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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Husband. Dad. Soccer aficionado.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a kid, our family "shopped" for "the right" church, or at least a place where we could all have consistency in our values. I'm still not sure what my parents were seeking, whether answers to the BIG questions in life such as what happens after we die? Will I every see my deceased loved ones again? and Is there a God? or if they wanted us kids to develop a strong moral compass before becoming teenagers. We went to various churches. They all had uplifting messages, but none of them ever felt like the right fit. So my parents decided to just live good lives as principled people. I was happy with the decision, because at 11, a collared shirt and shoes during the summer was a drag. We moved. I made friends with a Mormon and went to church with him, where I met the missionaries. The missionaries came to our home and taught us the gospel of Jesus Christ. We read scriptures about God's plan for us—the pre-earth life, why we are here and where we are going after we die. They called it the Plan of Salvation. It felt right. I wanted to learn more and discover for myself if God is real. If God really is as the missionaries said He was—all powerful, all knowing, and all loving, then life had a clear purpose. The missionaries taught how to pray, and how recognize answers to prayer. So I gave it a shot. I prayed to "Heavenly Father" the name they used for God, and asked if he was really there, and if he even knew who I was, or even cared about me. A peaceful, comforting feeling came over me as I prayed. It was a feeling like my Grandpa, who had died a few years before, had just walked into the room to talk with me. From that point on, I knew God was real and that he knew and cared about me. I am a Mormon because I know Heavenly Father lives, and that he knows us each intimately, and loves us so much that he has provided a way for us to have great joy-not only in this life, but also after death in returning to live with those we love in His presence.

How I live my faith

Discovered the great secret to happiness in life--forget myself and help others. Not easy, but worth it. Among other benefits, the LDS Church provides our family with a structured way to engage in our community, to visit other families and learn of their interests, goals, and struggles. We feel part of a larger family, and the more we reach out to others, the more fulfilled our lives have become. One of my favorite aspects of the church is the chance to contribute our talents and efforts to building a tight-knit community (since there is no paid clergy in the church). For instance, my responsibilities have included working with the youth of our church, specifically young men ages 12 to 17. I get to be involved with some great kids, learn about their goals and ambitions in life and help them set their sights a little higher.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Aaron
A concise summary of what members of the LDS church believe can be found in “The Articles of Faith.” The first one is:“We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” The answer to “what do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ, is summarized in the third article of faith: “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.” Before we came to earth, we lived in the presence of Heavenly Father (God). As part of His plan for us, we needed to come to earth where we could gain a physical body and be tested to see if we “will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;” (Abraham 3:25) or in other words if we would be obedient to Gods commandments. While we were away from Him, all of us would sin and some of us would lose our way. He provided a Savior to pay for our sins and teach us how to return to our Heavenly Father. Our Father said, “Whom shall I send?” (Abraham 3:27). Jesus Christ, who was called Jehovah, said, “Here I am, send me” (Abraham 3:27, Moses 4:1-4) “Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ….In me shall all mankind have life, and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name” (Ether 3:14) By following Jesus’ teachings, we can inherit a place in Heavenly Father’s presence. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Aaron
Our loving Father in Heaven gives us commandments for our benefit by revelation and through prophets. “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” The scripture in Amos 3:7 is not recorded in the past tense. God revealed commandments to Moses and continues to reveal commandments to us, his children, through his prophets. God revealed a law of health to the prophet Joseph Smith in 1833, known as the word of wisdom. In addition to emphasizing the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health, God has spoken against the use of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea and illegal drugs. Interestingly, God’s laws are not up for popular vote, or even for well-reasoned argument based on research (i.e., the ever-changing wisdom of men). The harmful effects of coffee and tea were not widely researched or even understood when this revelation was given in 1833, and yet they certainly are today. It requires faith, to start. But as we receive the promised blessings for obedience to the law, our faith is strengthened and our knowledge, i.e., personal knowledge from experience confirms the truth God revealed. If you don’t consume these substances, but you live with someone who does, it’s obvious to you that they are prisoners of the substance. Most coffee drinkers would admit that they need “their” coffee. Even if they don’t admit their dependence, their behavior does. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Aaron
The easiest way is to get started is to go to mormon.org, click on "chat online now" and request a visit from the Missionaries, who will walk you through each step required for baptism. You can also find a meetinghouse at http://www.mormon.org/mormonorg/eng/worship-with-us/what-to-expect and there will be plenty of members in your area who can help. But in summary: STEP 1: HAVE FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST STEP 2: REPENT STEP 3: BE BAPTIZED BY SOMEONE WHO HOLDS THE PRIESTHOOD (AUTHORIZED BY GOD) Why? The Apostle Peter taught, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38) How? As the Savior was. First, by immersion. The apostle Paul taught that being immersed in water and coming out again is symbolic of death, burial, and resurrection. After baptism we start a new life. Second, by a person having the proper authority. Christ went to John the Baptist, who was appointed by God to perform the baptism. Likewise today, God has appointed individuals and given them the authority to baptize in his name. This authority is called the Priesthood. STEP 4: RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST The gift of the Holy Ghost is the privilege to receive continual guidance and inspiration from Heavenly Father. How? the Lord said, "Whoso having faith you shall confirm in my church, by the laying on of the hands, and I will bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost upon them." (D&C 33:15) Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Aaron
Alma, a prophet who lived before Christ on the American continent, wrote,” All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Alma 30:44) Simply looking at the sky at night and seeing the millions of stars and planets all moving in perfect order. We know that in our solar system, there is miraculous order—a perfect rotation around the sun, which gives light while we work and darkness while we sleep in exact 24-hour increments. This could not be by chance. We can see the work of God in the earth with the breathtaking mountains, rivers, lakes, clouds and various forms of life with all the resources needed to sustain life. This is not a coincidence. God is not only all powerful and all knowing, as is evidenced by his creations, but he is also all loving. He created us in his image and He knows us as individuals. This evidence comes through personal prayer and developing a relationship with Him by keeping his commandments and recognizing the great blessings that he can give us when we are obedient. God is the Supreme and Absolute Being in whom we believe and whom we worship. He is “the Great Parent of the universe,” and He “looks upon the whole of the human family with a fatherly care and paternal regard” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 39). Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Aaron
The fall of Adam and Eve created two types of death. Physical death, which is the death of our physical body and spiritual death, which is the “death” of our spirit, or as prophets have put it, “being cut off from the presence of the Lord.” We don’t have power over death, but there is one who does—Jesus Christ. Christ was resurrected, and his victory over death ensured ours as well. When we rebel against God, or sin, we cut ourselves off from his presence. Loving parents allow their children to grow by helping them understand the consequences of their choices. Similarly, God helps us grow to become like he is—full of love, power and knowledge—by helping us understand the consequences of our choices. If we are to live eternally in God’s presence, we must become like God is. But how? Through Jesus Christ. Christ not only died, he suffered. He suffered the very real, painful consequences of our poor choices and actions. The burden of our sins was so heavy that it caused him to bleed from every pore. How? I don’t know. Why? Love. He is the loving older brother who carries us on his back because we are too weak to make the long journey by ourselves. I know this is true. I have felt my burdens—crushingly heavy for me to bear myself—lifted as I have exercised enough faith in Christ to repent. The simple, practical example given in this you tube video has helped me to understand why we need the Savior http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VTMWVpzx4M Show more Show less