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Hi I'm Adam

I'm a husband, a father, a computer engineer, a scouter, a singer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family is the most important thing in my life. My wife is a thoughtful, loving, smart and generous woman and is the perfect complement to me in my life. She is a professional family historian and has done some great work to find our ancestors. We have two amazing children who make life wonderful. Our daughter is spunky and spirited and loves to dance and sing and keep her toys away from her brother. Our son is a smiley, hungry, boy who loves his balls and likes to sing and race his sister around the house. At work, I'm a computer engineer working on tools that allow scientist and engineers to be more efficient in their jobs. Specifically I work on software that enables research in 5G wireless technology. I enjoy my work and feel that it is not only a way to earn money but also to learn and to contribute to the world. When I'm not working or spending time with my family, I love camping with the boy scouts, hiking and other outdoor activities. I also like music, especially singing and choral music. I like to read fantasy and science fiction books and I am interested in history. I also try to be involved in local, state, and national politics in my spare time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church and have been a member all of my life. When I was young I simply accepted the teachings of the church because that was what my parent's believed and because that is what I was taught every week in church. As I grew older, and started to face challenges and trials in life, I had to start developing my own faith in Jesus Christ. My personal testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grew gradually. I learned that when I read the scriptures regularly and pondered on their teachings I was happier. When I accompanied my studying with prayer I could feel God's influence directing me and guiding me through my trials. I'm a Mormon now because I know that the teachings of this church are true. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that through His atonement I can not only be cleansed from my sins and flaws but that I can improve my relationship with my wife, my family, my friends and my work associates. I know that God has called prophets again in our day and that as we follow their council we will be blessed.

How I live my faith

I'm a Mormon in my daily life as well as in my participation in official church activities. Our family tries to read the scriptures every night before bed and try to have family prayer twice a day. With two small kids, this can sometimes be chaotic! We're not perfect but we know that we're blessed for our efforts. Our kids know that every Monday evening is "Family Home Evening." We try to keep it simple for the kids and talk about how we're children of God, or how to be nice, or how we respect our bodies. In the official church organization I serve as the scoutmaster for the Boy Scout troop that our local church charters. I love camping with the boys and having faith-promoting experiences while we're camping and hiking. I was also able to serve a mission for the church and spent two years in the Philippines speaking Tagalog and teaching the people about Jesus Christ's atonement and the plan of salvation.

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

Adam
The Mormon Church does not endorse political parties or candidates for public office. It does, however, encourage its members to be active participants in government and in political issues. We believe in honoring the laws of the land and we believe that we should be able to practice our religion without breaking those laws. We also believe that all other people, from whatever religious persuasion, should also have the right to worship however they desire. Occasionally the church will speak about issues that seem political but these issues always align with truths that have been revealed to modern prophets. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Adam
That's a great question! Having faith in Jesus Christ means trusting that he is even thought we can't see him. Our faith in Jesus Christ increases primarily in two ways. First we increase our faith by learning more about Jesus Christ. We learn about His life and ministry through the scriptures, the Bible and the Book of Mormon. As we read the accounts of people that did see and know Christ, we can see how he has influenced their lives and how he can influence our lives in similar ways. Second we increase our faith by following the commandments. Christ taught, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:17). As we follow the commandments of Christ, we will see the blessings of following those commandments in our lives and this will increase our faith. Show more Show less

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

Adam
Yes! I know that often when people think about prophets an image comes to mind of an old man with a long, windswept white beard wearing a robe and carrying a staff. Perhaps he looks like the quintessential image of Moses from the Old testament! I can see how it would be easy to ask, "Where is that kind of a person today?" The prophets that God has called in our day don't look like the Moses character we may imagine, but they do share the essential characteristics with the ancient prophets. A prophet is someone who receives the will of God for the people. The prophet's job is to learn directly from God, through revelation, what His will is for us and then to teach us what that will is. God calls prophets because He loves us. He wants to provide us, today, with the same kind of guidance and direction that he provided to people in Moses' time. I know that there is a living prophet on the earth today and I'm grateful for this evidence of God's love for me. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Adam
We believe that it is through the grace, or Atonement, of Jesus Christ that we are saved. We also believe that there is no other way to come to God, our Heavenly Father, except through Jesus Christ. In spite of our weaknesses and our sins, Christ has provided the opportunity for all of us to return to God. We do not, however, believe in a passive application of grace. We believe that action is requires on our part to make grace operate in our lives. This action is repentance. In other words, we access Christ's offered grace as we strive to better our lives by repenting of our sins and bad habits and striving to overcome our mortal weaknesses. Show more Show less