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Hi I'm Aaron Porter

I'm a Desert farm boy, I love hunting and horses, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I have lived in Delta all my life and graduated from Delta High School in 2012, then I attended a fall semester at Southern Utah University. I have worked for my dad for all my life and usually operate equipment in the warmer months and help fix vehicles in the winter. I love drawing, welding, hunting, exercising and visiting with friends and everything that goes along with those. I love country music and Alan Jackson is probably my favorite artist.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that what my church teaches is true. Just because I grew up in it, doesn't mean I have taken other's word on the truth. There came a time when I was up against a wall of faith and had to know for myself. I have searched and in answer to my prayers the Holy Ghost has helped me gain a testimony of that truth. I know we are children of God. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet and that he saw Jesus Christ and God and that through the power of God he translated the Book of Mormon and received inspiration from our Heavenly Father. I know the Book of Mormon and Bible are true and that they stand as testaments that Jesus is our Savior and that he suffered, died, and was resurrected for us and that we may one day live with him and our Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

I have gone to church with my family my entire life and I am currently serving a mission for my church in Vancouver, Washington. I attended seminary classes in High School and an institute class when I went to college, and I have read the Book of Mormon many times with my family and I am now re-reading it for the fifth time on my own, as well as the New Testament. I read my scriptures and pray nearly every day, and when I miss it my day doesn't seem to go so well. I pay ten percent of the money I make to my church as tithing, and although it makes absolutely no sense, I can testify that I always receive more blessing than the money was worth, whether the blessing was money or something else.

Are Mormons Christians?

Aaron Porter
Are Mormans Christian? Absolutely! Christ, the only begotten of the Father, the Savior and Redeemer of the world, is the center of all we teach and hold dear. Whether directly or indirectly, all that we teach, practice, and share leads back to him and the sacrifice he made for us, and how we can use it to the fullest in our lives. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Aaron Porter
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not endorse political parties, candidates, or causes. We as members are encouraged to learn about issues, to vote and otherwise be involved in the political process for the betterment of our societies. We are not told how to vote, only that it is a good idea to be part of it ourselves. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Aaron Porter
I can proudly say that there are not any restrictions as to race, color, or nationality for those who may become members of our church. We welcome all with open arms, and all we ask is that people listen to what we have to offer, and find out for themselves if it is truly is what we claim it to be: Christ's own church, restored once again on the earth. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Aaron Porter
The priesthood is authority given by Our Heavenly Father to act in his name for the salvation of his children. It is the power Moses confered to Aaron and his sons and the power Christ gave to his apostles. It is the authority need to perform baptism, confering the gift of the Holy Ghost, as well as other ordinances. It is also necessary for leading Christ's church, and blessing the sick and afflicted by the laying on of hands. All worthy males in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints may hold this authority. God expects all who hold this holy priesthood to keep themselves worthy of such and to serve with love and humility, as Christ did. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Aaron Porter
Families are important, otherwise, why would God put us into families at our birth? The family is the best place to grow, and learn about love, trust, kindness, and strength. We believe that family ties can endure beyond the grave. We know through modern revelation that families can be eternal, and that the family unit is ordained by God himself. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Aaron Porter
We cannot be saved on our own, and that it is only through the grace of God we can do so. We must rely on him in everything, and show our faith and devotion to him by keeping his commandments and repenting of our sins. Grace comes into effect on the condition of our repentance, as we do all we can to become more like Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Aaron Porter
We believe Jesus Christ is the very literal, Son of God. He delivered us from death and sin. He was perfect, taught His Father's gospel by word and example, as well as performing the most important event in history. His sacrifice, which we refer to as the Atonement, encompasses His suffering for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane. This was something only He, being perfect, could do and was done out of love for us and Heavenly Father. It was so terrible that he bled from every pore. Then He was crucified, dying on the cross for us again. In his painful last minutes He pleaded to The Father on behalf of the men who put Him there, to "forgive them, they know not what they do." Three days after his death, He was rose from the tomb, now resurrected. He broke the bonds of death so that someday we may be resurrected as well. It is through Him we are saved on conditions He has given us, that we have faith in Him, and to turn that faith to repentance, then be baptized by someone who holds the priesthood authority of God, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by that same authority, and then to abide with him, or endure to the end. He loves us very much and His arms are always open to us, we need merely reach. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Aaron Porter
In ephesians 2:19-20 it tells us that Christ's church is built on the foundation of apostles and prophets. This was written by Paul, who himself was an Apostle chosen after Christ ascended into heaven. We have 12 Apostles because that is how Christ has organized his church, in modern times as well as in his own life. Apostles have many functions and duties, which can be found in ephesians as well, all of which we still need today. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Aaron Porter
Proxy baptisms, or baptisms for the dead, are performed for this reason: Christ said that "except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Baptism is required in order to return to the Father. So what about those who never had the opportunity to be baptized, or were baptized without the necessary priesthood authority? In His infinite love and mercy, God has prepared a way. Baptism is performed by proxy for these people in the temples. The deceased for whom it is done then have the opportunity to accept or decline what has been done on their behalf. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Aaron Porter
Missionaries from the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints share a message about Christ, about His love for us, the knowledge that He has not forsaken us, that He continues to talk to mankind through prophets, and that there is a way to be forgiven of our sins and God's plan for each of us. It is a message of hope, peace, love, and joy. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Aaron Porter
In my personal experience, Mormonism is referred to as a cult by people out of ignorance. Many people hear we have a prophet, or that we have more scripture than just the Holy Bible, or our beleif in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as individual members of the Godhead and they misunderstand them or because of many false prophets and teachings in the past, jump to the conclusion that we are a cult, that we blindly follow a man who claims to be a prophet and a multitude of other things. However, I have yet to meet someone who, upon personally researching our doctrine and practices, continues to refer to Mormons as a cult. Each of us is entitled to our opinion, we just ask that people learn what we have to offer before making a judgement about it. Show more Show less