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Hi I'm Ryan J. Lorensen

Hi, I'm Ryan! I'm from Utah, born and raised! Born in Logan, adopted, and I grew up in Magna and Stansbury Park. Called to serve!

About Me

I love music so much :) music got me through some of the darkest times of my life. Called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Assigned to labor in the Washington Everett Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This means I belong to Jesus Christ's church in the modern day. I know that it was restored to this earth by the Prophet, Joseph Smith, and that he translated the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ by the gift and power of God. I know without a shadow of a doubt that this church is the only church that has the fullness of Jesus Christ's gospel on the earth today, and that it can change lives for the better! I know that Thomas S. Monson is the successor to Joseph Smith in this day and leads the church through divine inspiration given to him directly from God. I know that Jesus is the Christ, and #BecauseHeLives, I can live with Him and my family again.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington Everett Mission. Serving as a missionary is a special calling because we get to interact with so many unique people and help them come to know - for themselves - that this church is indeed the restored church and has the complete and unchanged gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our purpose as missionaries is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. It truly is a unique and special calling and opportunity.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Ryan J. Lorensen
Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we may live again with Him and our families in the Celestial Kingdom of Heaven. As He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, He took upon Himself the sins, afflictions, and infirmities of all mankind. This unimaginable pain caused Him to bleed from every pore. We learn through modern day revelation that Christ "suffered these things for all [of us], that [we] may not suffer" as He had (see Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-17). As we access the Atonement, we can use it more fully through faith in Christ, repentance, being baptized and confirmed by those having authority, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end, among other ways. This way, we may become more and more like Christ and our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Ryan J. Lorensen
The "10%" thing comes from the ancient law of the tithe. Tithing is a wonderful opportunity to show our obedience and willingness to obey God's commandments. In Malachi 3:10 (see also verses 8 and 9), we learn that as we "prove" God, then the windows of heaven will be opened, and blessings shall be poured out that there will not be enough room to receive them. That is an incredible promise for such a small and simple thing. Not to mention, God really doesn't need our money, but what He does want is for us to be obedient so that he can bless us. Show more Show less