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Hi I'm Aaron Cornelius

I'm a native of New England, I live in Vermont, I teach high school Social Studies, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a native son of New England, born in Connecticut and raised in Vermont. My ancestors came over on the mayflower and helped build this country. I'm extremely proud of my heritage and the land I come from. After high school I served as a Mormon missionary in northeastern Brazil for two years, a difficult but rewarding experience. Upon returning home I met my lovely wife, with whom I now have four beautiful children. We live in a small home in rural Craftsbury, one of the most serene and bucolic places on earth! After getting married I completed my college education, and got a job teaching at Craftsbury Academy, a tiny public high school on the edge of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. I teach social studies, but as a one man department I teach a wide variety of classes! Teaching in a small school is challenging but rewarding. I'm also a Freemason. I'm a member of the Meridian Sun Lodge in Craftsbury Vermont, and of the Valley of Central Vermont (Scottish Rite) in Barre Vermont. In other areas, I grow large garden in the green months and raise chickens year round. I spend a great deal of free time working on remodeling and improving the country home we live in. I also enjoy Monopoly, Risk, and Minecraft. I stay very busy, but my faith dominates. When all is said and done, whatever else I may be, I am a Mormon. I live it and I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I had the good fortune of being born into a Mormon home, but I choose to be a Mormon every day. I love the Mormon lifestyle! My home is so peaceful, and many vices which harm or destroy families are absent from my home because my wife and I work hard to live the tenets of our faith. It is also wonderful to belong to a strong congregation, where we have many friends and contacts. But even if my home life were lacking and I had no friends at church I would still love being a Mormon. I know God lives, and I believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, the only way that mankind may be saved. I believe that God has restored his church and his authority in these modern times, to build on the great good that exists in the world. I believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the medicine that can cure most of the problems we encounter in society and in our own lives. I believe the Lord has given us prophets who have his priesthood authority to help us find and understand these Gospel truths, and bring peace not just in our own hearts but in the world as well. I believe that this church is true, that it truly is the Church of Jesus Christ. This knowledge gives me peace and joy even in the hardest of times. This more than anything else is why I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have worked hard to live my faith. As a teenager I focused on living the Gospel. While my peers were partying I was working to save money so that I could pay to serve a mission! As an adult I continue to live my faith. One of the things that startle people most is my conviction to avoid alcohol and tobacco, a tenet of the Mormon faith known as the "Word of Wisdom." I also choose to help support my church by paying tithing and serving as needed in volunteer positions in my congregation. Church attendance is a priority for me, and I rarely miss a Sunday. Most Mormons serve in various assignments at church at the request of local leaders. I have spent years teaching in church, including adult Sunday School, in the children's program (which we call the "Primary"), and now in the men's organization (which we call "Priesthood"). Sometimes we also attend church in the middle of the week for special events. To someone who is not religious being a Mormon might seem like an extraordinary commitment! So many sacrifices! So much time and energy! It is true that it is a major commitment, but that's only part of the story. Being a Mormon is an immensely rewarding experience. I love being a Mormon!