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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm a researcher, a designer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and two boys and I live in the Netherlands while I am a Marie Curie Fellow at Philips Research. I want to make the world a better place by making better things. What do I mean by better? More useful, easier to use, more fun, and more beautiful. How do I do that? By understanding people on their own terms, where they live, work, shop, and play. Taking what I observe and ask people I help a team of people make better things. I also study the way we do that to improve it all.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I prayed about it, God answers prayers today, and speaks to us through his word. This is a particular kind of proof, and it's empirical, but in way that trusts all of the different ways we perceive and understand the world, not just a subset of them. I.e. I'm willing to believe and act on things I personally feel which are not externally verifiable, but CAN be verified internally and most anyone can do it. Just read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. When you ask sincerely He will answer. My faith is complex and growing, I recognize that my church is both the place where the authority of God reside as well as an organization composed of imperfect, biased, people (in other words, humans). We are all God has to work with in this life, and he does the best he can with such weakness as we have. There are plenty of mistakes, sins, and bad choices that have been made by members of the church, including our leaders, but that doesn't break my faith, it makes it stronger. I'm weak as those who have gone before me are weak, and yet they were able to do so much, to serve, to love, and to build. I'm here saying I'm here too for those same things, and I'm also weak and imperfect.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by having a relationship with God and my family, worshiping God and his son Jesus through personal prayer and things like attending church and going to the temple. What that means for me practically is praying, talking to God in the name of his Son, and getting something back from him. Making my wife and family a priority, and going to church on Sundays. Am I perfect? No, I've struggled with lots of things in my past and continue to improve my life. This life isn't for perfection, not that it's not something to long for in healthy ways, but this life is for learning, and learning comes from having experiences and making choices. Choices have consequences, and when we don't like the consequences we call the consequences and the choices that led to them bad. So in that manner of reckoning I've made loads of bad choices, but I learn from them... at least I hope I am!

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

If you had something awesome wouldn't you want to share it? What if by sharing this awesome thing you end up with more of it? That is why we proselytize. We put lots of other things into it, we have programs, etc. We all are asked to do this, wherever we are. Some do this full time, young men are asked to serve especially though I firmly believe that gender shouldn't have anything to do with it. Show more Show less