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Hi I'm Aaron L.

I love spending time with my wife and 4 children in various and sundry activities, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Aaron. I am a husband of 17 years to a wonderful woman with whom I fell in love at BYU while participating on the International Folk Dance Ensemble. I love sports, hiking in the mountains, attending cultural arts events with my wife, and watching my children participate in their various activities. We have 2 girls and 2 boys. Our youngest son (6 yrs-old) has Down syndrome and recently successfully completed 3+ years of chemotherapy to combat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We are so grateful for his presence in our home!!! Our oldest daughter (14 yrs-old) enjoys singing, dancing and acting (i.e. musical theater); our oldest son (13 yrs-old) enjoys soccer, ping pong, and pestering his siblings; our youngest daughter (9 yrs-old) enjoys soccer, dance, and eating sweets. I work as an IT systems administrator and my wife teaches a community dance class and tutors students in English at our daughter's school. I count as some of the most cherished moments of my life the 2 years I spent in Kyiv, Ukraine as a full-time volunteer missionary in 1991-93 as a young single adult, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the wonderful people of Ukraine. One of my goals after retirement is to serve another full-time mission in Ukraine, this time with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon. My parents were divorced when I was 4 years old, but my mother faithfully took all 7 of her children to church meetings every Sunday. Eventually, as a teenager, I finally started to become seriously interested in what my Sunday school teachers had been trying to teach me since I was a kid. I finally cracked open the scriptures for the first time when I was 14 years-old and started reading and studying them. In particular, I started reading the Book of Mormon every night before bed. At first I would read one chapter every night. After a few weeks, I found myself marking scriptures with a red pencil that stood out to me, and I was reading 2 and 3 chapters a night--I could not get enough. Over the course of a few months, I finished reading all 500+ pages of the Book of Mormon. While reading, time and time again, night after night, I felt that what I was reading was good, was helpful, was true. While reading and pondering the Book of Mormon, I felt at peace, I felt happy, I felt increasingly eager to follow Jesus and to try to be a good person. I learned of the Savior's great sacrifice for mankind, and I knew God loved me and that he hears and answers prayers. I remain a Mormon today because, in short, the Book of Mormon changed my life and I know that it, along with the Bible, is the word of God.

How I live my faith

I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! It is a fantastic organization and one I believe to be the true Church of Jesus Christ, restored in our day by a living prophet. The people in the church are not perfect, but most of us are doing our best by trying to raise good kids, trying to serve others, trying to learn God's will and do it, and trying to accept the Savior's grace and love as we stumble through life and make mistakes. The Church for me is really my life--almost everything I do every day is a result of me being a member of the Church. I pray, I read scriptures, I attend Sunday meetings, I try to keep the Sabbath Day holy, and I also try to be Christ-like throughout the week, day after day. Whenever my local priesthood leaders ask me to serve in any capacity within the Church, I willingly accept, whether or not I feel qualified to perform the service asked of me. For example, over the past 20 years of my life, I have served a full-time mission for the Church (volunteer basis), taught Sunday school classes to youth and adults, served as a youth leader and scout leader (the Church sponsors units of the Boy Scouts of America), assisted the bishop of our congregation as his counselor, and watched over families and individuals who were in need of service. Sometimes my service in the Church can seem overwhelming or even burdensome as I also strive to raise my family in the gospel and work hard to provide for my family. However, I am comforted and strengthened by the fact that I am doing what Heavenly Father would have me do. I am strengthened and blessed by my good wife, my 4 children, and by the quiet feelings of peace and joy that come from time to time from the Holy Ghost.