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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm a family guy, a science guy, and a music guy. I like to be happy. I know Christ lives and is our Savior. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a people person; I love my family and am so grateful to have good friends and acquaintances who help me be a better person. The people around me bring so much happiness into my life, and I try hard to return the favor. I've always been interested in science, and I'm working on my dream career. I'm in the beginning of an immunology PhD program. I feel very fortunate to have grown up to get the job I always wanted. I play the harmonica, the dulcimer, bluegrass banjo, and fingerstyle guitar. Riding my bicycle to work makes me feel cool. I feel awesome when my wife and I bargain shop and buy something really cool for really cheap (e.g., my classical guitar, my bicycle). My wife is my very favorite person to spend time with. I should have been born in the 1950's, because I love old movies and old music. I believe that the world is full of wonderful people and that the future ahead of us is bright and full of promise. I believe that each person has infinite potential. I absolutely love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a Mormon).

Why I am a Mormon

I feel very blessed that I was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints starting with Day 1. My parents are faithful Mormons, and they were the ones who got me started off strong in the Mormon church. My siblings, extended family, and friends helped out, too. But the reason I'm a Mormon is because I know for myself that this is what the Lord wants. Even when I was a little boy in primary--the church's Sunday school for young children--I had times where I felt the Spirit of the Lord tell me I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I particularly remember how I felt when we sang songs about Jesus Christ together as children. Sometimes I felt God and Jesus Christ so close that I would start crying. Of course I tried to make sure none of the other kids saw. But experiences like these taught me that God is a real personage and not just an idea. I learned that He is my Heavenly Father and yours. I learned that He knows us and wants us to know Him. I learned that not only does He speak to us through modern-day prophets, but He also speaks to each of us, customized and individually, through the Holy Ghost. Many years ago I overcame an obstacle in my life and in the process learned more myself about why I'm a Mormon. I knew that I could be more like the person He wanted me to be, and I knew that would make me happier. For some reason, though, I just couldn't seem to do it on my own. I prayed for help, and the solution finally came. An inspired church leader encouraged our congregation to read The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I had been encouraged several times before, and had read The Book of Mormon a few times, but this time the invitation felt different. I began reading every day... ...and something wonderful happened. I felt the Spirit in my life as never before. Heavenly Father helped me to make the changes I desired in my life. That's what being a Mormon is all about.

How I live my faith

A prayerful study of The Book of Mormon has done more to strengthen my relationship with Jesus Christ than just about anything I have ever done. When I first learned what it really meant to ponder the scriptures, the scriptures invited Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ into my life more than I knew possible. They changed who I was. Nothing has ever made me happier. I promise that if you read The Book of Mormon with a sincere heart, the Spirit of the Lord will enter into your heart. You will come to know Jesus Christ better. I promise that the stories it contains are realities--in it you read real words written by real people about real experiences. I live my faith by studying those words, the words in The Holy Bible, and other words the Lord has given us. Then I try to live them. I live my faith by finding out how the Savior Jesus Christ would like me to improve and then trying to improve in that way. I rely on the Savior to help me make these changes, and I pray to my Heavenly Father for forgiveness when I make mistakes; through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I know I can be forgiven and overcome my weaknesses. I live my faith by trying to lift others: being kind to them, respecting them, helping them, and sharing with them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know the Lord Jesus Christ restored the fulness of His Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed Christ's church. A prophet of God leads it today, and he does so under the direction of Jesus Christ who is the head of the Church. I live my faith by following the prophet.