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Hi I'm Aaron Utterback

I'm a Mormon, a husband to my amazing wife (who I sometimes just call "amazing"), and a podiatry student

About Me

I am currently in Ohio with my lovely wife Kim while I attend podiatry school. We were both born and raised in the same town of Kent WA, and although we graduated from rival high-schools, we still managed to fall in love! Kim and I both have many common hobbies that we have introduced to each other to. Kim taught me how great snowboarding is while I magically got her hooked on golf. I am beginning to regret this though, as she has taken to the game quite quickly and is ready to pass me up any time. The sport that brought us together, and thus has a special place in our heart, is wake boarding. We love to go out on a nice, cloudy morning, so as to have calm water, to enjoy some wake boarding behind my Dads boat (a lovely watercraft that yields a short 1 foot wake, making "wake" boarding quite a challenge). We also love to be adventurous. We have been snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and hiking. We also had an opportunity to travel through the Patagonia of Argentina and Chile. We took two back packs, two sleeping bags, and two sleeping pads, and we traveled by bus, slept on the banks of lakes, in bus stations, in the back yard of a church, and airports. We had such a great experience meeting the lovely people of South America. We had great joy as many we met invited us to eat meals with them and enjoy activities with them. We have been blessed in all we've been able to experience together.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of my experiences I have had in my life that has led me to know of the truthfulness of the gospel. As a child, I grew up attending the Mormon Church with my Mom and Dad, and my two sisters and brother. Throughout my childhood my parents encouraged me to find out for myself if Jesus Christ is my savior, if the Book of Mormon is true, and if the church is the true church. They wanted me to know as they did of the truthfulness of these things, so they taught me that to know of a surety I needed to read the Book of Mormon, meditate and ponder on the principles taught, and most importantly pray to our Heavenly Father and ask him if it is true. They taught me that by doing so in faith, he will send me an answer in the form of mental clarity and warmth in my heart. I can tell anyone reading that I have done this and I received an answer in clarity and warmth that only comes while studying the gospel and praying to my Heavenly Father. I have seen amazing places from Europe to South America and have done very adventurous things from rock climbing to surfing, and nothing has or ever will bring peace and joy to my heart the way that gospel study and prayer does. Since a boy I have had many incredible experiences that have confirmed to me the truthfulness of the gospel. Through these experiences, I can say that I know that Jesus Christ lives and that he died so that we may return and live with him in glory and happiness beyond what we are able to comprehend. I know the Book of Mormon is true, and that anyone who reads that book, and prays about its veracity will also know it is true. I know that Joseph Smith restored Christ’s true church upon the earth with his priesthood authority. I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior for all they have blessed me and my family with and all that they will bless me and my family with.

How I live my faith

I live my faith with all my heart and also imperfectly. I know I will not be perfect, but I try my best. I try to pray every day, thanking my Heavenly Father for the countless things he has blessed me with while asking for his help in things I need help with. I also try to read the Book of Mormon every day, which brings me strength and comfort through the challenges of work, study, relationships and weaknesses. I also strive to serve those that are around me. Currently, I work with teenagers that are ages 14 and 15. I teach them for a half hour each Sunday on a different gospel topic. I love doing this as I learn from the lessons myself and enjoy seeing them to not just learn gospel topics, but to begin to understand the "why's" and "how's" of gospel principles. Each Wednesday evening we gather at the church for an hour or so to play games, do scouting, or serve others. We also go camping and do fun outdoor activities that help bring us together as a group. One thing my wife and I love are the great friends made through the gospel. You always have ideas come into your mind about how to help a friend in the gospel and I can see how much our friends have helped us. I recently had to take a board exam that I had already failed at twice and was really struggling. It was my last chance to take it and I had spent just about every waking moment for months studying for it. Before I got out of the car to take it, I was extremely nervous and said a little prayer for help. Immediately I felt calm, peaceful, and relaxed as the thought popped right into my head, "Aaron, don't worry, you have many friends and family members praying for you." I knew right then I was going to do well and I passed. I later found out how much my friends and family members had been praying for me and I will forever be grateful. It truly is the gospel of Jesus Christ that makes experiences such as that because its a gospel of giving, not taking.