a month I participate in a fast where I refrain from two meals that day. What I enjoy the most is attending the temple near my home multiple times a week where I am able to feel my Savior close to me.

What is the First Vision?

Lauren
The first vision was an experience that a young boy named Joseph Smith had. He was unsure of what religion to join and was one day reading in James from the Bible where a verse prompted him to ask God. He went into a grove of trees and knelt down to pray. He was overwhelmed by a vision where God and Jesus Christ appeared to him as two separate beings. He was instructed to join none of the churches and would receive further instruction to organize The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I personally had a experience where I gained a strong testimony that Joseph Smith really did see God and Jesus Christ. I was praying to know if this experience was true and I was in my room reading from Joseph Smith History where he recounts his experience. In his experience, Joseph Smith describes a pillar of light descending above him. When I read his words I was completely overwhelmed with a feeling of peace and this gave me knowledge that what I was reading was true. Joseph Smith did see God and Jesus Christ and he did restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ back to the earth. I testify of the truth of these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Show more Show less