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Hi I'm Loren

I'm a dentist, a husband and father of 6, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from a small town in Washington State, I graduated from with both a Bachelor and Doctorate degree, and I own a dental practice as a solo practitioner. My wife and I have been married for 16 years and have 6 children yep, big family!. In my spare time I enjoy flying small airplanes, boating and watersports, and many outdoor activities.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been part of the church for many years before I was born. I've chosen to continue with the church because: 1) it rationally makes sense; 2) I've had spiritual experiences that confirm my first reason; and 3) embodied in the church are the only lasting doctrines in this world. The season's change, world fashions change, even accepted medicine and science changes. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ is constant amid the change. The church simply provides the vehicle our Father in Heaven uses to convey that Gospel to His children.

How I live my faith

I serve alongside our ward bishop in ministering to the people in our congregation. I spend a few hours a month visiting other members of our ward and look for opportunities to serve them. My wife and I try to attend the temple each month, which strengthens our faith.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Loren
It is by the grace of Jesus Christ we are saved. Period. Life is about following Jesus Christ's admonition to "be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect." We'll never get there in this life, but we try. And our only gift to our Father and His Son is submitting our will. Once we give Jesus Christ our will, voluntarily, we are saved only in and through His holy grace. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Loren
Our 8-month-old son died suddenly in 2009 and it devastated us. We asked ourselves this question and many others. We are all children of a heavenly father and families are the ideal setting in which we come to earth and get our start. This journey called life is best travelled in supportive groups, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, cousins and aunts and uncles. Temples offer us the rites that bind us to our loved ones forever. I'm grateful to know that I will hold my son again and raise him up someday! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Loren
Local clergy, such as bishops and stake presidents, are not paid. They are invited to serve in their positions for undetermined amounts of time, usualy 5-10 years, and do so without financial compensation from the church. These are part-time service positions. Those who are called to serve full-time and are in the General Authority ranks of the church are paid stipends to cover food and housing as their service does not allow them to support themselves with non-church related employment. These clergy are "paid". Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Loren
Read it. Study it. Only then can one understand that it contains prophecies and testimonies of Christ and his saving gospel written by prophets of God. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Loren
It's the topic du jour in the world lately. I have several close friends who are gay and it's not an easy topic to broach in our PC world, or even with church members. It's a difficult struggle and we don't really know the reason these friends were born with homosexual tendencies, but God does. And while we hope and pray for understanding, we also know that family is the center of our Heavenly Father's plan for us. Homosexual relations are a sin, but no different from any other struggle our Father's children may experience. Our role as followers of Christ is to love, support, and help any way we can. This is a journey we take together as brothers and sisters. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Loren
Short answer: I don't know. Long answer: probably many reasons, and plural marriage has roots in the Bible. Even Abraham and Jacob had concurrent wives/mates and that is rarely questioned in mainstream Christianity. If was once okay for God's people, why not again? I think it's a case of straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel for many people. Show more Show less