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Hi I'm Oren

I was born Jewish. My father is from Israel. My grandparents were Holocaust survivors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a dad. I work full-time and pursue a graduate degree in the evenings. I enjoy exercise, golf, studying history, politics, and religious texts. I love learning and deep thinking. I served as a missionary in Norway and will be forever grateful to my Heavenly Father for that profound experience. I also love Israel and the Jewish culture and heritage that I feel strongly tied to, and I enjoy visiting Israel as often as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up celebrating both Jewish and Christian holidays. My mom and dad joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was a child, but I became inactive as a young teenager. Later in college I had a life changing experience that opened my eyes to the fact that Jesus Christ lives. As I considered the direction of my life and questioned whether I was living the right kind of life, I prayed for the first time in years. At that moment, God answered me through an experience that was more real and more powerful than anything I have ever experienced in my life. At that moment, I knew that God was speaking to me and letting me know that He loves me. I could not hold back the tears as I felt His spirit pour over me, and felt Him giving me divine direction to change to my life. He turned my life around at that moment and I became active in Christ's church again. I have since served a mission for the sole purpose of letting as many people as would listen know that Jesus Christ really is our savior and that we can all individually come to know Him. I am now married and have two beautiful children. My greatest hope is to continue to become a better disciple of Jesus Christ and also that my children will come to know Him and to love Him with all their hearts.

How I live my faith

There is no clearer conviction of a Christ-centered testimony than serving others. I believe that we can show people they are loved by God through serving them. Service is anything from acts of random kindness to going out of your way to be a friend to the friendless. I believe it is simply dedicating your thoughts and actions to caring for others. I have organized many service projects for my peers in previous callings I've had in the church because I believe that when you serve as a group of brothers and sisters it brings unity to the church and its members. It is a refreshing feeling to forget your own life for while and give service to someone else who needs it, and I try to organize and participate in service projects as often as possible. I also believe that to stay close to the Lord you need to communicate with Him often. Praying and studying scriptures like the Bible and the Book of Mormon help me know Jesus better. His life and His gospel are fascinating to me and I feel like I want to know as much as I possibly can about them. I look for the Holy Spirit's guidance as I try my best to live Christ's gospel.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Oren
Mormons absolutely regard the Bible as Holy Scripture. We belive the bible is the word of God as long as it is translated correctly. What do we mean by that? Few people really understand the history of the bible. The bible is actually a collection of sacred texts that have been compiled into a single book. Many of these texts are thousands of years old. So what did it take to preserve the accuracy of each of these texts over so many thousands of years? Many different scribes from many different cultures and sects of Judaism and Christianity have played a part in preserving each of the sacred books of the Old and New Testaments. These scribes had to painstakingly transcribe (copy) these texts to scrolls and other parchments because paper or animal skins (the types of materials the bible texts were written on) fall apart after a while. When you copy a book by hand as long as the Bible, you can be sure that errors of one type or another will be introduced. Words might be omitted, misspelled, or changed altogether. Over centuries, these errors can compound until the meaning of a sentence is suddenly misconstrued altogether. We believe that a small number of these and other types of errors or ommissions have crept into the Bible over time. This has led to much of the confusion we see today with multiple interpretations of the same scriptures. That's why we believe that God brought forth the Book of Mormon; to clarify and confirm the complete gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less