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Hi I'm Aaron

I’m an Arizona native, happily married father of three great kids. I served in the military and am a second generation Mormon.

About Me

I’m a second generation member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and married father of three wonderful children. At the age of seventeen I joined the military and attended one of the three U.S. military service academies. At the age of 20 I left the military to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church. At the ripe old age of twenty-three I double dated with a close friend and was privileged to experience an event that altered the course of my life. The French philosopher Pierre Telhard de Chardin said that we are not human beings having spiritual experiences, but rather spiritual beings having human experiences. I agree, for when I saw my date for the first time I knew instantly that our meeting was not the result of a haphazard series of random events but a carefully orchestrated rendezvous of kindred spirits once again reunited. I soon discovered that “kindred spirits” oftentimes have different human experiences and after two long weeks a second date served as a springboard to marriage ten months later to that beautiful young woman whom I remain married to this day. Although life has not always been easy, together as a couple and with our children it will never be lonely.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people can trace their success or happiness in life back to a certain event, such as the marriage to a long-time sweetheart, birth of a child, or graduation from college. While my own marriage to my sweet wife, the birth of each of my children, and college graduation are extremely significant events in my life that have brought me great joy and happiness, I will always been grateful for the day my father joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (i.e. Mormon church) in Washington State after meeting the Mormon missionaries. Although this event happened well before my own life began, I continue to feel its ripple effects each and every day because I’ve been raised in the Church. It may seem hard to imagine how something as intangible as ones “membership” in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be the source of joy and happiness in this life, but it’s what that membership represents that makes it so very valuable and important to me. I cherish my membership in the Church because to me it represents the knowledge I have of a loving Heavenly Father and of our Savior Jesus Christ. My membership represents the blessings I receive from God for following His commandments, the standards He has outline for us and my commitment to follow them. My membership represents my acknowledgement and understanding that my life has meaning and purpose beyond just the here and now, and that through the Savior Jesus Christ I can be with my family forever. These things and many more represent why I value my membership in the Church and why I am grateful to my father, so many years ago, for also realizing the joy and happiness that would come from membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have been fortunate enough to have served in a number of varied capacities within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saitns, from caring for preschool aged children to leading a congregation of faithful members. The one thing I learned from all of these experiences is that it’s not where you serve, but how. The Church is, and always will be, founded on the service and involvement of its members. This service is the very essence of a major tenant of the Church: when you are serving others you are serving God. Following the example of Jesus Christ, people helping people in what the Church is all about.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Aaron
Simply put, tithing is used to help the Church help others. Tithing is used to support the administration of the Church, from building facilities to printing literature to humanitarian efforts world-wide, tithing is used by the Church to help others and to help spread the “good news” gospel of Jesus Christ. Understanding the importance of tithing can be discovered as we change our attitude about tithing and its purpose. As we acknowledge God as the source of all our temporal blessings we can know that tithing is a divine law meant for no one’s benefit but our own: it allows us to develop Christ-like attributes thru sacrifice, by cultivating our faith, and by allowing us to participate in furthering His work here on Earth. Show more Show less