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Hi I'm Aaron

I lived mostly in Indiana & worked with computers for over 30 years. I am a husband, father and grandfather and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a techno-geek. I love science fiction, computers, physics, astronomy, and all that. I also love nature, animals (especially dogs and wolves), hiking and camping. I have two grown sons and my wonderful wife has two sons and a daughter. Between them all we have 11 outstanding grandchildren. I love my family and love spending time with them. It's especially hard because they all live far away and I don't get to see them much anymore.

Why I am a Mormon

I have found the answers to so many questions that I've had all my life in this church. I have learned that science and religion do work hand in hand. I love the emphasis that the gospel places on family, our relationships to one another, even our relationship to nature. It has truly made me appreciate not only my Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ, but also to appreciate Their love for me. I know that this church is true, that Christ lives and I know of the sacrifice that He has made for me because He loves me. He wants me and my family to return with Him to God and He has made that possible.

How I live my faith

The best way to live my faith is through example and service -- just as our Savior taught us. I help out by assisting others in whatever way I can. I also visit homes with the missionaries to help them teach about the church and to express how I have grown because of the Gospel. Humble service in whatever capacity we can perform is the true love of Christ.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Aaron
The word "cult" is typically given to any religion that is considered to be different. After all, Jesus was considered a cult leader by the Jewish leadership during his ministry. When he first started, Martin Luther was considered to be a cult leader and the Protestant churches were considered to be cults until they became mainstream. Because of misunderstandings, many consider Mormons to be cults in part because they focus on the nickname of Mormon instead of realizing that the true name is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jesus Christ is the foundation of the church and the only Savior and Redeemer of the world. It is only by and through Him that we can return to our Father in Heaven. Once you look past inaccurate bad press you'll see that this is not a cult but a Christian church focused on living the principles of His Gospel and serving others in a Christ-like manner and living our lives as He would have us live. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Aaron
This is a question that I hear sometimes and it really puzzles me that people would believe this. Joseph Smith Jr. was a prophet of God whom we admire, respect, and even revere in the same manner as all of the other prophets of God for his dedication, steadfast faith, and hard work that have made the church and Gospel of Jesus Christ possible in our lives today. However, we do not worship him as that is reserved for our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith performed many great and wonderful works in his service to our Savior, but it is only through the atonement of Jesus Christ that we will once again return to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Aaron
Absolutely! The Bible is a collection of writings by prophets of God which detail the history of His people, the doctrines He taught through the prophets and the testimonies of those prophets. Through the Bible we learn of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Similarly, the Book of Mormon is a collection of writings by other prophets called of God for the very same purpose -- to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Together, the Bible and Book of Mormon give a fuller, more complete description of the Gospel. Each supports and fulfills the other by providing two witnesses. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Aaron
The official name is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" and has been since 1838. This is because this church belongs to Jesus Christ and is therefore named after Him. When He walked the earth in the former days, He called His followers "saints." Today, we are His followers as Latter-day Saints (hence the common abbreviation "LDS"). Because stating the full name can often become a mouthful, many simply refer to us as "Mormons" due to our usage of the Book of Mormon as a companion scripture to the Holy Bible. Those who misunderstand the church or do not know the full name often use the term "Mormonism" to refer to the church and its teachings. While occasionally used in a derisive manner, the term "Mormon" has been completely embraced by the church such as mormon.org. Show more Show less