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Hi I'm Aaron Bame

I'm a returned missionary, Japanese tour guide, and a full-time juggler of education, church, and service. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Aaron Bame and I recently returned from serving as a missionary in the Japan Tokyo Mission. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and graduated from Bonanza High School. I was born into the church and have attended the LDS church my whole life. After high school, I attended Snow College for 2 semesters majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I have since returned to Snow College and will be graduating soon. I was a member of my high school's swim team and play intramural water polo at Snow. I've played violin since I was 4 and have dabbled in piano and the string bass.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be born into a family that was active in the church. I went to church every week with my family. I participated in class, spoke in church a few times, etc. But, I know that it is possible to go to church every week and not progress at all. As a teenager, I made mistakes. But, I had a church teacher that talked to us about making hard decisions and cited Joshua 24:15 "Choose you this day whom ye will serve." Growing up in Las Vegas, it wouldn't have been very hard for me to go to some parties. My teacher told us to make the hard decisions today. And if we remember that choice we made, the hard decisions won't actually be that hard. This kick-started a lot of self-examination. At that time I had become very sarcastic and rude. I wanted to change. I started praying and reading from the Book of Mormon more. I made the decision to go on a mission when I was about 14. Through prayer and the Book of Mormon, I saw my life slowly change. It wasn't an overnight miracle. I decided I liked being happy more than I liked being angry. So, I persevered. I continued to go to church, to study with my peers, and felt the spirit so much more strongly and often. I'm so thankful that the Lord gives us chances to change because I have had so many incredible experiences since I've become a missionary that I wouldn't have. My gratitude is overflowing. So, I work hard to help my brothers and sisters in Japan come to know and feel the same joy that I have...because it's eternal.

How I live my faith

Well, as a missionary, I had the wonderful opportunity to not only show a good example to all of the wonderful people in Japan, but invite them to join me. I've spent the winter biking through the freezing cold of Tochigi and the summer walking through the humidity of Saitama because I loved the people, I love this church, and because I love my Savior.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Aaron Bame
I wish I could list all of the reasons why I proselyte, but I only get 1500 characters and I have at least that many reasons. We are all children of our Father in Heaven. We lived with him before we were born, and he created a beautiful and perfect plan for us to return to live with him again when our time on this earth has finished. However, included in that plan was agency. In Japanese, it translates to mean the freedom to choose. We all have the choice to walk to path prepared for us and return to the presence of our Father or not. As a member, I have been blessed to know about this plan. I don't know everything, but I know that it's true. And, because we are all family I want nothing more than for my brothers and sisters to know what I know. As missionaries, we not only work to improve the image of the church and correct misunderstandings one person at a time, but to work for the salvation of our family. Show more Show less