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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm a husband, father, marketing professional, and I attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church).

About Me

Here is an excerpt from my blog about spiritual growth and life as a Mormon http//graceforgrace.com/about/ I believe that everyone has seeds of divinity deep within. Each human on earth has divine potential and spiritual gifts given to them from our Heavenly Father. I believe that mine in part, are shown through my desire to always improve and progress in life spiritually, professionally, emotionally, physically, and relationally. Since an early age I have been very physically active. When I was very young, I wanted to become a Wide Receiver for the Seattle Seahawks and tried to emulate Steve Largent. In junior high and part of high school, I did play football and even wore the jersey number 80 Largent’s number. However, it became apparent that I wouldn’t be a professional athlete, so I started ballroom dancing instead. I danced through college and even made it onto a touring dance team that toured through Europe in 1999 with Ricks College. After my dancing days were over, I ran triathlons for a couple years. My wife and I were married Sept 1, 2007 in the Seattle, Washington LDS temple. We enjoy working out daily and enjoy hiking, skiing, camping, watching movies, playing games, and traveling. We have one beautiful daughter, born on December 31st, 2008 and another young son who was born August 18th, 2011.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon church in southern Idaho on a small dairy farm and was baptized when I was 8 years old. Life growing up wasn't easy as my parents did not get along. One of my greatest fears was realized when I was 9 and they got divorced. Since my mother left the LDS church after the divorce and I lived with her, I followed suit. We would occasionally attend other christian churches such as Lutheran, Baptist, and Presbyterian. I regularly would attend the Baptist church with my young friend. I had extreme hurt and anger within my young heart that I directed first towards my father during this time, which I also directed towards the Mormons. My Dad stayed active as a Mormon and I blamed him and the LDS Church for my struggles. Also, I started hearing negative things about the Mormon church as I quit going. During this time, I would gang up on the LDS kids on the playgrounds and make fun of them, etc. I also got into some trouble with friends with some of the mischevious and illegal things we started doing. My life was heading down a bad path at a very young age. Things changed when I visited my Dad one summer. While I was there I felt a peace in his home I hadn't felt for a long time. I decided to move in with my Dad despite protests from my Mother and other friends who were convinced the Mormons were going to be harmful for me. During this time I also started reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. I read Moroni 10:3-5 that says God will tell us if the Book is true if we pray with a sincere desire and real intent and decided to try it out. I prayed an felt an outpouring of God's love so strong that I knew it was true. The decision to re-commit to the Mormon faith has made a huge impact on my life and family and I am grateful for it.

How I live my faith

I believe that it is important to have a personal relationship with God and that the most important thing we can do to develop our relationship with God is how we interact with others. Therefore, in order to develop a stronger relationship with God, I start each day with meditation, prayer and reading in the scriptures. I pray that I can see my wife and family as God would see them. I pray that I will treat others at work how God would. I pray for my neighbors and also look for ways to give back in the community monetarily, or through direct service. I am honest in my work endeavors and the way I treat my colleagues and clients. Also, I regularly attend the local congregation on Sundays. I accepted the call to serve as a teacher to the 16-18 year old youth in our congregation Mormon's call the congregations "wards", which strengthens my conviction of Jesus as I teach each week during Sunday School. I regularly write on a blog at www.graceforgrace.com about my personal spiritual growth and development as well.