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Hi I'm Lauren

Book lover originally from the Pacific Northwest.

About Me

I'm a college graduate and young working professional.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the joy I have from the learning about the restored gospel. It truly strengthened my resolve and my foundation so that no matter what life throws at me, I know I can turn to my savior, Jesus Christ. There is no better feeling than the love and joy I have received from learning more about Jesus Christ and continuing to receive guidance from his apostles.

How I live my faith

It's a daunting task to be an example of my faith at all times, so I focus on trying to be a better version of myself each day. Whether it's being kind when it's hard (and trust me, sometimes it's REALLY hard), trying to be understanding of others who don't agree with my ideas, or sharing quotes with friends and coworkers, I try to let them see the light of Christ in me.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Lauren
In short, no, all Mormons are not required to serve a mission. Serving a mission is an opportunity for members to live out their faith, two years, and invite others to learn more about and come unto Christ. It is an amazing opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of the gospel, interact with people they may not have otherwise encountered, and serve others. While the church has volunteer full-time missionaries, they are representatives of the Church during their missions. As members, we may not be volunteering our full time, but we also are able to be "member missionaries" and invite others to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in our every day lives! Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Lauren
The money we tithe (10%) is to help continue to further the work of the church and reach people who might not otherwise receive our help. I like to think of it in the terms of a child and parent going to a movie. The parent buys the ticket and the candy and the popcorn, and as the pair settle into their seats, the parent leans over and asks for some skittles, to which the child replies 'but it's mine' because they are the keepers of the treats. Much like that example, we have been given everything by our Heavenly Father, whether it be talents or money. So truly, we are just giving a tiny tiny bit back of what He entrusted us with, so that we can continue to expand the church and help those in need. Show more Show less