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Hi I'm Laken

I grew up in Utah, moved to the Middle East, and currently attend a military boarding school in Indiana. Oh,and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Laken. I grew up in Sandy, Utah and I guess I expected to stay there for whatever reason. Needless to say God had other plans and I now live in the Middle East and attend a military boarding school in Indiana. Military school? Yeah, you're probably thinking, "what'd he do to get sent their?" My reply: nothing, it was a choice that I made. You see, when I moved to the Middle East there weren't any options for American Students to go to high school. So it was either high school or boarding school. I prayerfully studied all of my options and was guided to Culver Military Academy. It has been three years since I made that decision, and I am currently a Senior due to graduate in two months. I love it at Culver, and because of that love my school has played a large role in who I am today. When I'm at Culver my hobbies include rugby, finding a good series on Netflix, and participating in my school's silent drill platoon. When I'm back in the west (Utah or Idaho) I am an outdoor enthusiast. My favorite outdoor activities include skiing, backpacking, and fly-fishing. My dream job is to work as a fly-fishing guide or a ski instructor. One other thing that you should know about me is that I recently received my call to be a missionary in the Seoul, Korea mission and I report to the missionary training center in July. I am so excited to serve and every day that passes I get a little more excited. If you feel that I can help you in any way please don't hesitate to reach out.

Why I am a Mormon

From what I can tell life long members and converts all have to be converted. It is a process that everyone goes through for most of their lives, if not all of their lives. I was fortunate enough to be born into the church and for most of my life I considered myself a member. However, life happened and I started making not so good decisions and before I knew it I didn't consider myself a member, I was about 16. Eventually, I had to come to terms with the fact that I was not authentically happy, something was missing. So, I searched for happiness in every direction intentionally in a manner that wouldn't lead to the church, and found the same empty feeling. And one day I screwed up bad in my search and wound up in some trouble, and it wasn't so much the fear or guilt associated with my wrongdoings that changed me it was the love of two good parents. They gave me a glimpse of the loving concern and mercy any parent has, and I came to the conclusion that if my earthly parents loved me that much than I had no comprehension of the love my Savior and Heavenly Father have for me. It is because of that eternal love that I had the courage to contact my bishop, undergo the repentance process, and make my way back to what I always knew would make me happy. So to put it succinctly, I am a Mormon because through my mistakes I have learned that I am happiest when I am walking forthright before God.

How I live my faith

Well as I stated in my intro I attend a boarding school, so upon going I assumed that there would not be many people who shared my faith and up until last year I was the only Mormon student on campus. Most people at Culver know I am Mormon and my peers often ask me questions about my faith, I've even been lucky enough to have some friends want to attend church with me. My motto is that everyday I have to be a missionary, because I share my values almost everyday and for me not to live them would not only tarnish my reputation, but the reputation of the gospel which I love immensely. Fortunately, I am able to attend church every Sunday at my local ward about 20 minutes from school. My ward has been so supportive and have helped me to succeed and thrive in my current environment, to them I am truly grateful. The main way that I participate at church is by being an example, we have a relatively small ward with many members who are recent converts, so I try to be supportive and as friendly as possible in order to make them feel welcome and loved. Another responsibility that I have taken on is blessing the sacrament. There are not many young men in my ward so I have had the opportunity to bless the sacrament quite frequently, and it is a duty that has slowly shifted from something that I took lightly to a ceremony that I look forward to each Sunday.