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Hi I'm Aaron

I grew up in Colorado. I'm an amateur historian, linguist, and hiker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just celebrated ten years of marriage to the sweetest woman in the world. Our three boys keep us very busy, and very happy. Our oldest boy made a goal to read the Book of Mormon on his own before he turned nine, and he finished with three months to spare. I studied Middle Eastern history, then went to law school, and then got into law enforcement. I served a full-time mission in Rome, Italy, and I love Italian food, Italian books, and Italian people. I've also studied French, German, Arabic and Farsi, and a little bit of classical Hebrew and Greek, Russian, Turkish and Spanish.

Why I am a Mormon

My family for generations back has been Mormon. I was born and raised in the Church, and taught about the Restored Gospel all my life. But none of that background is good enough, because no one can live on borrowed light. Had I never decided for myself to find out whether God lives, whether He loves me, whether he speaks to His prophets today as he spoke to prophets of old - none of that would have mattered. When I was nineteen, I decided I needed to know for myself, and not simply rely on others, to know whether the Book of Mormon was true. I took Moroni's challenge, set forth in Moroni 10:3-5, in which an ancient prophet invites us to study the book out for ourselves, to ponder its message, and then to pray with faith and real intent. Moroni promises that those who do so are entitled to a revelation from God that the book is true. I add my own promise: I know from my own experience that if you read the book, if you study it and ponder it and pray to God, He will tell you in your heart and in your mind that it is true. He will tell you because He loves you, and because He wants you to be happy, and because He knows that happiness can only come through knowing the truth about Jesus Christ and the atonement. I studied the Book of Mormon carefully for three weeks, praying before and after each time I read. After three weeks, I was in Alma 17, reading about the sons of Mosiah, who had a marvelous conversion and spent the rest of their lives teaching the gospel because of their love of all men. As I prayed afterwards, I asked God why I had not yet received a revelation of my own. The answer came to my mind, almost as audible as spoken words, that the Spirit had been whispering a testimony to my heart all along. I knew that the Book of Mormon is true, because God has told me so, speaking to my heart in a still, small voice, and filling my soul with the fire of the Holy Spirit. It is a joy that I want to share with the whole earth.

How I live my faith

My most important job in life is to teach my children to love Jesus Christ and His magnificent gospel. We study the scriptures together, say family prayers, and have a weekly family night. I love to watch them share their testimonies, pray, and tell stories of Jesus and the prophets. The best way to teach your children about God is to live the way God would have you do. I strive to follow all the commandments, to serve my brothers and sisters, and to share the gospel. By fulfilling my callings in church, they see that it is important to me, and to those around me, that we spend our days in the service of others.