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Hi I'm Orrin

I grew up rural, I go to college, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a small farm taking care of our horses and whatever other animals we were raising at the time. I listen to country music and am learning to appreciate classical music and literature. I take every chance I can to go hiking, caving, and camping. I have fun playing video games with my brothers and thinking about whatever my professors want to teach. I'm an accounting student but I also like to learn about economics, politics, and psychology. I can be pretty quiet in groups of people I don't know, but I really do enjoy being around other people. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with my future and how to be the best me.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon, so I've had plenty of opportunities to experience following God and looking for my own better way. I see God's hand in my life everyday. I know He knows, loves, and cares for me. I follow His gospel because I have experienced the peace and joy that comes with obedience and the lack of it that comes with ignoring God. I Know that His son suffered so that I can be cleansed of whatever might be holding me back. going to church helps me remember these things and I am strengthen by the love and support of those who worship with me.

How I live my faith

More than determining what I do, my faith directs how I do it. It helps me look beyond the moment when I am making decisions and see what will bring lasting happiness. Because of this, I strive to treat others as God would treat them. I am able to love and forgive others no matter where i interact with them or how differently they might see things. The church also gives me many opportunities to meet new people and have fun with other college aged people who are in a similar situation in life as I am. We have activities during the week where we just have fun together. We do things like bowling, sledding, basketball, board games, and dances. Being around people who may not be perfect but are striving to be good helps me rest from the worries of the day and know that I'm not alone in my struggle to figure out life.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Orrin
Many people either don't know very much about the LDS faith or have looked into in strictly for a reason to disprove it. They hear about some of the beliefs that we have that are unique or differ from most other Christian faiths. They look at these differences and try to distance us from their faith because of them. I think if they looked for the similarities instead or the reasons why we hold those beliefs, they would find many more things to talk about. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Orrin
The relationship that God wants with each of us is best described as father to child. He wants us to become the best that we can. just as we understand Him best when looking at Him as our father, we grow best in this life when focusing on strengthening our familial relationships here. God knows how much His family means to Him and how much ours can mean to us. He wants those relationships to last forever. Show more Show less