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Hi I'm Cameron Armstrong

I'm an LCSW working with youth and their families. I love to play music, martial arts, sports and I Read, just give me a book!

About Me

I have been married to the woman of my dreams and am a father of three children, love playing and listening to music. I play drums, guitar, piano and the harmonica. My next instrument will be the ukulele. I also have done the Japanese martial art of Aikido for almost 10 years. I used to teach the children's class and substituted for other classes at times. I grew up with learning disabilities but still graduated with a masters degree, they still are there but I have learned to overcome them. I also love to read, I always have a book I am reading and I am a library junkie. Just give me a book, I don't care the genre if it is a good story I will read it.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though my parents were both converts to the church they did not treat us as if we were raised in the church. They wanted us to know how other people think, believe and behave. We traveled a lot to Canada where my mom's family lived and also out to Missouri where my father is from. We saw many different ways to live and saw many good examples of good people and others who were not so good. our parents always talked to us about the ability to choose and gave us plenty of chances to suffer our consequences. We also lived over seas for a few years and saw different cultures and religious practices. What I found to be most interesting was that no matter what religion it was they always ask the same questions. Where did we come from, why are we here and what happens afterwards? I would always ask, doesn't your church teach this stuff? and they would say, "no, they talk about glorifying God but they don't get specific. In the LDS faith we talk very specific about these questions I can even draw it out on a napkin and that blows people's minds. I would say, "It is called the plan of salvation and we are taught it from when we are born, why weren't you taught it? The main reason I am a Mormon is because I prayed about it. This is the only church that wants you to actually ask God if this is the right place for you to be. There is only on source of truth so go to that source and ask about it. I studied about the church, other churches and then went to the Lord to ask. I experimented with the commandments to see if the promise comes and in time I got my answer, this is the right church. That a prophet does lead the church, we can make it back to our Father in Heaven through the atonement of Jesus Christ and only through him. This Church answers all my questions, helps me to become better person, father, husband and employee. This Church helps me to become closer to my Father in Heaven. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily. Just want to be a good influence to the world. from things as big as reading my scriptures everyday to picking up pieces of paper towel in the public bathrooms before I leave. I just want to make the world a bit better then when I left. Being a Mormon is not hard. some people think the church rules our lives and tells us what to think and do but this is not true. I choose not to drink, smoke or watch rated R and some PG-13 movies because in the long run it gives me more freedom, discipline and strength. at times I get flack from people because I did not see a particular movie but it does not bother me, when I say that the movie really was not very appropriate they usually agree with me. I just want to do my best and be a good person. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is given to us so we can reach our full potential, what that means is for us to be able to learn, discipline ourselves and be able to make decisions that will bring true and lasting happiness not just in the moment. Each week at church i learn something new from many different sources and come away with a commitment to do at least one thing better in my life. Week after week those 'one things' add up and I love it.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Cameron Armstrong
My wife and I believe so. We had a conversation before we got married about this and made a commitment to each other that we were in it for the long haul and that means eternity. because of this commitment we understood that neither of us has given ourselves an 'out' not even death. Yes there is an option of divorce but we decided that we would not use that word no matter what. We have been married now over 13 years and we have had a number of hard times and struggles. One of those times the word divorce could have been used but we refused, we were going to work it out. Using principles of the gospel like, sacrifice, selflessness, forgiveness and applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ we believe that our marriage was healed and is now stronger than ever before. We understood that God has a plan for us and that hard times are part of that plan. We looked at our hard times of our marriage as a time to learn something we could not learn any other way and by turning to God for help instead of our own selfish interests we were able to become a stronger couple. Understanding the our marriage was to last into the eternities gave us strength and motivation, knowing this part of the gospel gave our hard times purpose and direction and we are closer to each other and God because of the experience. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Cameron Armstrong
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. there is God the Father, his son Jesus Christ and then the Holy Ghost. As members of the LDS faith we believe were are in part two of a three act play. Part one was the pre-existance, part two is our mortal life and part three is the afterlife. Picture coming into a three part play but you were late and only know what is going on in act two. Because you missed the first part you would have no idea what is going on. When we left our premortal life we had our memories blocked from us so that we could live by faith in this mortal life. The Holy ghost is who lets us know what is going on. When we pray to our Heavenly Father it is like leaning over to a friend and asking questions about the play. The Holy Ghost is how he gives us our answers. The way back to our Heavenly Father is through Christ, he is the only way. The way we get to Christ is through the Holy Ghost. It is like climbing up a ladder, we go one step at a time. The purpose of the Holy Ghost is to bring us to Christ so that Christ can fulfill his purpose of bringing us back to the Father. When we read truth the Holy Ghost lets us know it is true trough our thoughts and feelings. He leads us to truth, guides us in our lives and as we learn to listen he becomes our communication with the only real source of truth, God our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

