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Hi I'm Loren

I'm a student: sometimes stressed, usually happy, and always a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah. I have an identical twin brother, who is my best friend. I'm currently a student working on a PhD in Counseling Psychology and I hope to become a therapist and a researcher when I'm done. I got married about a year ago and I love my wife so much. We don't have any kids yet, but we hope to start our family soon. I speak Spanish. I enjoy watching movies, reading, cooking, and creating art. I would love to travel and explore more countries and cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church by my parents, and I appreciate that they taught me about Jesus Christ and the Gospel. When I was a teenager, I had my doubts about the church, and I realized that I needed to have my own testimony. I read a lot in the scriptures, especially in the Book of Mormon and I prayed. After a period of praying and pondering, I felt a confirming witness from the Holy Spirit that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and that the Book of Mormon truly is another testament of Jesus Christ. My experiences as a Mormon in high school, college, and as a full-time missionary for the Church have changed my life and brought me closer to my Savior. I know that this is His church and I am grateful for the testimony and purpose I have found as a member. To put it simply, being a Mormon brings me peace, happiness, and direction in my life.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day. As an individual, I try to find time daily to pray and reflect on the relationship I have with God and my Savior Jesus Christ. I enjoy listening to Christian music which reminds me of the message of the Gospel and the importance of keeping my faith strong. In our home, my wife and I pray, read our scriptures together, and discuss ways we can strengthen our testimonies and reach out to others. In church, I get the opportunity to teach one of our Sunday School classes every few weeks. I enjoy the chance to study the lesson topics and share my thoughts with fellow church members.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Loren
Pornography is a serious and widespread problem which concerns me both as someone studying psychology interested in recovery from addictions and as a future father wanting to protect my kids from such a dangerous trap. I know many men and women who have become addicted to pornography and I would say the majority of those people were introduced to it at quite a young age. Pornography is becoming increasingly accessible and more visible in our society today. Is it a hopeless battle? Should we just give up? No. It is a battle worth fighting every single day. Like the Bible teaches us "With God, all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26). I really believe that. But we have to do our part. We can't just sit back and wait for God to fix the problem all by Himself. So what can you and I do about the spread of pornography in our communities and congregations? In my opinion, we can start protecting our children in the home. We need to teach our children about pornography - what it is, where they might encounter it, and what to do about it when they see it. I think we have reached a point where at some point, everyone will encounter a pornographic image. It's no longer a question of "if" but rather a question of "when." I hope that I can make my home a safe place and a place where my kids will feel comfortable talking about issues like pornography and other things that make them uncomfortable. Pornography thrives on secrecy. Having an open, safe, and frank dialogue will help kids feel comfortable talking about it, and will give parents a chance to teach kids about avoiding inappropriate materials. The other thing that I believe will help stop the spread of pornography is improving how we teach and talk about sexuality in our families and communities. It is important to help kids understand that sexual intimacy isn't something bad or dirty. It is something sacred and beautiful meant to be shared between a husband and wife. If we can help people see the pure truths about sex, the human body, marriage, and respect, it will make it easier to recognize pornography as a counterfeit and a lie. It is important for us to be willing to stand up and speak out against pornography and to defend virtue. And we need to remember, God is on our side. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Loren
We attend church services on Sundays at our nearest meetinghouse, also known as a chapel. I love how every chapel shows the name of the church and also includes the message "Visitors Welcome." Although our chapels may vary in location, size, style, and even the languages spoken during services, the message taught is the same all over the world. At church I love singing the hymns and listening to the talks given in Sacrament Meeting (our main worship service), and I also enjoy the chance to learn more from studying the scriptures in Sunday School classes. Attending church each Sunday gives me a spiritual boost that helps me get through the challenges of work and school during the week; it's kind of like recharging my batteries with another dose of hope and faith. The temple is also a special place, and a building where church members gather, but it's different from going to a chapel on Sunday. The temples also display a message written somewhere very visible. Besides showing the name of the church, each temple includes the message "House of the Lord, Holiness to the Lord." The temple is God's house, just as it was in Bible times. Just like our chapels, our temples all over the world vary in location, size, architectural style, and language, and yet the purpose of each temple is the same. In the temple, a holy and sacred place, we make promises with God and we learn more about His plan for His children. We also can go to the temple on behalf of our deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity to learn about the Restored Gospel or make promises with God while in this life. When I go to the temple, I feel peace. The temple is a place where I can get away from all the noise and clutter of the world and I can meditate on the relationship I have with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Temples are so beautiful inside and outside; we build them out of the best materials available to not only show honor and glory to God, but also to give a sense of what Heaven might be like. When I attend the temple and I feel so peaceful and so calm, I am reminded that God loves me and He wants me to return and live with Him again after this mortal life is over. Show more Show less