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Hi I'm Aaron

I grew up in Kansas, and now live in Georgia with my wife and four children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father, and spend most of my time working to provide for my family. I am an attorney, and enjoy the intellectual challenges that nearly every day brings me. I love spending time with my family, reading good books, and running.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents became active in the Mormon church when I was a baby (my Mom was baptized when she was a teenager, and my dad was baptized shortly after I was born). Accordingly, I've gone to church for as long as I can remember. As a teenager, I began to wonder whether my adherence to Mormon teachings and rules was based on habit or pressure from my parents, or if I knew for myself that the things I had grown up learning were true. I began studying the scriptures on my own and asking God, through prayer, whether the Mormon church was truly His church. Did I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God to restore His church to the Earth? Did I believe that the Book of Mormon was the word of God, translated by Joseph Smith from an ancient record written by prophets living on the American continent? I quickly realized that I did know the Mormon church was God's church, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is exactly what it purports to be -- another book of scripture just like the Bible. As I acted on those realizations by serving as a missionary for the Mormon church, my convictions only grew stronger. I am now fully convinced, by the power of study and prayer and through the feelings of the Holy Ghost, that I am living the way God wants me to live and that the things that I have been taught all my life in the Mormon church are true.

How I live my faith

As a father, one of the most important things I can do for my family is teach my children about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and help them follow the teachings of our Lord and Savior. My wife and I work together to raise our children with strong beliefs in our Savior and with desires to help others in need. I also serve in the Mormon church by working with the young men (teenage boys between the ages of 12 and 18), planning and participating in faith-promoting, service-oriented, fun activities with them. We have a great group of boys that are true disciples of Jesus. They are examples to me, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to work so closely with them.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Aaron
Like most other Christian religions, the Mormon church believes that all sexual activity outside of marriage, whether heterosexual or homosexual, is wrong. I believe that having homosexual feelings, in and of itself, is not a sin. Acting on those feelings, however, is. We are all sinners, though, and all face temptation to commit various and diverse sins throughout our lives. I believe that some people are more strongly tempted by certain sins than others. I have never been tempted by homosexuality, but I have very close friends and relatives who have. We read in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon that we are not tempted by any sin that we cannot resist, by humbling ourselves and relying upon the amazing power of Christ's atonement. I personally know that our Savior's grace is sufficient to allow us to resist and reject any temptation, including the temptation to commit sexual sin, whether heterosexual or homosexual in nature. I have felt this strength in my own life, as I have relied upon the Lord to help me resist the temptations that I face. In short, we should love everyone, for we are all sinners and must all rely upon our Savior to become the people that He would have us be. Homosexual activity is a sin, but just like any other sin, it can be overcome through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This does not mean, however, that the Mormon Church condones same-sex marriage. We believe that marriage is a sacred and holy institution through which God advances His work here on earth and in heaven. One of the foundational teachings of the Church is that a man and a woman can be married not just for the duration of this life, but for all eternity. It is through these eternal families that we can enjoy all of the blessings that God wants to give us. It is through families that we can develop Christ-like attributes that are unique to the family setting. As a father, I've personally experienced the blessings that come from unconditionally loving my children and doing all I can to provide for them, both materially and spiritually. Because marriage is such a sacred and special thing for Mormons, same-sex marriage is an important issue for us, and I, like many other Mormons, do what I can to promote the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman. Show more Show less