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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm a Mormon, a family man,a teacher, and someone who loves the northwoods.

About Me

I live in northern Minnesota with my wife and four of our children. Our oldest daughter lives in St. Paul, and our second daughter lives in Utah. We love northern Minnesota, even if it gets a bit cool in the winter. I teach at a community college and enjoy working with students and my colleagues immensely. I can't imagine living in a place without a lot of trees and lakes!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the faith, and yet living where I have for much of my life has given me the opportunity to think deeply about why I choose to remain a Latter-day Saint. I am surrounded by so many good people of other faiths it is truly humbling to be in their company. So, why should I remain a Latter-day Saint? To me it comes down to the answers to some critical questions. First of all, who are we? As a Mormon, I believe that everyone is literally a child of God. I like that. Everyone has a spark of divinity, and we all come from the same family. This belief helps me to treat others, including my students, with respect and compassion. I want to believe that we all have divinity within us. Another reason I remain a Mormon is our belief that God communicates with His children. He communicates not just with the Prophet and the Apostles, but with everyone who earnestly seeks Him. I have experienced this communication in quiet, peaceful, and sustained ways. It doesn't often happen in a dramatic fashion, but it is real. This communication helps me to know that even though life is challenging, we are not alone. When we seek to do good in this world, we will have help. I know this to be true.

How I live my faith

I am not a "preachy" person. I prefer to let my actions speak for who I am. I like to build other people up, to encourage them to achieve their full potential. I like to treat everyone with respect. When I feel that I have failed to treat someone well, I feel genuine remorse. And, when that happens, I try to do better the next day. I believe that the Savior's Atonement gives me the chance to try again when I fall short. Most of all, I try to be a good husband and father.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Aaron
A testimony is a witness received from the Holy Ghost that a certain doctrine or concept is true. God is anxious to confirm our knowledge of truth, if we are willing to pay to price to obtain it. The price is simple, yet profound: a broken heart and a contrite spirit. God resists the proud. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Aaron
Yes. A second witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ is needed in a world where notions of who or what God is are diverse. He did appear to people in the New World. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Aaron
Joseph Smith was a Prophet in the fullest sense of the word. I am amazed by the revelations he helped to bring to mankind. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Aaron
We come to know our Father in Heaven to the extent that we become like Him. We cannot know Him otherwise. No amount of research in any library, no number of graduate degrees, no number of times we pray without being willing to change, will compensate for striving to emulate His character. This is a long process: line upon line, precept upon precept. It is what our faith is all about. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Aaron
Absolutely. Every day of my life for as long as I can remember I have said many prayers that have ended in the name of Jesus Christ. I think of His life and example often. I am amazed by His grace, His pure love and compassion for people like me. He is the Prince of Peace. I have felt His influence in my life again and again. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Aaron
Women do not hold the priesthood in the LDS Church because God has given women another divine mission to fill. Women have a divine gift to nurture, including their own children. The priesthood is all about service. Men need to be constantly reminded of the need to serve. In my opinion, women just seem to understand service better in an intuitive way. All leadership in the Mormon faith is service-oriented. When men forget that and start thinking that they are somehow superior to women because of their responsibility to exercise the priesthood the scriptures plainly teach that they have lost their calling. We all serve one another, just in different contexts. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Aaron
The world doesn't have a good grasp on the meaning of sacred anymore. Not everything should be open to public view, not because it is mysterious or privileged, but because it could be mocked or even just misunderstood by those who do not share the same beliefs. Our temples are sacred. We protect what happens there out of respect for the deep faith of those who made their building possible. Show more Show less