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Hi I'm Aaron

I live in Washington with my Wife and 4 children. I work for Starbucks. I love cookies. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of 4 great kids. I grew up for the most part in Utah and about 4 years ago moved to the Northwest. I've always worked in food manufacturing and love leading and managing any kind of group. I'm currently a program manager in charge of commercializing new products for Starbucks. Anybody that knows Mormons well, knows that we do not drink coffee or tea. This has been a challenging and interesting part of my career. Living in the Northwest has been great for my children. They have been exposed to a much more diverse world than they could have experienced in Utah. In my church congregation, we all have responsibilities and I'm assigned to work with the youth. We're heavily involved in Scouting, and I get to act like a kid during our weekly activities. Keeps me young! I earned the rank of Eagle Scout and love that I am able to continue to give back to this great organization as an adult leader. In the past few years, I have developed a love of photography. I am still very much an amateur but love when I am asked to take photos of other families for their special occasions. The only thing I ask in return is a plate of cookies. Maybe when the kids are older I will have more time to improve my skills. I have started running over the past couple of years and recently participated in a 200 mile relay race called the Ragnar, with my wife and 10 other great friends. What a great and fun experience! I used to hate running as a kid but love it now.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. As I grew up and started learing about the world around me, I began questioning the beliefs that had been taught to me from my youth. I was a bit rebelious and started making choices that were not in line with the teachings of our church. It didn't take long for me to realize that the road I was heading down was not one that I enjoyed or wanted to persue. I returned to living a life that was closer in line with the teachings of our church. At this time I can only say that I was going through the motions. As a teenager, I still lived at home with my parents. Going to church was easy but not something that I would have done if I was out on my own. I continued to question the beliefs of my parents. Each summer I had activities with the Scouts and church youth. I always loved these camps and adventures. One in particular was a turning point in my life. I went to a Youth Conference when I was 15. The conference was filled with all kinds of activies. There was swimming, bowling, dancing and classes about Gospel topics. At the end of the week we were given the opportunity to meet as a group in a Testimony Meeting and share our thoughts and feelings. We were encouraged to share our beliefs about the Church, our families, the restoration of the Gospel and most importantly, our faith and belief in Jesus Christ. It was during this testimony meeting that I had my most important spiritual experinece. The Holy Ghost witnessed to me that everything I was hearing about Christ and his restored Gospel was absolutely true. I had the most amazing feeling of peace and love that completely filled my entire soul. I knew that what I had heard was true. I was amazed that the creator of the universe was aware of my questioning mind and wanted me to personally know of his existance and concern for me. This event has acted as an anchor for me throughout my life through difficult experiences. No mater what happens, I know that God loves me!

How I live my faith

I work with the young men in our ward from 16 to 18 years old. Each week we meet on Wednesdays where we participate in the Venture Scouting program. The program is fully organized and led by the boys. They develop leadership skills that prepare them to be positive contributors to our communities. They also learn life skills and have the chance to experience high adventure activities that stretch them. I also get to teach spiritual topics each Sunday that strengthen my own faith. Many people in the world are worried about the youth of today. I have no such concern. The youth that I get to interact with are true leaders that recognize their responsibility to those around them. They are examples to me and I find it a privilege to serve them each week. I also have many other opportunities to serve. This past week we participated in a project to paint the exterior of a local school. Next week we will be moving in a neighbor and my son and I took some treats to a couple of families that we are responsible to look after.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is a like a code of health. Through modern revelation, we have been given guidance about what we should and should not eat or drink. We are told to stay away from Alcohol, Tobacco, Coffee and Tea and Illegal Drugs. Additionally, we are advised to eat things that are good for our bodies and to otherwise take care of our bodies. If we follow this Word of Wisdom we are promised that we will have good physical health and even more importantly will experience spiritual benefits. Because our bodies will be clean, we are more open to the influence and comfort of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less