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Hi I'm Adam

Northern CA native. Husband and dad. Falo Português‎. I like Emmanuel Lubezki movies and mint chip ice cream. I am "Mormon."

About Me

I am from rural Northern California. I left California to attend college and serve as a missionary in São Paulo, Brazil. I went on a "blind" date with an incredible girl in 2005 and eventually married her in the Salt Lake City Temple. Now we are raising our four children back in California. I love my family and we enjoy boating and cycling together. I also have a law degree and enjoy building professional relationships and helping others. I know that real, lasting happiness - the kind that is felt in the early morning hours when I am honest with myself - is only achieved by obedience to God's laws.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a faithful member of the LDS Church because I have had many experiences with the Holy Ghost testifying to me that the doctrines taught in this religion are correct and true. I have not heard a voice or been visited by an angel - but Paul taught that the "fruit" of the Holy Ghost included love, joy and peace (Galatians 5:22) and those are some of the feelings I have experienced as the Spirit has communicated to me. Being a "Mormon" helps me to progress spiritually and feel closer to God - and while it helps me have a perspective toward what will happen after this life, it doesn't prevent me from being happy in the present. In my experience, obedience to God's commandments allows me great freedom. As I make decisions in-keeping with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am happy now and I know that I having lasting peace down the road. I love how the prophet Isaiah described this peace as being like a river (Isaiah 48:18) because that helps me to visualize and remember the times I have felt the Holy Ghost in my life - and it reinforces my faith in Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I know that faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of His gospel. I have to exercise that faith each day through obedience to His commandments, but sometimes I make mistakes. But when I stop and remember the Savior and that He has died for me, I know that my mistakes are correctable through repentance. In order to express gratitude for Christ's Atonement, my family, and all the other blessings in my life, I pray regularly. Prayer brings me tremendous comfort and helps me to make decisions with an eternal perspective. I also find great joy through service to others and I currently work with the young men in my local church congregation or "ward." This includes teaching lessons on Sundays and meeting with youth during the week to perform service in the community. I learn a lot from the youth and I hope that they are able to learn from my example also.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

This is an issue that I have recently discussed at-length with family and close-friends. I can understand why it is an important question for many as we strive for equity and fairness in society. To provide an admittedly brief answer, I fully agree with this commentary from the Church's April 2014 General Conference: "When a woman—young or old—is set apart to preach the gospel as a full-time missionary, she is given priesthood authority to perform a priesthood function. The same is true when a woman is set apart to function as an officer or teacher in a Church organization under the direction of one who holds the keys of the priesthood. Whoever functions in an office or calling received from one who holds priesthood keys exercises priesthood authority in performing her or his assigned duties. Whoever exercises priesthood authority should forget about their rights and concentrate on their responsibilities. That is a principle needed in society at large. The famous Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is quoted as saying, 'It is time … to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.' Latter-day Saints surely recognize that qualifying for exaltation is not a matter of asserting rights but a matter of fulfilling responsibilities. The Lord has directed that only men will be ordained to offices in the priesthood. But, as various Church leaders have emphasized, men are not “the priesthood.” - Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Show more Show less