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Hi I'm Lauren

I love being outdoors. I'm a teacher, a mother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college with a bachelors in Elementary Education. I was able to teach fifth grade for one year and loved it. I found that the work was more challenging then I ever could have imagined but also extremely fulfilling. I then had our first beautiful baby girl and was able to stay home with her as a full time Mom. I found that the transition into staying home was as challenging as the transition to teaching but similarly...it has been worth it! My husband and I now have another little girl and they keep me busy and happy. I have recently started running. I used to think that I couldn't run because I wasn't "one of those people" but I've found it very empowering to learn that I can become a runner if I want to - aided by my double jogging stroller. When I have a free minute, I love to do crafts at home and play the guitar or piano (although we only have a keyboard at the moment). I also am learning to love the work involved in being a family. Along with the sleepless nights, diapers, and tantrums are "mommy kisses" from my girls, time to sit and share my deeper thoughts and desire with my husband, and family walks in the evening. Creating my own family has been the greatest joy of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in Utah, surrounded by other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As a teenager, this brought special challenges. Many of my peers were also members of the same Church, but we didn't always live by the same standards. There was some cultural and family pressure to remain a member, but that would never be enough to give me the conviction to live by the standards that our Heavenly Father and Christ desired for me. I remember in ninth and tenth grade, choosing to study for half an hour from the Book of Mormon every day. I can trace my faith in Jesus Christ and my testimony of His church back to this decision. During those study periods, I felt a warm and peaceful assurance that the words I were reading were true. I came to know that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and restored the priesthood to the earth through heavenly messengers. I could say with surety that Jesus is the Christ and that He lives and will come again to the earth. I also knew that Christ had called a prophet of God to be on the earth and lead His children in the paths of truth. It was this consistent study of the scriptures and prayer that helped me to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is just that - the same church that Christ organized when He was on the earth. I know that other churches have pieces of the truth and that they are filled with righteous, good people, but that there is more truth awaiting them. I'm grateful for the gift of testimony and faith. Since my time as a youth, I've begun my testing period as an adult. Moving away from family, I found that it was my choice whether or not I wake up early on Sunday for church, whether or not I read my scriptures and say my prayers. I have found that whenever I am diligent in prayer, scripture study, church attendance and temple attendance, I am guided to know how to manage my life. I know that God lives and that this is His church.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to teach a class in our meeting schedule that consists of all the women in our congregation. I love to prepare the lessons and especially to hear the comments and insights of my fellows sisters in the gospel. I also play the piano for the choir. The assignment to play piano has stretched me and helped me grow. I'm not a concert pianist but I do my best and the choir is very patient with me when I make mistakes. This experience has helped me learn that we don't need to be perfect to serve in the Lord's Kingdom - He just asks us to be willing. In addition to these responsibilities, I visit a few sisters in our ward each month with my companion to get to know her better and make sure her needs are met. We usually just sit and talk for a while, then share a spiritual message and try to be sensitive to anything she might need. This is such an enjoyable and unifying experience. Its wonderful to learn to love the people that I visit with even if we are from very different backgrounds and in very different life situations. Most importantly, I am a wife and a mother and serve my family every day with my husband's help.