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Hi I'm Tristan Torgersen

I'm a people person, I love paintball, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was born in California, moved to North Carolina, and I love change! I love people, work, traveling, changing, learning, and living my life to the fullest! I am the second of four children, and I am the first of the two middle boys there! I love my brother, my sisters, and my parents. I know my family means the world to me. What do I like to do? I love anything outdoors, sports, camping, shooting, sporting events, anything! In addition to the outdoors, I love music. Playing it, listening to it, studying it, anything musical is appealing to me. My dad instilled in me a love for music, instruments, and everything musical. Another thing I thank my father for is his business sense that I've picked up from him. I love buying and selling, I love learning about markets, and I love the excitement of business. In my family, you worked. You worked outside, you worked inside, you worked to help the family, you worked to earn a little cash. I find work to be fulfilling, and I want to always do my best with whatever task is laid before me. One thing that I absolutely love is history, and everything about it! The stories, the people, the battles, the courage, the mistakes, and hard decisions. I have a passion for writing, and I am pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Journalism at Brigham Young University, with plans to go to Law School after that. I now am serving a mission in the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission, 3/14/12-3/10/14.

Why I am a Mormon

I may have been born into the church, but I went through my own conversion. I have gained a personal testimony and understanding of what a disciple of Christ really is, and what it means to follow him. I firmly believe that things happen for a reason, even if we don't see the reason in the moment, and my testimony is a sure fire testament of that principle. I knew that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the true church at an early age, but I didn't know for sure about the finer points about what we practice and believe. It has taken me years of praying, practicing, and testing out the points of doctrine in order to understand why they are important, and that they are true. I love Christ's Gospel, and I love the reality of it. It is hard, but it is worth it. By Grace we are saved, but we are also judged on our actions and on the desires of our hearts. God is a merciful God, but also a just God, and mercy will not erase the justice. With that in mind, I find comfort in the fact that there is a prophet on the earth today who converses with God, who receives revelation in a modern day, and who receives counsel from the true head of this church, Jesus Christ. The church does not call itself The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for the way it rolls off the tongue, we call ourselves after our leader. I know through the power of the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and consequently we have a prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson.

How I live my faith

How I live my Faith? Actions speak louder than words! As cliche as that may sound, I actively work to be a disciple of Christ by following his counsel and commandments. Like many, I do in fact fall off of the path and make mistakes. Yet, realizing that I believe in Jesus Christ, and I believe that what he taught is true, I know that he has paid for my sins and carried my burdens that I might not do it alone. How could I do it alone? I couldn't. I believe that as Yoda says, "Do or do not, there is no try." I don't 'try' to follow Christ, I do lots of the time, and often I fall short. I know that God is an understanding and loving God, but he is also a God of progress and improvement. He refines us, and as we fail, he stands ready to pick us back up and comfort us. One way I've really worked on living my faith is doing as Christ told his apostles before he left, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost."(Matt. 28:19) Currently, I am serving a full-time mission in Las Vegas Nevada, on the West side of the valley. I've learned that if I truly have faith, why would I hide what I believe? Why should I fear to accomplish what Christ has lovingly challenged me to do? Whether it's helping someone push a car out of an intersection, pulling some weeds, or sitting down and discussing what Christ's gospel is, I know that God sent me to Las Vegas Nevada for a reason, and to be a force for good here.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Tristan Torgersen
Living in the South has helped me to better understand this question and answer it more clearly for all those who wonder. Mormons do not believe that through works they are saved. That is not true. If a Mormon has told you that before, or it seems like they did, there was probably a disconnect somewhere down the line. Christ died that we might be saved. That is the simple, true answer. By the grace of Jesus Christ we are saved. Everyone, from the sinner who dies in his sins, to John the Beloved. All men are saved through the grace of Jesus Christ. He is the only way and the only one who makes Salvation possible. What often happens when people ask this question is, Mormons often talk about Exaltation. Exaltation is not Salvation, they are connected, but different. We do not believe in a stagnant eternity, nor a timeless sitting around. We believe in Eternal Progression, which put more simply is: constantly becoming better, more perfected, and more like our Father in Heaven, and his son Jesus Christ. While this may seem controversial, is it really tough to grasp? What does a father on earth wish for his children? To learn, grow up, and be the absolute best they can be, right? Why would our Eternal Father wish for anything less? Why are we here if not to learn. And if we are here to learn, what use is that for us in the Eternities if we will sit in a neutral state? Salvation is the first step to the Eternities, and one which is provided by Jesus Christ, our Savior. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Tristan Torgersen
Why believe in the Bible? The Bible is a record of God's word and commandments to his children, specifically the Israelites. He does not continually come down and walk amongst us, telling us what he's said for thousands of years. He gives us his word, written down, that we might study it, apply it, and come to know him and his will better. If you think about a father with a family here on Earth, his words are remembered for but a short time. He sets down a rule, it is recalled when broken, and hopefully it is kept to better next time. He gives counsel for the moment, or even for his children's lifetime. He shows his love for children by supporting their actions when they do well, and comforting them and offering help when they may stumble or fall. Yet, if these things are never written down nor recorded, his effectiveness and legacy may end in but a few generations. For God, his word, his love, and his gospel is without end for a reason. Eternity is a long time, and if we are hoping to reach our full potential, we'd want to know about our father, our creator, our God. The Bible successfully gives us an account of who God is, what he has done, what his commandments are, what his Gospel is for us, and what his will is for us. With this knowledge in hand, we have a foundation on which to become more like him, and come to know him better. I firmly believe that on Judgment Day, we will hope to say, "Good to see you again" to our Father in Heaven, and not "Nice to meet you." Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Tristan Torgersen
Mormons are not required to serve missions, which is a common misconception. The principle of Missionary Work came from Christ's charge to his apostles, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost". With the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and of Christ's original church, this same charge was issued. We are not forced to go, nor are we bribed or tricked into serving. The decision to serve a mission comes with much prayer, scripture study, fasting, and pondering. Many great Latter-Day Saints have not served missions, and they are still faithful members of the church. Full-Time missionary service is a duty, responsibility, and opportunity open to any physically capable, mentally capable, and morally worthy male, at age 18, and female, at age 19. In addition to full-time missions for youth, there are opportunities for senior couples to serve, and many more opportunities for part-time service in the church as well. Show more Show less