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Hi I'm Cam

I am a software engineer and a family man. I'm a Mormon

About Me

The biggest joys I find in life are playing with my wife and kids, solving problems, reducing complexity in software, and playing soccer. I also enjoy working on computer vision problems, some of which I was fortunate enough to do research on as a focus of Master's Degree in Computer Science.

Why I am a Mormon

I continue to be a Mormon because of the happiness and peace of mind that I feel. The doctrines taught are instructions for me on how to be happy. I feel joy in living by the commandments taught. I feel God assuring me that this is the correct path and this is how I find joy in life, regardless of how hard life is at the time. The peace of mind comes through the doctrine of God's plan for us. I know where I came from, I know why I'm here, and I know that I can live with my family and with God after death. Knowing this really puts my time here on earth in perspective.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith one choice at a time and recognize that I fail in making the correct choice from time to time. The gospel, however, gives me hope that even after horribly wrong choices I can make things right again with God and that I can try again. The gospel gives me the perspective that I am here on earth to learn to be my best self, with help from my Savior Jesus Christ to overcome weaknesses and motivates me continually. Currently in the church I serve as a Sunday School Teacher. I have the opportunity to teach gospel principles to 15-16 year-olds. The youth I teach are amazing and I love seeing their example as they face a world with so many differing and conflicting expectations. Previously I have conducted the choir, worked with boy scouts, cub scouts, acted as a secretary to the Bishop (the congregation's leader) and as a leader in service opportunities in the ward. Throughout the years, I have also helped countless families move. Through all of these experiences I have found new heights in both my capabilities and faith. I have also grown in my love and understanding for others through this service. I can't imagine experiencing the same growth without these experiences.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Cam
This is a tough question. To give context, I know that God can and does speak in our time. Our communication with him is not limited to the Bible and prayer. Just as in times of old, God has called prophets to communicate doctrine and commandments from the Lord. Today our prophet is Thomas S. Monson, the president of the church. There are also apostles and seventies who give guidance on doctrine. They act as mouthpieces, speaking for God. They are believers and have come to know God through trial and perseverance. They have gained God's trust to speak in his name and give commandments of God. That said, a commandment came from God through an inspired prophet that plural marriage be practiced. Later, God through his prophet gave the commandment to stop this practice. Personally, I don't understand the details on why it was given, but I know that it came from a prophet of God. Faith has to be involved to get past this hard concept. An amazing source of comfort is also through prayer. I have prayed and have felt peace concerning this. This avenue of prayer is available to any of God's children. I invite you that if you struggle with the concept of the church practicing polygamy that you pray about it and have the patience to receive God's answer. Show more Show less