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Hi I'm Aaron

I am "flight-headed" being interested in aviation history. I design a WWI flight journal. Im also a twin... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a twin, born a mere six minutes before my sister. She was a total surprise to the doctors, who were expecting only me. A family of three suddenly became a family of five. Our parents were young, struggling, and my father was in art school, the proverbial "starving art student." With a slightly older sister we enjoyed our family life. My parents were very creative and helped us to view all of the beautiful things in the world around us. Later, as a commerical artist my father worked in the aviation industry and exposed me to interests that have stayed with me throughout my life, including Art & Design, History (especially early aviation history), and Music. The aviation history aspect has stayed with me, and has led me in the last decade to design and publish an aviation journal about World War One aviation history. My professional career has helped me to become proficient at preserving and restoring old photographs, documents, and sound recordings and other media to preserve these important artifacts for future generations to study. This also spills over into my interest in family history... to learn the stories of my progenitors who help me to know who I am and where I come from and to learn from and appreciate their struggles and sacrifices, of those both known to me personally, or who have lived long before. It is an interesting feeling to visit a country, not your own, and to look and stand where your ancestors once stood, and see what they saw. I felt close to them.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents, in their struggles as a young couple, had very little means in the way of money. They both came from broken families and different religious traditions, but both decided to become members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They introduced us to the teachings. They taught us to pray to a Heavenly Father for help, both to thank Him for our food and safety, to ask for blessings and protection to be upon our family each day. They also taught me about a Savior who was the Son of Heavenly Father, and our need to have faith in Him. There were many instances when our family had needs, financial, medical, spiritual, or even a safe place to live in a crisis, that were answered thru family prayer by miraculous means and inspired individuals. My parents took us to church meetings where we learned more of our Heavenly Father, and his Son, as well as the restoration to the earth of the ancient church of Christ (not a reformation of earlier man-made churches from the middle ages) along with the authority to administer the sacred ordinances of baptism, confirmation for the gift of the Holy Ghost, which also returned the principle of revelation to prophets and apostles. The teachings of these prophets and apostles have helped me throughout my life as a child, a youth, and a parent as I have heeded their council. It felt good and right to learn and know that I was also a son of Heavenly Father, not in the same physical sense as Jesus Christ was, but that God was the Father of my spirit and that He was interested in me. Those early lessons that taught me how to pray... and pray on my own have led to answers and miracles in my own life, and that of my own family, as well as the family I was raised in. This has bolstered my faith in a living God and a Savior as I have seen these same principles exercised by my own children, my wife, and myself. It has made our family bonds strong and full of trust and faith in God. Being a Mormon is a great blessing to me.

How I live my faith

Although I was born into the Church and baptized at age eight, it wasn't until my early teens where I became "born again." Thru a loving father who realized that his son was entering a troubled stage that could lead toward disaster, he recognized and re-taught me principles that I had taken for granted. Foremost of these was the principle of repentance and that we could overcome our mistakes thru exercising this practice and relying on Christ and taking advantage of his sacrifice. I felt a powerful, cleansing influence come upon me, a joy and confidence I had never known before. The effect of it was that I no longer wanted to get involved with those who would've led me down the wrong path. It gave me the ability to discern those people or friends who would affect my life for good or evil. I knew that if I went astray, I would lose this wonderful light and influence for good that I was experiencing. It also gave me a greater ability to love and serve those around me and to help out where I saw a need or to look out for friends who were in trouble. My twin sister has had similar experiences and we share that "twin connection" where we often will call each other with an idea, an email, or the exact same song a the same time. When we were 16 years old, we lost our mother and six children were left behind, including a 9-month old infant. It was hard going, but we had been taught to be self-reliant, to have faith in God, and take care of one another. We felt a strong assurance that, although our mother had departed this mortal existence, that she was well and we would be reunited one day. While now motherless children, we experienced the loving support of our fellow church members who helped with the nurturing duties of the younger siblings during the day whlle we older kids were at high school. My life's experiences with the church have shown me that it is the restored Kingdom of God on earth and that it has the ability to uplift and unify all of mankind.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Aaron
No, there are no restrictions. Regarding this question, and having grown up in a racially diverse area I have often had this thought. God works to His own timetable and will not be pressured by man's struggles. The scripture "the sins of the fathers shall be visited upon heads of their children to the third and fourth generation" has popped into my mind often over this question. The highly heated environment that lead to the Civil War and immediate aftermath and the traditions of those on all sides, including false traditions take time to overcome. Perhaps the words "The false traditions of the fathers, or weaknesses of the fathers" could also be substitued in this verse. My focus here is on the term "third and fourth generation." From the end of the Civil War until the Civil Rights movement 100 years later equate to the "third and fourth" generations. My point is that the Lord knew that his children on both sides needed time to overcome the effects of mistrust and false traditions. The heated contentions of the Civil Rights movements and resulting polarization needed a few more years to subside and trust begin to be renewed. The atmosphere in the early to mid-1970s saw much improvement and mutual acceptance. The members of the Church also had to overcome their misconceptions in order for the church to grow and the priesthood question be resolved. The church is greatly blessed to have people of all races and backgrounds involved in the work and unity is strong. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Aaron
The First Vision was the appearance to the boy Joseph Smith in answer to his earnest prayer. It was the reintroduction of the true knowledge of God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ to mankind after nearly two millenia. After the death, resurrection, of Christ, and subsequent pursecution and death of his Apostles, the knowledge, authority, and revelations that guided the original church of Christ ceased. The creeds (such as the Nicene Creed) through political wrangling and compromise had lost the knowledge of the true nature of God and His Son, their physical reality as resurrected beings of form and substance. Scriptural doctrines were lost, changed, or merged w/ other traditions. The church Christ established ceased. The First Vision restored missing knowledge of the resurrection. That this didn't happen thru official established Christendom was because the creeds had muddied the theological waters about who and what God was. The contentions between the different denominations and their leaders caused the Spirit of the Lord to be driven away. This condition was present and those who were fixed and immovable in their false tradition were not open to new realities being restored. The Lord preferred to choose a worthy, earnest, but as yet, untrained farmboy, who had been trained by God fearing parents to trust God, read the Bible, and pray. Confused by the religious strife, having exhausted the ministers about the matter, he endeavored to ask for divine guidance. Show more Show less