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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm a Dad, an OEF Veteran, a Fan of the Outdoors, Science, & Helicopters. I am also a Mormon.

About Me

I have a beautiful wife and a fun group of great kids. My wife and I were married in the Logan, Utah temple for this life and forever, even after death. This is done in a special ceremony, in the temple, called a sealing. If covenants are kept, our marriage--with God's priesthood authority--carries the promise that our relationship can endure through the eternities. My wife really is something special. She has brought peace and happiness to my life, & is a true friend. I was born in Oregon & grew up in a small town in Idaho. I served a mission in the northern provinces of Argentina from age 19 to 21. I went to college in Idaho and served in the Military. I flew the AH-64 Apache Helicopter & was a platoon leader for an Army aviation fuel and ammunition support platoon in Afghanistan. I started out as an enlisted Soldier and am currently a Captain--inactive at the moment. I recently completed my Master of Aeronautical Science degree.I hope to work in the Aerospace industry. Fishing is something I enjoy, but haven't had much opportunity for the past few years. I love the Northwest and especially Oregon & Idaho because of the beautiful scenery. You don't have to be a pro to get great photographs here. Camping is one of our favorite things to do together, as are kids movies, geology, and other outdoor activities available here in the rocky mountains. When things are very busy though, a visit to the local park or hotdog roast on our back porch's charcoal grill is just as fun.

Why I am a Mormon

The things I have learned about God and his son Jesus Christ through this church have helped me be a better person. I have overcome faults, faced difficult challenges, and weathered storms in my life all with a foundation built on a personal relationship with Christ. I am grateful for the Bible, Book of Mormon, and modern revelation from living prophets and apostles for the specific things I learn to face my challenges as well as for the comfort they bring during hard times. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I believe that it was prepared by God and is administered by Christ for my benefit.

How I live my faith

On Monday evenings our little family gets together and we sing hymns, pray together and have a brief lesson on a gospel topic from a living prophet or the scriptures (for 2014 we are studying the Old Testament) for weekday scripture study as well. The lessons are short, but the important thing is that we invite the Holy Spirit into our home. We call this Family Home Evening, evening scripture study, and family prayer. Also there are some other things that I do to live my faith. I pray and read the scriptures daily. When I make mistakes, I try to make it right with others as Jesus taught. I am by no means perfect, but I have found that having a standard to live up to, in the example, commandments, and modern revelations of Jesus Christ allows me to constantly work at it. Engaging in regular scripture study also has the effect of helping me want to be better; the reason for this is found in the Book of Mormon, Alma chapter 31 verse 5 or Alma 31:5 that reads: "And now the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just--yea it had a more powerful effect on the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them--therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God." As I work on being a better disciple of Christ, read the holy scriptures daily, and pray to God with thought and sincerity, I feel as if I am developing a better relationship with Christ and our Father in Heaven as well.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mormons, like myself, love the Bible. It is a powerhouse of sacred knowledge, historically invaluable, and the pure word of God as originally written. The Bible contains God's dealings with mankind through holy men of God, called of God (2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 5:4). Additional scripture does not replace the importance of the New Testament's account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, or the creation of the world in Genesis, etc. What we do believe as members of the restored church of Jesus Christ is that with the restoration of that connection from Heaven of men with God's authority, meaning the famine of His word is over, as prophesied in the Bible (Amos 8:11; 2 Timothy 3:1, 5; Isaiah, 24:5, 29:13, 60:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:3). This renewal of God's direct dealings with mankind and the Book of Mormon are prophesied by the Bible: Ezekiel 37:15-20, Isaiah 2:2; Daniel 2:45; even Jesus Himself spoke of this time Matthew 9: 15-17. The Book of Mormon is evidence of the reemergence of that same pattern of God's word revealed by prophets of old. It has been prepared for our time to stand with the Bible as scripture, like the New Testament is to the Old Testament (Amos 3:7). The value of studying every word from the mouth of God is that it is important to our salvation (Matthew 4:4). All Scripture is important as 2 Timothy 3:16 says. So you can see why the very idea that something God says is unimportant, like what is written in the Bible, is absurd to a Mormon like myself. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

I have recently had someone ask me about our supposed worship of Joseph Smith--which is not true. Young Joseph did see God the Father and Jesus Christ as a boy, restored the original Church of Jesus Christ to the Earth in 1830, and translated the Book of Mormon. I am always stunned to hear this kind of question. The truth is that we do NOT worship Joseph Smith. We also do NOT worship other Prophets, like Smith's peers: Brigham Young, Moroni, the ancient American prophet from the Book of Mormon, Peter the ancient Apostle, Moses, or Joseph sold into Egypt. I consider these holy men of God with His authority of the priesthood to act and speak for Him, but nothing more than mortal men. I have been taught, & I personally believe in worshiping only God, the Eternal Father, and His son, the risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Prophets are great men of faith and wisdom and are able to speak the truths of God's plan for our salvation in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This wisdom of the Word of God that these men speak and write, benefits us if they heed that word, but as God's messengers and representatives they are not to be worshiped for the divine message they carry. I pray only to God, our Father in Heaven, and do so in the name of Jesus Christ. The first of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20: verse 3 states: "3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me." And that is what we believe as members of the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and what I believe as a Mormon. Show more Show less