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Hi I'm Soren

I work in IT. I love playing with my children. I live in Arizona. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in a small, rural town in Arizona with my wife and daughter. I have a degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University. I have taught third grade for school districts in both Utah and Arizona. Several years ago I started a computer business on the side, which is now my main employment. When I was growing up my family moved a lot I had moved 18 times before I was 14 years old. I have lived in Washington, DC, Idaho, Washington State, Utah, Peru, and Arizona. Hopefully, things are settling down a little, because you have to tote around a lot more junk once you have a kid. I believe civic involvement is very important. In 2010 I ran for a position on my local town council. Even though I narrowly lost the primary election by three votes, I learned a lot in the process and continue to be involved in the local community. As is common for young men in the Church, I served a two-year mission when I was 19 years old. I was assigned to Peru, Trujillo, which is about 6 hours north of Lima by bus. Everything that is good in my life has been blessed and strengthened by the experiences I had as a missionary. Indeed, everything that is good in my life has come from being a member of the Church. 

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 12 years old, I read the Book of Mormon. Before graduating from High School, I also read the Old and the New Testaments. As I read the words in these book, I could feel that they were true. Often we think of the importance of leaders, teachers, or parents in our lives. They provided an important first step, but my personal testimony of the divinity of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came through my individual study of the Scriptures.  

How I live my faith

Everyone who is a member of the Church is given callings or assignments to assist in the work of the Church and serve others. I currently serve as a Ward Mission Leader. In that capacity I work with those who are investigating the Church or are recently baptized, helping them to understand the teachings of the Scriptures and the Prophets and how to apply them in their daily lives. Because many in our area speak Spanish as their native tongue, I often provide interpretation for meetings. I also teach a Spanish Sunday School class. The most important aspect of how I live my faith is in my relationship with my family. They are more precious to me than anything else in this world. 

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Soren
Yes. I believe that spiritual experiences are as real today as they have ever been. Every time the true church has been organized upon the earth, God has directed that church through prophets. In a greater sense, just as the prophet receives revelation--communication from God--to direct the church, we can receive revelation from God to direct our own lives, "for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" Revelation 1910. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Soren
No. The Church encourages its members to be involved the governments of their respective countries. It does not endorse any political parties. There are members of the church who are prominently involved in almost every party. From time to time, the Church takes a stand on important political issues that affect the fundamental basis of the Church or society. For example, the Church is a strong supporter of the family unit and has encouraged the legal definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. This involvement should not be misconstrued as support for any political party that also shares this view.  Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Soren
People usually use the word "cult" to describe one of two types of organizations: 1. An organization they do not know much about. 2. An organization they do not like. In terms of operation, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is much like almost every other major Christian religion. I do not personally know anyone who has learned even a little about the Church of Jesus Christ who would use the word "cult" to describe us. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Soren
Tithing is used to do God's work on the earth. It is used for buildings, equipment, and expenditures that are necessary for running the Church. Tithing money is not used to pay our leaders or ministers, who serve on a volunteer basis. When I served as a missionary in Peru, I noticed that the Latter-day Saint chapels were often the most beautiful buildings in the towns where I served. They were built to a higher standard of construction than was common in the area. Because of this, they were a great blessing to both the members of the church and the community. During times of natural disaster, it was common for the LDS chapels to be standing in areas where most of the other buildings were destroyed. The church was then able to provide these buildings to local and international relief agencies as they distributed needed goods and services. Although many local Peruvians were faithful in the payment of their tithes, the cost of these buildings and the services and activities that were provided therein far exceeded the funds collected in the areas in which I served. The majority of the cost was covered by the tithing of those who live in more wealthy countries. In this way, those who are blessed with greater worldly possessions assist those who have less as the Gospel spreads around the world. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Soren
When members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speak of the First Vision, we are referring to the first vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith. In this vision, Joseph Smith saw God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. They taught him directly and began preparing him to restore the true church as it has been organized by Jesus Christ when he was on the earth. Show more Show less