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Hi I'm Aaron

I go to college, love to read, take pictures, and hike in the mountains. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, my name is Aaron. I love to be in the outdoors. Some things that i get really excited about are the mountains and the oceans. I am kinda an oxymoron because I love the mountains but I am not too fond of heights when I think about it. I am also in love with boats but water that I can't see the bottom of makes me quite nervous. In the mountains I love to hike, camp, swim (in lakes/ rivers) I understand you can't do that on the rocks effectively. On the ocean I love to deep see fish with my family (love those crazy people) :) Right now in my life I am in standstill mode. I work in a chemistry lab in the summers and am getting ready to go back to college. I love to learn which is kind of weird I know but it is something that just makes me want to get up in the mornings. I haven't traveled too much. About half of the U.S. geographically from Washington to Michigan; but that is something I have really loved. (A little of Canada has been under my feet also. British Columbia and Alberta but that is it so far.) My family is pretty sweet. I don't have one of my own yet but I do plan on it and am excited for that day whenever it comes ; )

Why I am a Mormon

I had to think a little bit about why I am a Mormon. At first I thought to just say "because it's true". Now that is the truth about how I feel but I'd like to tell you a why I feel that way. I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), but I didn't always believe that it was the truth necessarily. I didn't smoke or drink or go around with women. Now I tell you this so that you know that I believed the standards to be good. You know like living my life as that of a good person or such. At this time I did not believe that the Gospel was true because I didn't really want to know. Then I went to my first year of college. I had decided to go to BYU-Idaho at the time and that is where I ended up. At college I was happy because I was no longer under my parents fully and I could make some crucial decisions. I knew that I wanted to keep the standards I had been taught but I didn't think I would keep everything else... While I was down at school I had a religion professor ask us to do something. He asked us to read the Book of Mormon quickly. The only catches were that we needed to pray before and after each time and keep a study journal. Well, I thought to myself "this will be easy, I have already read it a few times", and I could do it again. So with this challenge I started. I read the introduction and the testimonies of those who had seen the plates that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon with. That's when I remembered to pray. Now I am a pretty competitive person and when I realized that I had already missed a step to the challenge I thought, man I already lost, I guess I can stop now. Then I thought, well I will pray now, just for me. You see, something happened right then that made it so I wanted to know if it was true. So I got down and prayed to know. The answer that I got was pretty much immediate. It felt like someone saying you already know this is true. You already know. From that experience and many more I know it's true.

How I live my faith

In the past I had the awesome opportunity to serve as a missionary for the church. that was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I saw many peoples' faith in Jesus Christ grow; but the person that it affected the most was myself. I can tell you that I know that Jesus Christ lives. He is the most amazing person ever!!! To be able to teach about the author of peace was definitely exhilarating. In the church there are many opportunities to serve and there are usually a ton of activities. Today, I am in the young adults programs a lot and it has been very exciting to be able to participate. We do dances and other things like that and just try to ave a lot of fun doing wholesome activities. I am like a designated car pool driver. Living about forty miles from the church I get a few opportunities to drive the other youth to events( usually about three a week). It is actually pretty sweet because we invite everyone from the community to come and a lot of the time people do. I know that the Gospel in any of it's aspects brings people together and allows for happier and more fulfilling lives.