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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm from Colorado and enjoy the beauty of nature. I'm an audiology doctoral student. I love to joke and laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm in my mid-twenties and am a first-year grad and doctoral student studying to become an audiologist. I'm not married yet but am not worried about my chances either; I hope to have a family of my own someday. I lived with my mother before attending school for the fall. My parents divorced only a few years ago; it was rough but I knew that it was for the better and that things would work out. My father has remarried. I was fully active in Boy Scouts during my teens, earning my Eagle when I was 17. I can play the piano and organ somewhat. I enjoy playing tennis and racquetball. I enjoy various board and video games. I enjoy jogging. I used to be a small grocery store stocking manager; it was my favorite job and I miss it sorely. I have five siblings. I try to recycle and conserve as much as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised in the Church, I did not gain a fuller conviction of the truthfulness of it until my early teens, though I did not doubt it. I remember feeling the Holy Ghost as early as when I was eight and that same feeling returned to me during the course of my life. I felt the Spirit in my heart and mind, or feelings and thoughts, when I prayed in my early teens about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The Spirit told me clearer than a thought and more distinct than a voice that they exist and direct our lives for good. A scripture states that all things denote that there is a God. I have found that my faith has increased or that I have seen more of the goodness of God as I have studied both spiritual and secular topics. God works miracles in our lives even if we do not always perceive or recognize them.

How I live my faith

I used to teach a class of four- and five-year-old children with my brother. It was a challenge to keep such energetic children focused so that we could teach them more about the basics of the gospel. However, they already had a great understanding. Sometimes I'll play prelude on the organ before our Church meetings start or postlude after they finish. Music is a powerful way whereby I like to share my faith and enrich lives. I look for ways to serve whenever I can, whether that be in helping others to move, visiting the sick, offering encouragement or advice, or any of the many other ways. Currently, I am the Sunday School "president" of my local singles' ward or congregation; I love studying the scriptures and sharing doctrine with others.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Aaron
A "testimony" is one's personal conviction or witness of faith in Jesus Christ and the principles of His gospel. A testimony is something that is usually developed over time throughout our lives. We believe that the Holy Ghost and other experiences with God strengthen our testimonies. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Aaron
Very much so! Jesus Christ is the center of everything that we stand for and everything that we believe. His name is at the center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for that very reason. We love the Savior and we worship Him. We acknowledge and are grateful for His Atonement, or Expiation, through which we may repent and receive a remission of our sins. We are baptized after the manner that He was to enter the Church. Every ordinance or procedure in the Church, every prayer and meeting, includes His name. We believe that Jesus Christ is the One who directs the work of the Church, which has expanded and prospered under His leadership. Indeed, we are Christians. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Aaron
We certainly do. We believe that it is the record of God's dealings with His children from Adam's time down to that of the Savior and His Apostles. It is applicable to everyone and can enrich our lives if we will study it and live by its teachings. I especially love reading the Savior's teachings in the New Testament and the poetic prophecies of Isaiah in the Old Testament. Study of the Bible is essential to everyone in the Church. It is by reading a passage in the New Testament that Joseph Smith came to pray and that the heavens were open again. All scriptures have power, not of themselves, to direct us toward a love of God and all humanity. Show more Show less