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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm a lawyer -- please don't hold it against me :) I like to sing duets with my wife. We have 3 little boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Idaho. Now I'm a lawyer in large city far from home. My wife and I have three little boys. Our boys love to learn about animals. Their current favorites are sharks, lions, horses, and dogs. I like music and especially enjoy singing. I have a weakness for dark chocolate and I like fast cars (though I don't own one -- at least not yet).

Why I am a Mormon

I am grateful to have been raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As part of growing up, however, there were decision points at which I had to choose whether I would follow the gospel of Jesus Christ just because my parents and other family members thought I should, or if my commitment to following Him was based on my own relationship with the Savior. I have chosen to give my best efforts to living the gospel of Jesus Christ because I know -- for myself -- that He lives, that God lives, and that They know me and love me. When I do my best to follow Christ's example, I am happier and feel more confident to face the ups and downs of daily life.

How I live my faith

I enjoy the unity and fellowship I feel with other members of the church. I wasn't always an eager churchgoer as a kid (just ask my young boys who sometimes would rather play outside, watch a cartoon, or play on the iPod than go to church), but now Sunday is unquestionably my favorite day of the week. I look forward to attending church on Sundays to learn more about the Savior, enjoy frienship and fellowship with others in our congregation, and spend spiritual time with my family. But I try to live my faith every day of the week, not just on Sundays. I pray and read the scriptures daily. I'm grateful for opportunities to serve others. Our congregation has teamed with local organizations, such as a pantry for the homeless and a women's shelter for victims of domestic violence, to engage in regular community service projects.

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

Aaron
We believe in the Bible. We also believe in the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon takes its name from an ancient prophet, Mormon. Mormon was instrumental in compiling and abridging the records that make up what is now known as the Book of Mormon. Due to our belief in the Book of Mormon, members of the church are often referred to as Mormons. While we do not take offense at the nickname of Mormon, the official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, not "The Mormon Church." The Church's official name is important because it clarifies our belief in Jesus Christ. The name also reveals our understanding that Jesus established a church -- organized religion -- during His mortal life. The term "saints" refers to members of Christ's church who try to follow His gospel. Thus, one might say that during Christ's ministry, He established "The Church of Jesus Christ of Ancient-day Saints," and that same church exists today as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less