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Hi I'm Cameron

I live in Edmonton, Alberta. I'm a father, a husband, am an adjudicator for an insurance company, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have three children that keep me busy on top of work. Family is the most important thing to me, and the relationship with my family is always top of mind for me. For hobbies I enjoy bowling, hiking, Geocaching and collecting Lego. That last one always raises eyebrows, but it is something that I can include my children in, and really, the collection is impressive. I like new technology and seeing how it can make my life a little bit better. I'm an odd mix in my opinions, sometimes very passionate and sometimes very laid back. Usually the passionate side wins out. I try to keep an open mind though. Life always presents something new and I want to be ready for it. All in all, I'm a pretty normal guy. Except for that Lego thing.

Why I am a Mormon

My grandparents converted to the Mormon faith when they were a young couple. My father converted in his early 20's. I have always been a Mormon. Having said that, I am not a blind follower of this faith. I choose to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ every day. It gives me hope in the low times, reminds me of the blessings I have, but more than anything it gives me direction. Life is more than arising, working, chasing after some fleeting moment of pleasure, falling into bed and then repeating it all the next day. Life is about being truly happy, and the gospel of Christ offers that. It takes work. It takes time. It is not easy, but building a life that matters, one that is worth living, is worth the effort. Nothing in this world that is truly beautiful and meaningful was achieved without sacrifice and hard work. In the end, I choose to be a Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ is my Saviour. I love Him and know that all that He has asked of me is for my benefit.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily thing for me. I pray and study the scriptures with my family daily. Within the church we rotate through responsibilities, and I have done many, from overseeing the 18 month olds so their parents can enjoy Sunday School to teaching children and teens to helping lead the men's group. In the end it is not the specific job I have done, it is the service I have rendered to others that is what matters to me. Jesus Christ taught that "...he that is greatest among you shall be your servant." I don't claim to be that great, but I can emulate He that is greatest by serving others. In the community I help with Junior Achievement, a series of classes designed to help students of all ages learn to deal with finances, learn life skills and run a business. I believe that helping these students understand the value of education and work is what Christ wants, because this education helps lift people out of poverty and gives them a better chance at living a fulfilling life. Religion is not just about abstract 'spiritual' things, it is also about how to live life after the manner of happiness.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Cameron
No. He was a man like you or I. He lived a life that allowed him to do great things. He submitted himself to God's will and played an instrumental part in God's plan to help mankind return to God. For that he deserves our gratitude and respect, but we do not worship him. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Cameron
This is not easy to understand, even for some Mormons. It is not unheard of in the Bible, and was done to fulfil a command from God. In those times it was done to allow for the continuation and spread of the Gospel. In the early days of the church, it was no different. This was a temporary measure, always regulated by the church leaders and when it was no longer necessary the command was given to cease the practice. The revelation to cease was given in response to the sincere desire of the church leaders of the time to know the Lord's will on this matter. There were persecutions at that time that people could point to as the reason for the discontinuation of the practice, but the practice of plural marriage was discontinued when God's purposes were fulfilled. Show more Show less