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Hi I'm Arthur

I'm a husband, father, brother, son, brother-in-law, son-in-law, scouter, student, teacher, neighbor, friend and also a Mormon.

About Me

Most of all I'm a family guy. I love to spend time with my three kids and my wonderful wife. We live far from the rest of our family right now since I'm going to graduate school. I'm currently working on my Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics. I want to be a professor and help other people learn Spanish, and enjoy learning! My wife and I love to watch movies, read books, and play games together. I love board games and some computer games, especially when I can play them with my wife. I love to play with building bricks with my kids and look forward to the time that I can do Boy Scouts with my two sons. I also love to read with my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon Church. However, that is not why I'm a Mormon. When I was a teenager I decided that I wanted to study religion for myself and read the Old and New Testaments, along with the Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Doctrine and Covenants. As I read all of these scriptures I prayed about what I was reading and asked for guidance in what path I should follow in my life. As I did so I felt a strong feeling of peace and comfort with the idea of staying in the Mormon Church for the rest of my life. I knew that this feeling was sent to me by God through the Holy Ghost. Since my youth I have many times felt the same reassurance that this is where the Lord wants me to be. I have felt the love of God as I have tried to live by the teachings that are taught in the Mormon Church. I have also been able to see how the doctrines taught in the Church have helped me to become a better person. I still have a lot of room for improvement, but I know that I am in the right place, and that with the help of the Lord as provided in His Church I will be able to continue to draw closer to Him and to continue to feel His Love and even more of the great happiness with which I have already been blessed in my life.

How I live my faith

Currently I have four primary responsibilities within the Church. My first and foremost responsibility is as the patriarch of our home I am responsible for leading our family in spiritual matters. I try to make sure that we pray together every morning and night, that we offer thanks in prayer for every meal, and that we read our scriptures together every day. I also try to make sure that we have a weekly activity as a family where we have fun and learn something and eat a treat. :) My next responsibility is that of a Home Teacher. Together with my Home Teaching Companion I am responsible for making sure that three families in our local congregation (Ward) are taken care of both spiritually and temporally. To do this we visit these families once a month and pray for them every day. If we find a need, we try to help them as best we can, or, if the need is beyond our help, we report back to the Bishop so that he can be aware of the situation and make sure that the family gets the help it needs. My next responsibility is that of an assistant leader for the young men ages 14 - 15. Mostly this entails helping to teach lessons on Sundays and helping with our weekly activities, especially when we do scouting activities. I love working with the young men and doing scouting so this is a lot of fun for me. I also learn a lot by working with them! It is a lot of fun to watch them learn and grow. My final responsibility is that of working at the Temple. I go to our local Temple, which is about two hours away, once a month for a 4 - 5 hour shift. While there I help make sure things run smoothly. I love going to the Temple on such a regular basis! The Temple is the House of the Lord and when I go to the Temple I am able to feel very close to my Savior Jesus Christ, which is very special to me. I am also able to perform service for others, which helps me to feel happy.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Between around 600 BC and 400 AD there were quite a few prophets who lived in the Americas. Many of these prophets kept records of the dealings of the Lord with the people. Around 400 AD the last of these prophets, named Mormon, went through all of these records and compiled the Book of Mormon by taking the parts of the prophetic writings that he felt would be of most benefit for the people of our day. He then passed the record on to his son, Moroni, who later buried the record. Many years later Joseph Smith was guided to this buried record by Moroni, who was now an angel. Joseph Smith was given the tools and help he needed in order to translate this ancient record into English so that the world could benefit from the writings of the ancient American prophets. That is how we got the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less