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Hi I'm Aaron

I am a family man with brittle bones. I love animation. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have an awesome wife and two amazing children. I study animation with hopes of one day earning a living doing what I love. I'm a huge basketball fan, and watch more than I play due to my type-1 osteogenesis imperfecta, aka the brittle bone disease.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon, but my family was less-active until I was about 8, when my mom was in a serious car accident which she barely survived. It was then that she decided she wanted her family to return to the peace the Savior brings, so we started going back to Church. I will never forget how her testimony caught fire as she came back to activity-- she read and studied as much as she could in the scriptures and other books to learn about the Savior and what His Atonement meant to her personally. Likewise I will never forget her teaching me about Heavenly Father's love for His children, and how that love can be a powerful guide in my decision-making. The Gospel is the most important thing in the world to me. Everything that is good in my life--my family, my friends, my career, my peace-- I owe to my Savior. Without Jesus Christ, I wouldn't have anything to hope for. I'm so grateful, for instance, that my wife and I get to be together and make each other smile for eternity! It thrills me to know that our children will be with us forever, that we can be a happy and loving family for time and all eternity. We still go through hard stuff like anybody else, but it's amazing how powerful the hope that the Savior offers us can be.

How I live my faith

I teach Sunday School to our local group of married students. I also enjoy getting to know my ancestors through family history. 

What is being a Mormon like?

Aaron
Our way of life can often be seen by society as too restrictive and no fun at all. But in actuality we believe that the boundaries the Lord has set for us e.g. no alcohol or tobacco, no premarital sex, etc. serve as guardrails that enable us to stay on the true path of happiness. We are generally a very happy, very hopeful people, and that comes from our hope in Jesus Christ and the results of trying to live simple lives surround by loved ones. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Aaron
None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes and fall short of the perfection of God. But we must be clean to be with Him, for no unclean thing can dwell in His presence. That is why Jesus Christ, our Savior and elder brother, volunteered to live a sinless life then pay for our sins. In His infinite love and mercy, He offered Himself to pay the debts that we incur for our own sins and weaknesses. Through the Atonement, all mankind can be forgiven of their sins if they repent and exercise faith in Christ. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Aaron
The Book of Mormon is a record written by ancient prophets who lived on the American continent. It was abridged or compiled and edited by a prophet named Mormon, who lived in the 4th-century A.D. The book, recorded on plates of gold and hid up by Mormon's son, Moroni, was eventually given to Joseph Smith in the 1820's. Joseph's calling was to translate the book from its ancient language into English through the gift and power of God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Aaron
One of the most wonderful things about the Gospel is that God wants you to gain your own testimony of it. He wants you to ask Him if it's true. We are encouraged in the Book of Mormon to study it out in your mind and, through sincere prayer, ask Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ if the Book of Mormon is true. We are promised that if we ask in faith the Lord will answer us. This extends to any principle of the Gospel, and to the validity of the Church itself. If you want to know if it's true, study, ponder and ask God about it. I have taken this challenge myself and come away with a sure testimony, through the manifestation of the Holy Ghost, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's restored church on the earth today. I invite you to try it out for yourself! It's such a bold challenge with a powerful promise attached, and I've seen it change countless lives. With such a bold promise from our Father in Heaven, why wouldn't you try it? Show more Show less