21-Year-old Josiah Duggar is one step closer to joining his brothers Josh and Joseph as a married man. He revealed to People that he's in a relationship.
The sixth Duggar revealed he's courting 18-year-old Lauren Swanson. Swanson is the eldest of eight children, and her family has been friends with the Duggars for years. She's even been on 19 Kids and Counting.
“We are overjoyed to begin this new phase of our lives together. Through the years our families’ friendship has allowed us to get to know one another as friends. I can definitely say I have found a great friend … even better than I could have hoped for or imagined,” Duggar told People.
He continued, “I so appreciate Lauren’s Christlike character and tender heart toward others. She bring sunshine into the room and encourages everyone around her. It’s always stood out to me that in every situation, she looks for the one who appears to be sad or lonely and quickly can brighten their day by sharing words of hope, an encouraging scripture, a prayer or even a simple smile with them.”
He adds: “It’s truly an exciting time for us, as we take this big step in establishing a relationship, getting to know one another even better and praying together toward our future. We are thankful to God and our families for the love and support we’ve received in starting this new chapter of life and look forward to sharing it with others as the future unfolds.”
The new couple just returned from a trip to Australia and New Zealand. They went there with the Duggar family to attend the Institute in Basic Life Principles conferences.
This is the second courtship for Josiah. He previously courted Marjorie Jackson for four months.
“Marjorie and I had a good time together,” he said back in March 2016. “We were just trying to follow God’s lead on everything. She didn’t feel that it was the right timing then, so we called it quits for a bit."
Congratulations to Josiah and Lauren. May they follow God's will in their relationship.