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Hi I'm Torren

I'm 19 and I'm a member of and missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Massachusetts Boston Mission.

About Me

I am a college student at Northern Arizona University where I will be majoring in Political Science and minoring in Vocal Music. Currently I am on a LDS mission in Boston Massachusetts. I was a high school athlete. I played soccer and water polo as well as being a member of the swim team. I'm also a sports fanatic. I like pretty much every sport there is. I enjoy all kinds of music as long as it's not obnoxious or vulgar. I sing whenever I can. I was part of my highschool choir. Other than that, my hobbies are eating and hanging out with family and friends. My nieces and nephews are my life. Oh, and I LOVE missionary work and being a full-time missionary for my Lord!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the church, I, like all other members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints had to gain my very own testimony and be truly converted. This happened for me when I was very first starting primary as a young child. I was assigned to give a talk. Although it was a short talk assignment, being my very first public speaking experience, I was very nervous. My siblings had all recieved help on their first talks from my parents. However, being as independent as I am, I wanted to write and give the talk by myself with no help from them. Eventually, I realized I would need some help from someone. So, as I had been taught by my family and in nusery, I prayed. In my very simple, short, but very sincere prayer, I asked my Heavenly Father for help in writing and giving my talk. Shortly following my prayer, my young mind was flooded with inspiration on what to write. After I was finished with preparing my talk, I no longer was nervous at all. This simple but powerful experience has helped me all throughout my life in any assignments to talk or to teach. I know that I can always ask my Heavenly Father for help if I am doing the right things and asking sincerly in faith with richeous desires. That is how I have become the natural speaker and teacher I am.

How I live my faith

After graduating from highschool and the Youngmen's program, I was called to be part of the Ward Mission in my ward. This allows me to work with every member in my ward. My calling is to help the members of my ward to be missionary minded and to help their families do the same. I am also a very active hometeacher. This allows me to meet with the families I am assigned. In meeting with them, I teach them and do what I can to help them in any and every asspect of their life. Both of these responsibilities are very important to me and I grow equal to or more from both of them then anyone I serve, and teach. Now, I am able to dedicate my whole life for two years to The Lord and His people as I am a full-time missionary.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Torren
I had to decide for myself what I believed about God. I knew that if there was a God, that if I prayed to Him, He would answer me. I did so and I recieved a personal witness through the Holy Ghost in the form of a warm, comfortable, peaceful feeling. I know without a doubt that there is a God. Anyone can know this through studying the Book of Mormon, praying, and pondering. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Torren
Those that we as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints preform proxy baptisms (baptisims for the dead) for did not have an opportunity to partake of the saving ordinance while alive and must have it performed for them to be able to be saved. This is in line with Christ's commandment that baptism is essential to the salvation of all who have lived on earth. (see John 3:5) Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Torren
Don't watch it. Ever. Don't let anyone around you watch it ever. Avoiding it like the horrible disease it is, is the best way to stop the spread and influence of it. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Torren
Husbands are to lead and direct their families in richeousness. This is very important to set an example for his children. Wives have an equally important role to nuture and teach their family. With out women, there would be no children. Thus, the role of the wife or mother is next to Godliness. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Torren
No. We do not worship him. We do however revere and deeply respect him for his faith and his sacrifice to restore the fullness of the gospel to the earth. I am forever greatful for such an inspired man. If people read the Book of Mormon with a truly open heart and mind, I can promise that they will not only gain a testimony of it but also of the man who translated it, even Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Torren
Yes, we believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. He is also our Creator, Savior, and Redeemer. He came to earth and lived a perfect life to set examples for what we must do to be like him, overcome spiritual death, and return to live with our Heavenly Father again. He then died for us to overcome physical death for everyone so we will all be Resurrected as he was. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Torren
No. There are absolutly no restrictions based on race or color for membership in the church or the holding of the priesthood for men. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Torren
There is nothing secret going on in temples. In temples, sacred ordinances are performed and important teachings are taught that help us qualify to live with our Heavenly Father again. Because of the sacredness of these ordinances and teachings, only those who live richeously and worthily may enter. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Torren
We believe that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ choose Prophets and Apostles to lead and guide our church. This choosing of the Prophet has in recent times been done by seniority in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. However, anyone that God chooses will be the Prophet and leader on earth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less