What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Aaron

I served as a helicopter crew chief in Vietnam. I was an LDS missionary in Sweden. I have four children, and seven grandchildren.

About Me

I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 18 May 1974. I served a full-time mission for the church in the Sweden - Goteborg mission - from 1976 to 1978. I entered the mission field at the age of 29. My wife, Gailynn, served as a missionary in Australia. We were sealed in the Los Angeles temple in June of 1979. We have four children and seven grandchildren. During the time I spent in Vietnam, I saw many good young men perish. As a combat aircrew member, eight of the aircraft I flew in were shot down in hostile territory. I spent two months on an aircraft carrier hospital after a particularly violent crash. The question I returned home with was, "Why is it that some men could be involved in so many terrible situations and survive, while others die on their very first mission?" After years of pondering and searching, I discovered the answer to this and other questions of great importance to me. As a member of the church I have found peace to my soul and gained an eternal perspective. I have learned that, whether I understand or not, a loving Father in Heavenis in control of His kingdom. I have learned to be okay with the will of the Lord, regardless of what that may entail. Today, I know that my Heavenly Father lives; he knows me personally; he cares about my condition of life. I know these things absolutely and for this I am grateful.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a combat veteran, having served as a helicopter crew chief with the First Marine Air Wing in the Republic of South Vietnam for two years. During the time I spent in Vietnam, I saw many good young men perish. Some of those young men were as close to me as brothers. In total, fifty percent of the combat aircrew member in my squadron were killed in action. As a crew chief and gunner, I was shot down eight times. I spent two months in an aircraft carrier hospital after a particularly violent crash on board the U.S.S. Okinawa. After flying combat missions for two years, I returned home with a compelling question in my mind: "Why is it that some men could be involved in so many life-threatening situations and survive, while others die on their very first mission?" This question haunted me for years after coming home. After years of pondering and searching, I finally discovered the answer to this and other questions of great importance to me. As a member of the church I have found peace to my soul and an eternal perspective that filled me with confidence that Heavenly Father is in control of His kingdom. I have learned to be okay with the will of the Lord, regardless of how His will may effect me personally. Today, I know that God lives; I have a personal relationship with him through His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I have been given a wonderful opportunity to work with young men (ages 12-18) in our ward and stake. In particular, I work with young men who have been ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood. An important aspect of this work is our involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. Scouting is "activity" for our young men and they love it. Another aspect of my service with Boy Scouts of America is my volunteer work as BSA District Huddle Commissioner. My primary responsibility in this position is to attend monthly Roundtable training meetings to train adult Varsity Scout leaders. The work is very fulfilling. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages every member to be as active in community affairs as possible. In my life, I have found a way in which to follow this counsel my membership in Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States - Post 1537. Community service is huge with VFW, and I have found my nitch. While my current position with VFW Post 1537 is that of Senior Vice Commander, I am also serving as the liason officer between Greater Yosemite Council, Waukeen District, Boy Scouts of America and our post. In January of 2010, our post donated $1,000.00 to Friends of Scouting. During our January 2011 post meeting, a motion was carried to donate another $1,000.00 to FOS.