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Hi I'm Aaron

I am a husband, father and grandfather. I am an electrical contractor. I am a Scouter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband to a wife who is the perfect companion for me. We have five children and almost fifteen grandchildren. I work in construction and very much enjoy the creative aspects of building something of importance that has the potential of enduring for a period of time. My parents instilled in me the importance of hard work and honesty. I enjoy working with the Boy Scouts of America. The principles of character and of leadership that are taught by the Scouting movement are the same principles I believe in. My father is an Eagle Scout. I and my five brothers are Eagle Scouts. My sons are Eagle Scouts. My sisters and daughters married Eagle Scouts. I look forward to the time my grandsons achieve the goal of being Eagle Scouts, and more important acquiring the skills of leadership and values of character that are obtained by qualifying for the award. I also very much enjoy reading. My interests include history, world events, literature and church instruction and doctrine, as well as the Scriptures. My main hobby is family history or genealogy. To seek out the stories of my ancestors is to read of history that is real and personal. These stories tell me of world events in their lives. Some have left reports in their own words, which is literature. To search for and find an ancestor of which one knew nothing before is as interesting and exciting an experience as I think one could have.

Why I am a Mormon

Every thinking person must eventually confront his or her mortality. Each of us must consider who we are and what is the relationship that exists between us and eternity. The fact that things exist in nature that are beautiful, the fact of the existence of music, the demonstrations of order that exist in the face of continual destruction, and that the feeling called love exists in me, cause me to believe that there is someone in control of life. The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints persuade me to believe that this control is God. I am taught that God is my father. I am taught that He loves me and that He has a plan for my happiness in eternity. It is a coherent plan with conditions and expectations, a plan that I can understand and follow. It is a plan that takes into consideration the unfairness and limitations that exist in a world managed by selfishness. It is a plan that rewards obedience and is filled with love. The best part of the conditions put in place by my loving Father in Heaven is that I can and will know for myself that this plan is His and is true. If I do what He asks me to do, I can know that I am on His path and can achieve the happiness He wants for me. I am not nor will I ever be in this life a perfect person, but I have obeyed enough, and I have asked Him enough questions, that I know it is all true. This knowledge of truthfulness gives me the greatest peace I can imagine. Knowing God exists and that He knows and loves me, and knowing what He wants me to do and showing me where to go to do those things are all I need to be content. Finally, knowing that His eternal plan of happiness is based on the family is the final piece. God Himself has given me a wife and children and grandchildren. To take them away at death would be the ultimate cruelty. But He does not take them away, He gives them to me forever. This is truth. This is why I am a Mormon. My joy and peace are complete.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings and assignments during my life as a Mormon. I served a two year mission in Italy. It gave me an appreciation of another people and culture. I also learned that the Gospel of Jesus Christ unites people that are different and makes them all equal brothers and sisters. I have worked with adults and youth, but much of my experience is with youth. I worked in Scouting as a scoutmaster. I have managed youth outings and sports. I helped with girls camps for many years. My present assignment is still with young men. I work with those who are 14 and 15 years old. We work on scouting (called Varsity Scouting), with all the outdoor experiences connected with it. We also work with them in sporting events, including team sports and individual competitions. Perhaps my favorite part is to teach them on Sunday during their class. They are good young men and to help them come to an understanding of God's plan for them, and what God expects of them is very rewarding. I am also what we call a "home teacher". I am responsible to look after two families, to visit them regularly, and to be a resource for them as needed. Personally, I try to live up to what I believe. I try as well as I can to be like Jesus Christ has asked all His followers to be. I try to be honest and kind. I try to help those who need help. I try to speak kindly to and about others.