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Hi I'm A.J.

I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. I am currently a professional journalist and photographer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a person that likes to try out new things. I am a photographer that shoots temple, wedding, landscape photography, and I am also a videographer that makes his own versions of Mormon Messages on YouTube. I currently study Broadcasting and Photography. I come from a single parent household, after my father decided to not be part of the family. I have a younger sister, and live with them and my grandmother.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up as a member of the Catholic church, I went to the Mormon church many times with my great uncle and grandmother, who have been members since the 1980s and 1990s. I would go to Primary and participate in many of the church activities. My great uncle was the branch president at the time, and my grandmother was serving in the Primary (children's Sunday school) at the time. It made me feel comfortable knowing that I had two relatives there. I would not become a member of the church until I was 9 years old in the year 2000-2001. My mother had been going through a painful divorce and was searching for peace in her heart, and had hoped to start something new in her life. In the summer of 2000, my family went with the branch (congregation) to the Hill Cumorah Pagent in upstate New York, I had been there numerous times with my grandmother, but this was my mothers first time there, and she enjoyed it. Later on that year, the Boston temple would be holding its open house and dedicatory sessions. We were not members yet, but my mother volunteered at the open house. The divorce was settled in December 2000, around the time the missionaries were teaching us the discussions (lessons before baptism) and we agreed to be baptized shortly after. My mother and I were baptized on February 18, 2001 at a chapel just north of Boston. Quickly we hit the ground running. Within 3 months my mother was called to be a Primary teacher, and I finally started to comprehend the Sunday school lessons that were taught to me. My mother ended up serving in Primary for 8 years. I ended up serving un numerous church callings while in my youth and now attend a church owned university. My sister ended up baptized on her 8th birthday in October 2005. My life has always been blessed, especially now that I am a member of the church. I feel like I have a stronger relationship with my elder brother Jesus Christ. I know that he loves every single one of his children.

How I live my faith

Since becoming a member, I have been able to serve the Lord in numerous church positions. I have been Bishop's assistant, served 4 years as a stake youth council member, one of them as co-president where I was able to plan out youth activities for my stake 15 congregations. I have served as membership clerk twice. I have been a home evening leader while in college. I have been Elders Quorum (male sunday school) secretary and teacher. I have been Young Men's (young men sunday school) counselor, Sunday School counselor. With these callings, I have been able to grow in my faith, and learn the things necessary to love our Savior Jesus Christ. I am always willing to serve the Lord in any capacity that he will allow me.