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Hi I'm Ayden

I grew up in New Zealand and now live in Northern California and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my sweetheart over 25 years ago, and we have two teenage sons who are Eagle Scouts and active in participating in Duty to God activities which has helped strengthen their relationship with Heavenly Father and willingness to serve Him and others. My greatest joy is my family and enjoying life together through the good and trying times. My favorite thing to do is enjoy conversation and games at the dinner table with my family, camping & RVing, cycling, and enjoying the outdoors. I love going to the Temple and try to go every month with my family. Going to the Temple often and with our children really helps to strengthen the bond we have with each other and reminds us we are truly a forever family. Since graduating as an engineer nearly two decades ago, I have worked in various manufacturing and high tech industries as an engineer and operations planner. I am grateful for the vast experiences I have in my work and the challenges it gives to juggle time and priorities with family, church, and wholesome activities.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints while a teenager, living on my own in a rural New Zealand town. I joined despite having very negative experiences with young Mormons where I was raised in the suburbs. What I had learned is that despite how others behaved, it is not necessarily reflective of the faith or church they belonged too. I had often thought that all churches were the same and that all served a similar purpose about being a good Christian follower. What was interesting about the Mormon church is they still believed in living prophets, the reason being is that is how the church was organized when Jesus first lived with us. Today, through living Apostles and righteous priesthood brethren we are taught and given sacred living ordinances that prepare us to return to our Father in Heaven. These eternal ordinances can only be done in Gods Temple which is why Mormons have so many Temples the world over. Mormons love genealogy because many of their ancestors were not taught the Lords gospel and have not been baptized or received the eternal ordinances for themselves. So family members research their ancestors so that eternal ordinances can be done for them by proxy in the Lords Temples throughout the world. The Temple is a holy place and only worthy people who live Gods standards and have been baptized by priesthood leaders can enter the Temple to do work for themselves and theirs or others ordinances. God loves all his children and He wants them all to return to be with Him, which is why Mormons decide to be missionaries and serve all over the world to teach those of our Fathers children where they come from, who they are, and why they are here. I know that if I do my best to keep Gods commandments, and receive his ordinances through baptism and the Temple, I can have peace and joy in my life both now and after I pass. My primary focus is for me and my family to receive all these blessings so we can be an eternal family in Heaven.

How I live my faith

Each Sunday I have the privilege of teaching young men gospel principles about the life and example of our Savior and His restored gospel. I love the teaching process where as a class we learn together, invite each other to act and apply the Lords teachings in our lives and to share what we have learned and experienced with each other, family and friends. One of my favorite hymns is "Because I Have Been Given Much". When I reflect upon my life and family, this song reminds me of all the Lord has given me and reminds me of my promise to Him to share all that I can with others both in word and deed. For me the best way to live the gospel and find balance in my life is to serve in the Church. I serve as a husband, a father, a teacher, a comforter, a faith leader, a cleaner-upper, a chair put-a-wayer, a counselor, a prayer, and a thanker. Serving my family and others, and remembering to be grateful for my blessings, is the best way for me to show my father in Heaven my thanks for His love for me. This is best done by praying often, reading the scriptures, attend and participate in church meetings and activities, and sharing evenings as a family to discuss gospel messages, or going out to help when you see a need or invited to do so.