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Hi I'm Aaron Koons

I am a student of life and a teacher of experience, I want to make a difference in the world and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a student at Brigham Young University and work at the Missionary Training Center in Provo Utah. I teach missionaries through the Spanish language, how they can better fulfill their missionary purpose of bringing others unto Christ. I grew up in Shoreline Washington just ten miles north of downtown Seattle. I am the youngest of six very unique and diverse children. I love my Brothers and Sisters and have learned many of life's greatest lessons from them. My family has been through a lot and although we are still very far from a perfect family the Gospel of Jesus Christ has helped us to overcome the most difficult times, and look forward to a better future.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family. My parents have always gone to Church since I can remember and I enjoyed going when I was young to sing songs and learn stories from the Scriptures about Jesus and all the Prophets. Around the time that I turned 12 years old, the last thing I wanted was to attend Church. Sleeping in, watching cartoons, and hanging out with friends was far more appealing. I didn't want to obey the commandments and I didn't feel good at Church if I didn't want to be there. The following years were filled with my own decisions to live life the way I thought was going to bring me the most happiness. I made decisions that limited my ability to find success in the future. I lived in the moment, doing what the world glamorized as happiness. At the end of high school, I didn't have a plan for what I wanted to do with my life. My grades weren't good enough at that time to get accepted to the University of my choice, my plan was to continue to attend community college. My friend's were leaving to college and starting new things and I knew I was going to be having a lot of time alone to think about my life. My siblings had moved out of the house and I was just living with my parents. I began to ponder what I really wanted to do with my life, what I wanted to achieve and become. I hadn't been active in the Church for years, however, I attended a General Conference where the Prophet of the Church invited everyone to read the Book of Mormon. I decided it was the time for me to see if this mormon thing was true or not and if God really speaks today and has restored his true church. I read the Book of Mormon, prayed to know if it was true, and it absolutely changed my life. It spoke to my heart and soul, gave me counsel and direction I had never enjoyed before. The Book of Mormon taught me of the Savior, his sacrifice, how to repent, and live a life that would be fulfilling and productive. I know that because the Book of Mormon is true, everything else is too.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by the way I think about the world around me. I try and appreciate everyday of life, its simplistic beauties and the small coincidences that really aren't that coincidental. I live my faith by looking at everyone around me as a special child of a loving Heavenly Father. I try to see the potential that everyone has to become like our Savior Jesus Christ, how special they are, and then treat them accordingly, with love and kindness.