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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm a Mormon. I'm a husband. I'm a daddy. I'm just a regular guy!

About Me

I was baptized and became an official member of the Church when I was 8 years old. I love to participate in sports, including snowboarding, bowling, golf, basketball, American football, and softball. I come from a musical family. My dad has his own country rock band. I learned to play the piano and organ. In high school, I played guitar in my own rock band. I was also a cub scout and a boy scout. As a teenager, I learned more about my religion in seminary, and as a young adult at the institute of religion at my local University. At 19 years old, I sold my favorite truck to help finance my journey to Queensland, Australia, where I served two years as a Mormon missionary. As a missionary, I met thousands of kind and wonderful people from all over the world. I learned to play rugby. I helped prepare food in the Meals on Wheels program. I volunteered at various libraries in the communities where I lived. I participated in inner city graffiti cleanup efforts. I was a Red Cross volunteer at the children's hospital in Brisbane, and visited kids suffering from terminal diseases. When I returned home, I studied many subjects at University, including Accountancy, Photography, and Microbiology. In Spanish class, I met the girl that would later become my wife. We have a son. Today, I am employed by the U.S. Government and I volunteer to teach the basic principles of Christ's Gospel each Sunday at Church. There are still many opportunities to serve others. I get great joy from helping other people find happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child, I shared my parents' religious beliefs. As a young adult, I studied world religions. I read the Book of Mormon and studied the teachings of the Bible. I developed a personal testimony through the Spiritual experiences and feelings I had in studying the teachings of Jesus Christ, as well as his disciples and many Prophets. In living the Christian teachings of the Church, I learned from first hand experience the legitimacy of the faith. While I was teaching a friend about the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph Smith, we knelt down and prayed with sincerity to know whether Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. In answer to our prayers, we discovered that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet, the Book of Mormon was truly scripture written by people, many of whom were actually visited by the resurrected Savior, while they lived in Ancient America, and this record was miraculously revealed to Joseph Smith when he was a young boy and he translated the scriptures by the Power of God. As an adult, Joseph restored the Church under the direction of the Lord, and it is known today as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the restored Church, congregations all over the world teach and study the principles of salvation and eternal life in their fullness and the Church benefits from continuing revelation through a living Prophet, who is currently President Thomas S. Monson. I know this is the only Church that teaches 100% truth about the purpose of life and the way to find lasting peace and happiness. My favorite statement by a modern day Mormon Prophet named Gordon B. Hinckley invites all to "bring all the good that you have and come and let us see if we can add to it."

How I live my faith

My life is pretty normal, but I like to think I am spared a lot of unnecessary heartache and drama by adhering to a few simple principles: 1 Live each day so those who don't know Christ will want to after knowing me. 2 Keep an eternal perspective and don't sweat the small stuff. 3 Cherish each day like it's my last. 4 Work hard in whatever I'm employed. 5 Serve others and don't be afraid to tell everyone I love them we are spiritual brothers and sisters, after all.

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