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

Cameron Armstrong
We believe in life before birth and life after death. We come to earth as a chance to learn and grow and prepare for the next life. To get his children to earth the family was created and is central to the plan of God. Each person born on earth is entitled to have the strengths of both mother and father to overcome the struggles on earth. One struggle in this life we all have is to gain control over our sexual tendencies (both homo and hetero tendencies). It is not evil, nor bad to have either of these tendencies but to act on either of them outside of marriage is what is wrong. Now a person who has Homosexual tendencies would ask, "that means I can't express sexuality". we say, "not yet". The same thing is asked of someone who is hetero and never gets married, they are to be celibate until marriage even if it never comes on earth. We show our heavenly Father that we can be trusted with this power to create life and we will be married in the next life. A person who has homosexual tendencies is treated the same, can have all the blessings, go to the temple, be in the tabernacle choir, be a general authority it does not matter. What matters is if they act on those tendencies. Just because a Law on Earth may say it is legal in this state or that country to have homosexual marriages does not make it part of God's plan. The Atonement of Christ gets us to the next life but sex brings children here and is reserved for marriage. Jesus Christ and the Family are our main two focuses. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Cameron Armstrong
No it is not required to serve a mission. You can choose to serve anytime between the ages of 19-26. I had a companion that was 26 years old when we served together. I was not sure if I wanted to go on my mission and was not pressured to do so. I went late, I was 19 and a half but I went when I believed it was right for me. When I did go I was sent to Chicago and had the hardest two years of my life. I don't say best two years because the best two years of my life were these last two years of marriage. They were the hardest because of what a mission demands of you emotionally, physically and spiritually. Sine I completed a mission I can do anything. Even collage was easier than my mission. I was glad I was not forced to go and there is not a day that goes by that is not influenced by my mission. It was the best thing for me and would not change a thing. Even the really, really tough times. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Cameron Armstrong
This has two issues: 1. salvation is Free 2. Works needed for salvation. Some think these negate each other. They don't. Christ did his part. Isaiah 55 "Come and drink; salvation is free" It is only by Grace that we are saved, we can't do it on our own. The Atonement's two parts: 1. Saved us spiritually 2. Saved us physically. Spiritual salvation comes from applying the Atonement to our lives. In Alma 5 (BofM) "To gain salvation, men must repent and keep the commandments, be born again and cleansed through the blood of Christ". That is his grace, his blood, his Atonement. He also saved us physically and this is not just the resurrection. He saved us from all the physical strife of life. sickness, pain, fatigue, loss, trauma, overworked and over burdened parts of life, the yoke of Christ (his grace) helps us in this life and after.Through the grace of the Lord, faith in the Atonement of Christ to repent of our sins (our work), receive strength and assistance to do good works (his grace) that we otherwise would not be able to do on our own. Grace is an enabling power that allows all to lay hold on Salvation. We do all our work and the Lord's Grace does the rest. Rev- 20:12 "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the book... was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." Those who applied the work of the Atonement Christ in their Lives are saved, That is grace. Show more Show less