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Hi I'm Loren

I'm a lifelong member of the LDS church. I was born in CA and raised in UT, but I've lived most of my adult life in MN, MD, & AZ.

About Me

I am the father of three grown daughters and a 15-year-old son. Our two oldest daughters are married and each have a son and a daughter. (We LOVE those grandkids!) My wife and I have been married 32 years and look forward to spending eternity with each other and with our extended family. I taught 3rd grade as my first job after college. My interest in using computers in my classroom led me to a career in educational software and publishing. While finishing my Master's degree, I led the development of an early reading software program for a company in UT. In 1985 we moved to MN, where I designed software for a leading educational software company. After 4 years, I accepted a job with National Geographic in Washington, DC, the area where my wife's family lived--and incidentally the same place we were married, in the LDS Washington, DC Temple. I worked in software design and marketing for three other companies in MD. We loved the historical and cultural benefits of living in the eastern US and stayed 15 years--6 in the DC suburbs and 9 in the Baltimore suburbs. MD has a special place in our hearts because we saw our children grow, and we had so many opportunities to meet such a diverse group of people, both inside and outside of the LDS church. We have been in AZ for 9 years now. It is a totally different geography, but we love the people here and enjoy serving in the LDS church. Oh, and once a year, we love to camp at the Grand Canyon!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, but I needed to gain my own conviction of the truth of this church. This has occurred through many experiences over a lifetime: In high school I came to feel the church was true as I studied the church's beliefs in daily classes where I frequently felt the Spirit confirming the truth. I already had read the Book of Mormon a number of times before serving a two year mission to Norway. I had prayed while reading the Book of Mormon, and I knew then, as I know now, that it is the word of God. It was a privilege to share that message with the people of Norway, and my love for the people and the country continues. I have appreciated the rold of the church in my family life. To begin with, I was raised by parents who set a good example of church attendance and Christian service both inside and outside the LDS community. I have found the LDS faith to be the anchor of our marriage and the values we have shared with our children. As they grew, our children always knew the standards that we enjoyed, and it has given them strength to live wholesome, happy lives. That's not to say we are perfect. We have our moments of heartburn like any family, but we all have faith in our Savior and belief in his atonement. That, combined with the basic teachings of Mormonism, has kept us close as a family and has guided our decisions. I remain devoted to Mormonism because the I feel the Lord's hand as I participate actively in my faith. I especially appreciate the guidance we receive from those called as Apostles and Prophets in our time. I find their teachings to be a source of strength in my life. Someone once told me they would stay committed to the LDS faith if for no other reason than they think it is the best social organization in the world. While it is true that Mormons in general are good people to be among, the great news is that Christ's fullness is found here and blesses my family and me every day.

How I live my faith

As I mentioned, I grew up in the church, and over the years, I've been blessed by invitations to serve while a youth in leadership positions, as a fulltime missionary (and as a lay missionary at home), and in various responsibilities as a teacher, leader, and support person in the church. I enjoy the chance to serve others. My greatest service opportunities have been with my own family. As an LDS father, I've tried to lead my family in the patterns that will keep us close to each other and to God. This includes daily prayer (morning, night, and at every meal). We have been better at some times than others at reading scriptures for 10-15 minutes every day. We enjoy spending Monday nights together doing Family Home evenings where we take turns each week presenting lessons on gospel topics. As an LDS father, I have also enjoyed holding the priesthood which has allowed me to perform blessings (like christenings) for each of our children when they were newborns. When they reached age 8, each has chosen to be baptized, and I was blessed to perform that ordinance, followed by giving them the gift of the Holy Ghost through the laying on of hands. As our children have grown, I have also enjoyed giving them father's blessings as they prepare to start each new school year. On a personal level, I live my faith through personal daily prayers morning and night. I am pretty consistent with reading in the scriptures 15-20 minutes each day. I enjoy listening during my commute to uplifting talks and recordings of The Ensign, the monthly magazine for LDS adults. Many of the talks I enjoy come from our worldwide conferences held twice per year. General leaders of the church, including those we uphold as the modern 12 apostles and the presidency of the church, provide talks of encouragement and guidance that are often the exact messages I need to hear. I'm not perfect, and I don't expect to be in this lifetime, but I like to practice and these messages really help!