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Hi I'm Aaron

I grew up in Oregon, but now Idaho is home. I have a great wife and 3 wonderful kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father, and I'm the COO of a large dermatology practice. I am interested in aviation, World War II history, cooking and building model aircraft. I love my family most of all, they are so great. Our kids are all teenagers. We try to spend as much time as we can together. I like history, technology and other eclectic interests.

Why I am a Mormon

The light and perspective that the Gospel beings into my life cannot be overstated. I feel like all of my family happiness, all of my personal joy, and all the truths I know by personal experience and by the sweet comfort of the Holy Ghost have given me a life of such wondrous joy and love and peace. I know that Heavenly Father loves me and each of us as his precious sons and daughters. I can identify with that because I know how I feel about my own wife and children. The knowledge that He is my Father, that He loves me, and that He wants me to be happy forms every other thought and decision of my life. I know that Jesus Christ really is the Son of God. His infinite love has snatched me from an eternity of misery and heartbreak. How can I not serve Him the rest of my life? I am so grateful for the knowledge that because God loves us, He continues to call prophets in our day, to teach us and guide us. The same spirit that testifies to my heart that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ also testifies to me that Joseph Smith was the Lord's first prophet called in these times to re-establish the church. I also know that the Bible and the Book or Mormon are both true testimonies of God. Both of these records bring me to love God more, and teach me things that throw light into my life.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith first and foremost in my family. I think that is where the Gospel has the most long-lasting and meaningful impact. We pray together, read scriptures together, I try to love those around me. That can be challenging in work or other environments, but I am trying to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, albeit not the best one, so I feel it is important to treat others as He would. I also try to serve without being asked, or, when I am asked, to serve with a giving heart, like I really mean it.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Aaron
The whole idea of emergency preparedness, of food storage, of provident living, etc, stems from a simple principle that I think most people fundamentally agree with--We are responsible for our own lives. We should first look to ourselves and our families to provide for our needs. So, the more people in a society are prepared for the rainy days that surely come, and the disasters that can't be foreseen, the more those folks can step in and help others, instead of only receiving assistance. Its the classic "Grasshopper and the Ants" idea. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Aaron
A testimony is the undeniable feeling or witness by the power of the Holy Ghost that something is true. When we say we "have a testimony" of something, like Jesus Christ or the Book of Mormon or living prophets, it means that we have had a profound and deeply moving spiritual experience that makes the truth of it undeniable. We feel like we know it is true, and that that knowledge is comparable to knowing that the sun is in the sky. That doesn't mean that its always fireworks and angels. Usually, a testimony comes a little at a time, more like the development of a photograph. And, just like a photograph, it is just manifestly true that, while there was nothing there before, now, after the photo has developed, there is no denying that there is something there. A testimony or witness from the Holy Ghost also comes with feelings of love, peace, brotherly kindness, knowledge, etc. See Galatians 5:22. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Aaron
It is immensely rewarding and it is also rigorous. This is not a Sunday only feel-good sermon church. We are asked to put our money in tithes and offerings and our time where our beliefs are. But, I think we mostly do so with great joy. I have served as a scoutmaster twice in the church-sponsored troop, and although I really hate camping, I have so much enjoyed seeing the boys learn and progress and become good and honorable young men. That makes the rigor and the sacrifice worth it, to me. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Aaron
We feel pretty strongly about authority. Either God doesn't care how we baptize, or He does. Either a person acts not only in God's name, but by His direction and approval, or he doesn't. If authority doesn't matter, if God will accept any offering of any kind, then no religion or authority matters, really. We believe that a person must be called by God or by His designated servants. Its like in the New Testament after the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus chose His 12 apostles, and after Judas Iscariot died, those 12 apostles, as God's designated authorities on the earth, chose a new apostle. Matthias didn't nominate or choose himself. So, we feel that any person who performs ordinances or sacraments on behalf of God or Christ must have authority to do so. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Aaron
I think we have to be vocal and push back on a society that seems to have confused freedom with lecherous excess. There aren't many people in society who feel that pornography is a good thing, and yet it seems too easy to go along for the sake of "tolerance" or "freedom of expression" even if that freedom is cancerous and robs all who participate in it. I think we need to make our voices heard, not in a shrill way, but just to make sure that others like us know that they are not alone, and also to make sure that those who would peddle porn know that there is a growing majority who won't tolerate it. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Aaron
We believe that our faith must rest in God the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ alone. They are the only beings in whom having faith can produce any salvation. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Aaron
A record comparable to the Bible, in that it is a record of God's dealings with his people as recorded by prophets, and that it testifies that Jesus Christ really is the Son of God. It is a second witness, alongside the Bible, that God does live and that Jesus really is our Redeemer. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Aaron
No. We revere him like we revere Abraham, Moses, or Peter, as prophets and apostles. We see him as the messenger of the Lord, just like apostles and prophets in ancient days. He holds a place of honor, but he was only a man called of God. Show more Show less

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

Aaron
For me, the most powerful testimony that there really is a God, and that He is a loving Father who cares for me and wants to help me, comes from the feelings I receive when I pray. I have received answers to prayer from a being I cannot see, yet who clearly communicates love, light, and information to my mind and heart. These communications are different from any other communication or feeling I have ever had, like light pouring into me, or a sweet, divine waterfall pouring over me. I cannot replicate these feelings myself; they come from outside of me. I feel that this is how the Holy Spirit manifests God's existence to me. I have also learned truth--not just vague feelings of happiness or contentedness, but real truth, real facts and real direction--that have always been a blessing to me. Show more Show less