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Hi I'm Aaron

I know Armenian, Russian, and English. I love the Dave Matthews Band. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I was born in Colorado and I have lived in Utah for the past three years as I have finished up my bachelor's degree. I will graduate in April with a degree in Russian and I can't wait! I am fascinated by Eastern Europe. I've lived in Armenia for 2 years and Russia for a total of 6 months. I love sports and music. I played basketball throughout high school and I picked up the guitar in an attempt to fulfill my dream of becoming more like Dave Matthews, the main man of my favorite band. I will be moving to Philadelphia this summer to become a chemistry teacher for Teach for America. I believe many of my religious beliefs will help me to make a significant difference in the lives of those I will come into contact with.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember praying at the top of my staircase as a 10 year-old boy that God would save the life of my brother, whom my father was trying to resuscitate in the basement. My brother had overdosed on drugs and things looked terribly bleak. I remember repeating over and over again, "Dear Heavenly Father, please save my brother, please save my brother!" Eventually my brother came to, thank goodness. Maybe God didn't make my brother wake up. Maybe my dad brought him back to life by giving him CPR. I don't know how it happened. But more important than what my eyes saw and what my ears heard that day was the touching truth that I discovered in my heart: God lives. He listens to me. And He made me aware of it by the feelings He communicated to my heart in a terrifying situation. I thank God that I didn't lose my brother that day, but had I lost him, I would still know that God heard my prayer, comforted my wearied soul, and that He would mend my broken heart. As I have further sought to come unto that God who heard my prayer when I was 10, I have traveled along a path lit by truth. I have learned by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is God's word and that the application of the principles found therein will bring any person who lives them closer to God. I have learned that Joseph Smith is a prophet, called and qualified by the power of God. These things have been made known to me by God. Many people may question my convictions. But I cannot deny the spiritual experiences I have had regarding God's existence, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and the reality of Joseph Smith's call to be a prophet. Thus, I choose to stay, to participate, to be changed, to be lifted, and to be filled with the same feelings I first experienced as a 10 year-old boy. Being a member of this Church has pushed me to be better. Nothing has been more difficult nor more trying. But for me, nothing has been more fulfilling nor satisfying.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by helping to coordinate activities for other men in our congregation. Each week I meet with a few other church leaders in our area and we discuss different opportunities to provide meaningful service in the community and also how we can strengthen, uplift, encourage, and inspire other members of our congregation. To fulfill the goals we set in these meetings, I often teach various lessons at church on Sundays about faith and hope, and how to become a better person. The people who attend my class always teach me far more than I could ever teach them, and I find myself leaving each meeting with a greater resolve to be better. Once a month, I visit several members of our congregation. The friendships and experiences I have had in fulfilling this responsibility have richly blessed my life and the lives of others.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Baptism is the first ordinance, or sacred ritual, that we perform in our lives. Through baptism, we promise Heavenly Father that we are willing to take Christ's name upon ourselves, that we will keep His commandments, and always remember Him. Thus, baptism functions as a gateway into a new, more spiritual life. It is a powerful, tangible experience symbolizing an opportunity to start afresh and to be reborn. By taking Christ's name upon ourselves, we promise to stand as witnesses of Him in all things, all times, and all places that we may be in until we die. Baptism is a serious commitment that must be preceded by faith and repentance, or a change of beliefs and behaviors in order to fall into closer harmony with God's beliefs and behaviors. Because baptism is such a serious matter, God has instituted a method by which this ordinance must be carried out: by immersion and by one who hold the priesthood of God. Therefore, one must meet these requirements that God has set for his/her baptism to be of full-effect. Show more Show less