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Hi I'm Aaron

I work in Education and Technology. I love creativity. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love learning. As long as I can remember, I've had an extreme curiosity and passion for exploring new things. This has lead me in curious directions and obsessions, but the reward has been an enriched understanding of the beautiful universe we live in. I love people and have always taken a profound interest in others. I've always wanted to help those around me to obtain happiness and achieve their potential. I've experienced a lot of trial and tragedy from loss of family members to nearly losing my own life. These experiences are a major contribution to who I've become and have placed my mind upon things of an eternal nature, rather than the vapid concerns we all-too-often obsess over. I'm grateful for that.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are converts to this church. Each, in their own way, felt unsatisfied with the teachings they'd received, feeling a lack, feeling as if there must be more. Both found their way to this gospel and then, years later, met and married. I was their first child and was taught to seek the truth and to find a testimony of this gospel. I believe that because they had lived without the gospel, they took their job seriously and always taught me never to take what I had for granted, and emphasized the importance for coming to know and understand for myself. "Because I said so" never seemed to be in their vocabulary, and I appreciate that. As a teenager my father unexpectadly passed away and I had responsibility heaped on my shoulders. I supposed this was the catalyst for a short period of shirking my gospel life. But, through the workings of the spirit, I realized that I needed to find my own testimony and dedicate myself to the gospel and i did. Since that day, I have treasured up the knowledge I've gotten and the truths of the gospel sing sweet peace to my soul.

How I live my faith

The goal in my life is to find out and apply ways that I can become more like my Savior, Jesus Christ. Realizing my weakness as a human being, the most important thing I can do is to live a life that qualifies me to have the Spirit of God as my companion. Feeling that influence, I can access greater light and knowledge than I ever could on my own. The spirit leads me. Joseph Smith once taught that when the Lord commands, we should do it! I've made that my rule by quickly following the promptings I receive by the spirit, I'm lead to acquire the attributes that will make more more christlike. I'm a Sunday School teacher, and so much of my daily thought is spent in pondering and understanding the scriptures and my lesson. I want to apply it directly the the individuals of my class, and help them to dig out the principals that they can take and put into action in their life. The gospel should not be a merely intellectual pursuit, but rather it should empower us to change, to grow, and to become happier people. Other than my current calling, I've served in many leadership and teaching positions, and loved each of them. From counseling with leaders of congregations to teaching small children, the chances to serve have blessed me greatly.

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

Aaron
It doesn't take much more than a cursory glance at the state of the world to realize things are broken. Families, communities, cultures, governments, all around the world fail. We live in a failing world, and there needs to be a power to set it right, to provide hope, and to fix what we've all in our own way broken. We've each experienced saying words that can never be taken back only to hurt those we love, and yet somehow we can forgive and be forgiven. That power is exemplified in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. God send Jesus, into mortal life to live perfectly a feat none of us can do. Because of his sinless nature, he was able to pay for our sins and our mistakes providing a path to obtain forgiveness. Thus, Christ has power to mend the broken hearted and to cure all the ills of the world. If we accept his sacrifice and his gospel, then we can set those things right. The power to put the pieces back together is beyond our capabilities, but not for Him. I know this because I have experienced it for myself. I have felt the sweet peace of forgiveness and a rebirth a fresh start full of limitless opportunity. I know that Christ has the power to heal. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Aaron
For me, being a member of this church is an entire lifestyle. The term given to the followers of Christ in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon is, "disciple". I like that title because of it's obvious relation to the word discipline: it takes work to be a follower of Christ. Many assume that the church is an elite club for people who believe they're better than others; that couldn't be further from the truth. This church is comparable to a hospital, offering the healing needed to overcome our spiritual sicknesses. We're all working toward a goal, but none of us is there yet. I've found the members of this church to be accepting of differences while still supporting and encouraging me in positive change. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Aaron
This issue is one that is rife with misunderstanding to outsiders. First, let me say here that we love and accept all of God's children, regardless of beliefs. That being said, we affirm that the central purpose of life is to make and keep covenants in a family relationship. By extension that means bringing children into the world, born in loving families with both a father and a mother. We believe that our genders are an essential aspect of our eternal identities, that we were male and female even before we came to this earth. Neither sex is more important than the other; both serve the purpose of God to save His children. Both priesthood and motherhood are essential in the rearing of children. I myself am unspeakably grateful for the blessing of having both a loving father and mother. They each supported me in different ways, unique to their identity as a man and a woman. Show more Show less