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Hi I'm Lauren

I'm a rafting guide, an outdoor enthusiast, and a yoga teacher. I'm a military wife, and new mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love everything about the outdoors. I love the diversity of people I meet, and the variety of activities in all seasons. From kayaking to rock climbing, skiing to camping, I'm ready for the blissful mix of adrenaline and serenity. I was a rafting guide for eight years while earning my bachelor's degree in Recreation Management and then a master's degree in Public Administration. I'm a certified yoga teacher, and now as a new mother, I teach Mommy & Me yoga classes to other new parents. My daughter and my husband are my best friends and the love of my life. My husband has been in the military for two years and during this time, he has been gone for six months of training and a six month deployment. During these times apart, our marriage has become stronger through a lot of laughter, tears, and prayer.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because my heart has been deeply touched by the truths that are spoken of by ancient prophets of old in the Bible, and of modern day prophets. Christ established a church while he was on the earth. He called disciples and apostles to administer the gospel to the world. That same church, with prophets and apostles, has been restored on the earth. Today, we still have a prophet called of God, who administer's Christ's gospel. The Book of Mormon is another account of Jesus Christ and is a companion to the Bible. Together, these two books provide the witness and testimonies of ancient prophets. The Book of Mormon was written for this time and as I read its words, I know they are true. I have prayed to know for myself that Christ is the head of this church. I am a Mormon because I believe in my savior, Jesus Christ. I believe that we have a modern Prophet called a God. I am a Mormon because Christ's atonement made it possible for families to be together. Death is not the end, and sorrow is not the plan of this life. The plan and purpose of this life is to be happy, and that happiness is found by living the commandments of God.

How I live my faith

On Sunday, I go to church and help serve as a counselor in the Relief Society, which is apart the largest women's organization in the world. I help teach lessons and create monthly activities, where we, as women, learn and educate ourselves on all sorts of subjects. Even though my busy one year-old daughter has me roaming the halls most Sundays, the Sabbath is my favorite day because I dedicate it in service to the Lord. I rest from my chores and focus on my relationships, like my family, friends, neighbors, and strangers-soon-to-become-friends. Monday night is family night. We sit around the dinner table, pray, have a spiritual lesson, then usually end with some fun activity, usually leaving me on the floor laughing. Family home evening gives me and my husband a chance to focus on our family, because a family that prays, laughs, and learns together, stays together. The rest of the week, we read our scriptures and pray everyday. We gather around the dinner table every night and invite friends or neighbors to join us. We work hard during the weekdays, and play hard on Saturdays. I believe that along with faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, and work, successful marriages and families are also established with wholesome recreational activities ("The Family: A Proclamation to the World").

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jesus Christ suffered for the sins of the world so that we (1) would not have to suffer them ourselves if would but only repent so that (2) we can stand clean before God and live with him eternally. (3) Christ can comfort us through sorrow because he has felt our exact pains. In essence, the atonement paid the price for our sins but also allowed Christ's love and peace to fall upon us during sorrow and trial. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

You can come visit any church on Sunday, or call 1-888-537-6600 to have missionaries come over. You may have friends, family, or co-workers that you can talk with. Come to monthly activities and enjoy good food, laughter, and a gospel message. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jesus Christ is the main message of every discussion. His atonement has made it possible for us to become clean and live eternally with our families. The plan of salvation is also taught, which has answers to (1) why we are here on this earth, (2) where were we before we came to earth, (3) and where do we go after this life. The missionaries will share a message of hope and joy, that all can be saved. They will also answer any questions you have. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a belief that in undeniable, affirmed by the Holy Ghost. A testimony is built over time through faith, prayer, repentance, and following the Lord's commandments. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

The missionaries are volunteers and have paid for their expenses themselves. They do this because of the joy the gospel brings and that it must be shared around the world. If a missionary could not pay for it all by themselves, their family, friends, and ward members may have also contributed. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Our nickname is 'Mormon' because along with the Bible, we believe in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, was written by prophets and is a second witness of Jesus Christ. Mormon was a prophet who helped complied the writings of the ancient prophets into one book. One such prophet was Lehi, who lived in Jerusalem in 600 B.C. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The gospel of Christ requires that we mourn with those that mourn, to feed the hungry, and cloth the naked. My favorite part of the welfare system is that it teaches a man to fish by providing skills and knowledge to become self-reliant. We may all fall upon hard times, and if we do, there is a helping hand to lift up the heavy burdening and help make their load light. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

All who have a desire to follow and serve Jesus Christ are welcomed. Color and race neither matter in membership or in the sight of the Lord. Both men and women have leadership roles in the church, each being equally important in their own sphere. Show more Show less