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Hi I'm Adam

I'm an aspiring gourmet chef, easily the world's best uncle, an attorney, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. When I was 19, I served a two year mission for my Church in sunny Southern California, specifically assigned to the Anaheim mission (Disneyland!). Because of my experiences there, that land will forever hold a very special and even sacred place in my heart. After returning home and completing degrees in political science, business and law, I moved to Manhattan, New York to work for the New York Supreme Court. Despite its congested streets, smelly sewers, overly-stressed, busy, and rough-around-the edges, people, I learned to love New York in a way I never thought possible. For some reasons I understand, and many I don't, I felt an impression to move back to Utah after four years in New York. Of all the lessons I've learned in life, none has been more important than learning to listen's to God's voice to direct my life. Through many difficult, but faith-growing experiences, I have learned that God loves me perfectly, and is directing my life in a way that will always bring out the best possible result.

Why I am a Mormon

Life is hard. Sometimes that difficulty reaches a point where I wonder if I'll be able to make it through. I think all of us have that thought from time-to-time. A favorite quote of mine reads "when you look through the lens of the Gospel, you can see forever." I follow the teachings of this Church because they give me a perspective that reaches far beyond this life. Living with that kind of perspective, the view that we are eternal beings who will live forever, provides much needed strength in persevering through day-to-day difficulties. I also follow the teachings of this Church because they help better understand my relationship to other people, and my obligation and privilege to love and serve them as best I can. At its core, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is about building, strengthening, and reconciling relationships. A relationship with God is the most important relationship and from that relationship comes a capacity to truly relate with other people. When I feel close to God, I feel closer to other people. I see them as brothers and sisters with a shared divine heritage, and fellow travelers on a journey that will continue long after we leave this earth. When that kind of perspective really settles into my heart, my desire to love and serve others deepens. And when that happens, I find I'm most happy.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the clerk for my local congregation in downtown Salt Lake. With the assistance of two other clerks, I help maintain all the finances for our congregation. Whenever money is donated to the Church, we ensure that it is properly accounted for and used in ways that are pleasing to God. Some of that money is used to help construct church buildings and temples. Some is used to help our full-time missionaries serving in nearly every country, and to help in a variety of humanitarian causes throughout the world. A great deal of the money used to help those in need in our local area, both those who are members of our congregation, and those who are not. We also ensure that every member that moves in or out of the congregation is known and accounted for. A defining characteristic of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is its focus on accounting for each person who joins the Church. A favorite biblical scripture of mine is Luke 12:7, where Christ tells his followers "even the very hairs of your head are numbered." I believe Christ was teaching us that He knows each of us individually, even better than we know ourselves. As His followers, we do all we can to know each member of our congregation personally. Learning about each member of our congregation in a personal way, and doing I all I can to help them feel loved and welcomed and closer to God is my favorite part of my current responsibility in the Church.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Adam
Because God loves His children, He desires that they all return to live with Him. For that to happen, God has required that each of His children receive certain ordinances. As one example, Jesus Christ taught "except a man be born of the water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Christ was referring to the ordinance of baptism. Many who come to this earth will not receive the necessary ordinances to live with God again. Temples provide a place for these ordinances to take place. In our temples, we perform work for those have died. We believe they have the opportunity to accept that ordinance in the next life. The ordinance is not valid unless they accept it. We do not make that choice for them. But we provide the ordinance should they desire to receive it. Show more Show less