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Hi I'm Aaron

I grew up in Washington state, love mountaineering, am a family man, and a family medicine doc.

About Me

I am currently a resident in family medicine. When I'm not working and studying, I enjoy playing the guitar, the piano, and studying languages. I am a very blessed husband and father.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a family that was broken by divorce when I was a young child. My mother introduced me to other Christian faiths as well as other non-Christian religions after the divorce and my father remained an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Soon after I graduated from high school, I moved out of my dad's home, though I had no real plan for my future at that point. During that summer, however, I had a number of experiences that made me start thinking more about the direction my life was taking and I began to pray regularly for the first time. Over the course of the next year, I read the entire Bible, the Book of Mormon (a few times) and many books giving commentary about the scriptures. It was at that time of searching that I received unmistakable answers from my Father in Heaven to the questions: Was Jesus who he said he was? Was his death really needed? Does God know me and (more importantly) care about me? Do miracles occur? Does God speak through prophets? Is there life after death? As a current member of the Church and now with a family of my own, I have seen the beauty the Gospel has brought to my marriage and my home. I know without doubt that my heavenly father and his son, Jesus Christ, are as active in this world's affairs as they have ever been and the proof of that is found in the history and fruits of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Beauty and truth exist in so many forms of worship outside of my faith and stem from that truth that God has always given to guide his children. Having studied and experienced many of these faiths, however, I can say that none of them have offered such clear answers to the deep questions of life. It is for that reason as well as the sure knowledge within my heart that God himself is in this work that I will continue to affirm that his truth and church have been restored.

How I live my faith

One way I have found to live my faith is by becoming a physician. I plan to use the skills I will gain to offer healing and comfort as well as education to communities in the U.S. and throughout the world. As for the present and the past, I have been a teacher of both the youth as well as the older members of my church, a leader, and a clerk. I also served as a full-time minister in Canada for two years.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Aaron
Jesus Christ revealed to Joseph Smith and to prophets of the Book of Mormon and The Bible that to become a new person, to become alive in Christ and be changed from our fallen natures in this world, we needed to perform certain physical acts under the authority and direction of men whom he had authorized to oversee and perform them. These acts are called ordinances and are performed the same (same words, same actions) for every child of our Heavenly Father. God and His Son, Jesus Christ, have always taught (according to the scriptural record) that a man or woman was to be completely immersed in water by someone holding the priesthood authority in order to be baptized and gain membership into the Kingdom of God on Earth, or His Church. This total immersion was to symbolize the complete death and burial of the fallen side of mankind and a rising again from this spiritual grave as a new person with a changed heart and resolve to keep God's commandments (Romans 6:1-14). Each baptism in the Church is carried out strictly according to the words that Jesus Christ revealed to Joseph Smith on the matter (Doctrine and Covenants, Section 20, Verses 37; 71-74) and can be performed by any worthy male who holds the priesthood. Show more Show less