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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm an attorney. I'm a basketball referee. I play the piano. I'm a married father of three girls. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

To borrow a used expression, I like to think of myself as "a remarkable combination of both velvet and steel." Note that I said it's what I think. I'm sure my wife and daughters would lean more towards the steel than the velvet. I'm a former Division 1 college athlete who loves the performing arts, speaks French fluently, has an unhealthy addiction to the game of chess, and is pursuing his current dream of running a successful solo general law practice.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess the simplest answer to the question of why I'm a Mormon would be because it was the religion of choice for my parents. The more complicated answer is that I have come to know for myself, through life experiences and spiritual witnesses, that the Book of Mormon is as much scripture and the word of God as the Bible, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God the same as Abraham, Moses or Isaiah, that God's priesthood authority is once again on earth, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only complete and true religion on earth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith outloud. Aside from a few brief years when I attended a Church sponsored university, I have lived my entire life as a religious minority. In schools I was either the only one, or one of less than a handful of my particular faith. I made sure that others knew what I could and could not do, what I believed and why. If I made a mistake, others knew it before I did. Today, the tradition continues. Although, with maturity and a career has come knowledge and experience which has tempered somewhat my brash childhood stance. I'm not afraid of being identified as a Mormon. But I don't broadcast it as I used to. I attend my church services every week, and have additional Sunday responsibilities on top of being part of the general congregation. A typical Sunday for me involves various meetings from 7am through 4pm. I wouldn't have it any other way. When I do something, I give 110%. And I've found that God honors those who honor Him.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Aaron
He was a seeker of truth. He was a servant of God. He was the first president of the Church. He was a prophet. It is because of him that we have The Book of Mormon. It is because of him that God's priesthood was restored to the earth. It is because of him that there are more than 125 operating temples in the world, sealing families together for time and all eternity. It is because of him that the one, true Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Aaron
Because the Mormon Church doesn't have the lengthy history or membership size of the more traditional worldwide religions. Or, because the Mormon Church is considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist. And during the years the Church practiced polygamy, members were viewed as living outside of conventional society. That's probably why people refer to the Church as a cult. Frankly, the cult label is a socially convenient nametag given to the Church by persons otherwise unwilling to learn about the Church for themselves. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Aaron
It's always easier, more socially acceptable and encouraged, at least in America anyway, to call someone or something by a nickname. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't want to use a one word substitute for a nine word name. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are commonly called Mormons because in addition to beliving in the Bible, Mormons have a second book of scripture called The Book of Mormon. While members do not object to the nickname of Mormons, they are encouraged to take any opportunity to bring to light the true name of the Church, thus putting the focus where it belongs, on Jesus Christ. Show more Show less