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Hi I'm Lauren

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and I'm a missionary for the Mormon church.

About Me

I grew up in a musical family and am currently a student at a University, studying vocal performance. Someday I want to sing with the Metropolitan Opera and teach private lessons. I also love to bake and hold the position of pastry chef at a nearby bakery. I enjoy playing the piano and flute, reading, writing, cake decorating, exercising, traveling, and trying new things (especially food). I love learning and I'm constantly striving to improve myself and expand my talents and interests.

Why I am a Mormon

My grandparents on my mother's side were the first generation of Mormons in my family. They were contacted by the missionaries and joined the church early in their marriage. My grandfather was a veteran of the army and a metallurgical engineer. He worked as a rocket scientist for a national laboratory in New Mexico. He was a man of logic and facts, making his investigation filled with doubt and skepticism. However, after much study and prayer, he was filled with peace and joy, and joined the church with my grandmother. Their story is part of what keeps me strong when my faith falters. However, my testimony has been strengthened through my own faith just as much as it has been through example. Just like any other experience, membership in the church is what you make of it. This is true for me personally. For example, my first year of college was key in the development of my testimony. It was entirely up to me whether I would go to church or not. If I chose not to go, there would be nobody to stop me. However, I was aware of my Heavenly Father's plan for me, and I knew that if I chose to stop attending, my potential would be limited. Church became a refuge for me, where I could leave my troubles behind and focus on feeling God's love for me. I attended every week, regardless of the circumstances and felt the incredible blessings of my faithful membership, including divine help in my schooling, health and strength, and great joy! I'm a Mormon because I love it. I have a testimony of Jesus Christ and of His sacrifice for us. I know My Heavenly Father loves me and someday I want to return to live with Him again!

How I live my faith

I work with the young children in my ward and I love each and every one of them with all my heart. Each week at church, I'm in charge of teaching a 20 minute music lesson in primary, using fun and unique ways to incorporate gospel doctrine that invites the spirit and engages the children in learning. Once we've learned our required set of music, the children get the opportunity to share what they've learned with the ward in the annual primary program, held during sacrament meeting. It's amazing to me, the spirit that these children invite and the simple joy that they bring me. In the bakery where I work, my beliefs aren't shared by any of my coworkers. I'm often asked questions about my faith and beliefs, and I'm always excited and eager to answer them. I'm always on the lookout for those

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I am a woman of the church and I am completely normal! :) I love shopping, watching sappy movies, eating chocolate, and hanging out with my friends. I believe that marriage should be strictly between a man and a woman. Someday I want to marry in the temple and raise a family of my own. I believe in equal partnership between husband and wife in all their dealings. When I get married, I want my husband to not only be my partner but also my best friend. I believe that joy is central to our Heavenly Father's plan for us, so I want my marriage to be filled with it! Although there is confusion in the equality of men and women in the church, I believe it to be very equal. Men are given the responsibility of being the providers and priesthood holders, but women have equally as important duties in their roles as mothers, wives, caretakers, and nurturers. We serve in our families and communities and strive to lift the burdens of those suffering and in need. One of our greatest goals as members of the church is to embody the character of Christ through charity. The only difference between genders in this regard is that we have different methods of approach. For example, men are given the priesthood, or authority from God to use his power, to help, where women are given other spiritual gifts, such as the ability to nurture and uplift. Show more Show less