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Hi I'm Soren

Student, rock climber, recovering C-SPAN addict.

About Me

I was born and raised in rural Idaho. Despite the natural beauty, growing up I was more interested in video games than enjoying nature. My dad always tried to get me outside for hikes, camping trips, and mountain biking. Sadly, it wasn't until he was paralyzed in a horseback-riding accident and could no longer take me on adventures that I realized how much I had grown to love the outdoors. Now, the mountains have become places of solace and revitalization for me. As the eldest child, growing up with five younger sisters was an adventure in more than one way. Our home was probably quieter and cleaner than it would have been with more sons, but the lines for the bathroom in the morning were sure long. I love to learn and am currently studying government, economics, and philosophy. Ever since I got hooked to politics during my high school debate years, I've been fascinated by both policy research and political strategy. I think that the problems that our nation and world face are pressing enough that we need constant attention and innovation, and I hope that I can contribute in at least one of those ways. Since most of my student life is spent indoors studying, I try to get outside whenever I have free time, and rock climbing is usually my activity of choice. If there isn't time for a mountain getaway, I love to play any sport involving a racquet. If all else fails (and in Idaho, the weather often does), I'm happy to just curl up with a good book.

Why I am a Mormon

Though my faith is not an easy path, my membership in the church has been the single greatest source of happiness in my life. In my opinion, it's the sacrifices we make that both open new avenues and imbue them with meaning. I have been blessed with sacred times in my life to know, without a doubt, of the truth of the Savior's gospel. The things that I do know help me to trust in the things that I do not. I have come to know for myself the reality of Christ's atonement and the power it has to change the lives of those are willing to take a leap of faith and come to Him. Taking many of those leaps over time has taught me that a change in heart--a transformation of not only thought patterns, habits, and opinions, but also of desires and perceptions--isn't just possible, but the greatest course-altering process that a person can undergo with God's help. I commend to everyone the same search for truth and happiness.

How I live my faith

I feel that the best way to live my faith is to emulate Jesus Christ. Accordingly, service and love towards those around me is an integral part of who I am and how I live my life. When I was 19, I set apart two years to share wonderful truths that I know with the people of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I came to love them deeply and understand to a greater degree that we are all Heavenly Father's children and that He has a plan for us. Since then, I've found that setting time apart to figure out my own relationship with God and determine what my life's priorities will be has helped me to understand, internalize, and implement the principles of the gospel with greater ease and joy. Sometimes, that means finding a quiet place to meditate in the mountains. Other times, it means forgetting about my own problems for a while and trying to serve others whose needs are much greater than my own. Consistent scripture study, prayer, and church attendance help reinforce and remind me of the divine direction I receive.