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Hi I'm Aaron

I am a United States Marine, two-time Forensic All-American, Poet, Baseball Player, Doctoral Candidate,-- I am a Mormon

About Me

My current and future academic plans revolve around the kind of interdisciplinary intellectual inquiry that my doctoral program at Emory University had not only bade available to me, but also holds me accountable for. I am among of the newest Masters of the Arts minted at the University of Wyoming. I was overjoyed to leave the quiet, tedious, windy, and all-too-often inhumanely cold encampment of Laramie Wyoming. My master’s thesis focused on my two primary interests: Modernist Poetry, and Existentialist Philosophy. I attempted to explore T.S. Eliot’s masterpiece, The Waste Land. By articulating my own theory of how the human brain processes traumatic experience on a cognitive, neurobiological level, I postulated how the Danish Theologian—and Existentialist Philosopher—Søren Kierkegaard’s examination of man as a diametrically opposed whirlwind that only coheres because of the fact that both extremes of man’s opposing nature necessarily exist in relation to a third being: Heavenly Father. The Godhead who lives and is our genesis The origin of both binary facets of human nature: the ephemeral/spirituality of man as well as the concrete/temporality that provides the horizon of human experience. Based on several earth-shattering innovations in the field of cognitive neuroscience and “trauma theory”, I explored how T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land theorizes the structure of trauma itself.

Why I am a Mormon

Faith is a based on a paradox, it is an absurd movement to trust that which we must acknowledge 1: our finite minds cannot comprehend fully, 2: our finite natures cannot fully experience, 3: our rational mental faculties cannot verify as consistent with reality in terms we can comprehend. This faith is absolute and unwavering because it takes the form of an absurd leap in which one is placing herself in a relationship that cannot be bound by trust while trusting that through the relationship they will access an infinite nature which their finite nature conceptually cannot fathom. faith as itself incommunicable is, This statement is not to say one cannot adequately give testimony or state in as best as human words and understanding allow, describe the reasons for their faith and how that is implemented into and has a effect in their life. What this actually means to us is that one cannot be coerced, convinced, forced, or in any manner manipulated into having faith. Another’s words can perhaps persuade, yet--when it comes down to it--others' reasons for belief can NEVER be identical to yours! This is so because their faith can NEVER be the same as yours, it can never be communicated, codified, manifested in another human being. However, what I call “faith Effects” (noticeable experiential effects of other’s faith) act as a stepping stone and a reassurance, though not a guarantee, that faith. These faith effects are different in each of our lives—they can be called miracles or even take the form of promptings by the spirit. Thus, in each of our lives the prerequisite for faith effects is faith itself, putting ones self in the position to receive such blessings but living in accordance with divine will by following in the path laid out by the word of wisdom. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have a testimony of how I live my faith which may seem odd given the promise of eternal life in the presence of the Heavenly Father opened to us by Christ’s atonement and fully revealed by the prophet Joseph Smith with the restoration of the Gospel and the end of the Great Apostasy. My testimony is that I live my faith bound by finitude and assaulted by temporal uncertainties. I acknowledge the limitations of my humanity and my mortal shell and recognize that while I can believe in Heavenly Father, his Love and trust in the promises of The Atonement of His Son Jesus Christ, I do NOT know this to be true. No one can for to claim such would be to do so ex nihilo. However, in this case it merely and precisely refers to our mental faculties to and their human limitations. Simply put, our finite minds exist in a temporal space and in relation to temporal constraints. We perceive in 3 dimensions, experience time as a motion through space in comparison to ourselves and our consistent presence, self-knowledge, and agency, which binds us to our existence and provides awareness of our perceptions. Thus the finite, cannot be rationally placed in a rational relation which attempts to comprehend or acknowledge the infinite, absolute, and incommensurable nature of God. The infinite is specifically that which is outside the comprehension of all that is finite, it defies definition, cannot be conceptualized rationally, logically, or scientifically, and cannot be expressed nor described by our symbolic linguistic constructs. This is what makes the act of agency to reach out towards the Absolute so difficult and for those who have the strength of character, those around you and I and those who have come before us capable of, through the miraculous mystery of The Atonement, achieving the promise of life after death in the company of those who have also held fast to the rod of iron.