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Hi I'm Aaron D'Orlando

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on the East Coast, went to college in Utah, and live in Oregon. I am a husband and a father. Those who know me know that I can be very passionate about what I do. When I worked at a supermarket while in high school people told me I should not push so many carts when on carriage duty. When I was a bagger I took it very seriously. I won the "best bagger" award twice. Sometimes it took 2-3 baggers to keep up with me when I was a cashier. When I mopped the floor I did it with a mop in both hands so I could do it twice as fast. When I served a mission some people told me to pace myself or I would burn out. When I took heavy loads in college so I could get through my undergraduate degree quickly some people in the program with me told me I was insane. I put my all into work. Sometimes I get so into what I am working on that the night comes and goes and I realize I just stayed up all day and all night working. One of my favorite things to do is sailing. One windy day when I went out I was going so fast the Sunfish I was sailing hit a wave and went airborne. One day when water skiing my brothers and we got a 27+ foot power boat fully airborne. We could water ski in 3 foot waves. I could go on, but you get the point. I tend to be passionate about what I do, or not do it. But there is one thing above all that I am the most passionate about. And that is my testimony of Jesus Christ. Through and only through him can we repent and become worthy to return to our Father in Heaven.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As they tried to follow the example of Jesus Christ in their lives they were richly blessed and I saw that as I was growing up. I remember as a child experiencing the power of prayer as I saw my simple prayers answered. Before serving a mission for the church I wanted to really know for myself if all that I been taught was true. I prayed to my Father in Heaven and asked him if he had called Joseph Smith to be a prophet, to translate the Book of Mormon, and to restore the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth. I felt a great peace come over me. I had an overwhelming feeling that it was so. The Holy Ghost confirmed to me that these things were true. In the years since then I have had many experiences that have cemented in my mind the following things: that there is a God, we are his children, he loves us more than we can understand, Jesus Christ suffered for our sins that we might not have to if we would repent and come unto him, and God calls prophets today just as he did anciently. I know that the mantle of authority rests with the prophet of this church. Jesus Christ stands at the head of this church. He speaks in our day and in our time to all who will listen through the prophets and apostles he has called to serve him just as he has done since the days of Adam. I have personally witnessed miracles transpire before my eyes. I know that God lives and that he hears and answers our prayers.

How I live my faith

I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ. When I am unsure what to do, I try to remember to ask myself "what would Jesus do" and then do that. I try to help and to serve others when possible. It is amazing how by helping others you also help yourself... to draw closer to God, to feel more love and compassion, to feel more at peace. Every six months the prophet and 12 apostles speak in what is called "General Conference". A local church leader counseled us to listen to one of these "talks" every day. I have found that when I do this it helps me feel the spirit more. We have also been counseled by modern day prophets to read the scriptures daily. I spend about 45-60 minutes a day in the car. I used to listen to music or talk radio or just drive to work in silence. Then one day I got the idea of listening to scriptures on CD In the car. By doing this I can get through the Book of Mormon, The Bible (Old Testament & New Testament), The Doctrine & Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price every 1-2 years. I used to not enjoy commuting. Now that is one of my favorite parts of the day. We try to pray together as a family every night before we go to bed. We strive to follow the counsel of modern day prophets by not smoking, not drinking alcohol, not swearing, etc. In the Old Testament it says "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it". Paying tithing is a privilege I am grateful for. When I read this and ponder its significance, I wonder why anyone would consciously chose to not pay tithing. My wife and I were sealed for all time and eternity in the Salt Lake City temple so we can be together forever as a family. We try to go to the temple as often as we can. It is a special place. A place of great peace and comfort. It is the house of the Lord.