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Hi I'm AJ

I grew up in a small town. I'm a married full-time student of Audiology struggling to support my new little family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town with a lot of cliques. Of course, what high schools don't, but the whole town felt like a high school some times. I felt bullied growing up. While I gained an associates degree in Theatrical Arts I made good friends and found out who I was and what I enjoyed personally. Beginning in high school I found a love for books and movies. I spent a couple years abroad in South Korea, where I learned to love the new language and new culture. That time changed how I look at life. I eventually moved to another small town on a whim and met the beautiful young lady who agreed to be my bride. The next year I started working on my Bachelors degree at a new school in a new state. The first week I began my studies in the field of Communication Disorders, my wife and I welcomed our first child, a little boy, into the world. He is the apple of my eye and makes all the struggle worth it. I love my family and am doing all I can to support them as I struggle my way through school. I have found love in my family growing up despite the lack I felt from peers. I now have a wonderful little family that loves me for who I am. I now speak easy with my peers, study hard, and love life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have read many comments of those ridiculing my faith. Many say that Mormons "Just Believe." That they just follow the tradition and are Mormon out of obligation. I disagree with that. I am a descendent of pioneers on one side and on the other side I am only 3rd generation, 2nd generation who has kept the faith. Sure, there may be those that just blindly follow, but I believe that is the exception. I feel that I personally have gained a testimony through a conversion process like unto any person learning about the church for the first time. I had to learn, ponder, pray, and receive the witness of the spirit like anyone else. I have received that witness of the spirit, and I cannot deny it. That is one reason of many that I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I strive to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ permeate every aspect of my life. I try to allow in my home only things that are inspiring. My wife and I are very careful to not bring anything into our home that will take away from the spirit of Christ. I feel this helps us to feel more peace in our lives. We are not perfect and we make mistakes, but I feel like this makes a big difference in our lives.