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Hi I'm Noah Orr

The gospel has shaped me into who I am today. I am an Elite Gymnast, a Missionary, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 21 years old, I graduated from High School in May of 2014 and I was an elite level gymnast. I competed on the Trampoline and Double-mini. I was 4th on Double-mini and 18th on Trampoline in the world in 2013. I trained 16 hours a week, while having to balance my school work and church responsibilities. Though it was tough at times, I tried my best to pull through. I traveled all around the country to compete and also had the wonderful opportunity to compete in Portugal and Bulgaria. I left the chance to try out for the 2016 Olympics to serve a two year mission for the church. I am currently serveing in Bogotá Colombia, Spanish speaking. Upon my return, I will decide whether I will return to gymnastics in hope of representing the United States in the 2020 Olympics.

Why I am a Mormon

Since the time I was 14 I have often had the thought of whether the teachings of the church were true. It wasn't until I was 18 until I received my answer. After breaking up with a wonderful girl because we were not of the same faith, raised the question, “is the church true?” I needed to know! It took months of reading and studying the scriptures, Mormon teachings, and other churches’ teachings. I had several sincere prayers with my Heavenly Father asking if what I was reading and studying was true, but didn't receive an answer. I continued my pursuit to search, poder, and pray for an answer. I started to read through Anti-Mormon articles. After another several weeks of studying Mormon doctrine, other churches’ doctrines, and Anti-Mormon articles. I felt the impression to stop reading the Anti-Mormon articles and to focus solely on the scriptures and the teachings of the church. Through many months of reading the scriptures, studying, and many sincere prayers of expressing my desire to know what I was studying was true. I have come to a knowledge of the truth, not by anything I did, but because Heavenly Father knew my desire and the work I put forth to know the truth. I received my answer through the Holy Ghost. I am a Mormon because I know that the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are true because the Holy Ghost bore witness to my heart and soul of the truthfulness of the Lord’s church.

How I live my faith

Satan's influence is seen throughout the world and we must hold onto our standards and beliefs. Though temptation comes from every direction, begging us to give in and change these values we must stand for what we know is right. I live my faith by striving to become more like my Savior, Jesus Christ, to heed his call “follow me” (Matthew 4:19; 16:24) and “be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Growing to perfection is a life long process and doing it with your family and friends that uphold the same standards, values, and goal is a blessing. I have had many difficulties in my life and continue to have challenges. Each trial has increased my faith and testimony of the God, and His church. Through faith and having trust in the Lord I can do all things. (Philippians 4:13; 1 Nephi 3:7; Alma 26:12) I strive to be obedient to the commandments and to be a righteous example, not because of my parents or because of the church, but because I want to be more like my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I want my actions, thoughts, and words to emulate the Savior’s; to lift others burdens, to be a spiritual light, to bring others to Christ, to show love to others, “to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9)

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Noah Orr
We believe that we are literal sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father (Psalms 82:6; Acts 17:28; Romans 8:16-17) That we chose to come to Earth and by doing so we have receive a physical body like our Father in Heaven (Genesis 1:27; D&C 130:22) and Our Heavenly Father has given us agency, the ability to act for ourselves [free will] (2 Nephi 2:16,26; Helaman 14:30-31). Agency is one of God’s greatest gifts to His children. Without agency, we would not be able to learn or progress. We are able to choose whether to follow Jesus Christ or follow Satan (2 Nephi 2:27). We are free to choose and act for ourselves, however we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions. The consequences may not be immediate, but they will always follow. We are responsible for the decisions we make. We believe that while we live here on earth we are to prepare to meet god (Alma 34:31-32). So while the world around us is becoming more and more wicked (D&C 18:6) we strive to stand up for what we believe in and be righteous (D&C 59:9). We must remember that seeking Christ, keeping the commandments, and honoring our covenants is only part of what we must do. None of us are perfect and we must rely on the sacrifice of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. ONLY through Him can we be saved. If we rely on Him and do all we can then the Lord will say unto us, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). Show more Show less