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Hi I'm Aaron

I grew up in Utah. I'm a biologist, and a computer programmer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was younger, I used to love school. I still enjoy it some days, but now that I'm in college, it can get a little more stressful. I'm starting a master's degree this fall in genetics, and I guess I'm pretty excited about it. Hopefully I won't have to stay up late too many nights finishing my homework. When I'm not doing class work, I enjoy several sports, like running, swimming, Frisbee and soccer. I'm not particularly good at any of them, but I have fun playing with my friends. I also really enjoy talking to people. Everyone has a story, and I love hearing what is important to people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of Mormons. Ever since I was young, I remember attending church as a family and talking about Jesus Christ in my home. I feel fortunate that I have people I care about who share my convictions, and with whom I can discuss them. Even still, it hasn't always been easy to be a Mormon. There are parts of it that are difficult for me. For example, reaching out to total strangers to ask how they are doing, and try to strengthen their faith in Christ, is hard because I'm shy. Being kind, and maintaining Christ-like love for everyone, even people who are mean to me, is difficult. Refraining from some of the recreational activities that are common, like drinking, gambling, and attending sporting events on Sunday, can be a challenge, especially when my friends are doing those things. However, for me, it is all worth it. Believing in a God who cares about me gives meaning and purpose to my life. God cares about me so much that He even pays attention to what choices I make each day, and tells me what things will be good for me, and what to avoid. Believing in God makes me feel like the hard part of life, which everyone faces, are worth it. The stress, the boredom, the pain, the confusion and the questions that come with living in a world where bad things happen to good people, are all easier to bear because I believe in a God who has a plan, and who cares about every single person in the world.

How I live my faith

I really wanted to be a teacher in the church, because I enjoy studying, answering questions, and leading discussions. So far, though, I haven't been. That's okay. Instead, I live my faith by reaching out to people individually. Sometimes it's hard for me to meet new people, because I'm fairly shy, but it's always rewarding to meet with a stranger, ask about how classes, work, and family are doing, share something I love about life, and then leave as friends. Another important way I live my faith is by reading the scriptures (the canonical holy books) of my religion. They are full of excellent stories and sermons from people who lived a long time ago, or not so long ago, that uplift and teach me. I learn from their experiences with God, and I feel like it helps me live a better life. It makes me more conscientious, and helps me understand the needs of others. Reading the scriptures also helps me feel the influence of God in my day to day life, and understand His purposes for me.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Aaron
Sadly, there is a lot in this world that is distracting. With commercials, billboards, and website banners, all the flashing lights and loud sounds can distract us from what life is really about. The temple is a place that is set apart from the noise of the world. Members of the church go there to feel close to God, free from any such distractions. While they are there, they enhance their relationship with God by learning sacred truths about His purposes for us, and what He is like. They also make promises to behave in such a way that they stick more closely by His side. After a trip to the temple, members of the church feel more confident in their faith in God. They have greater strength to face the distractions and temptations present in the world without ignoring, forgetting, or abandoning their relationship with Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Aaron
It is true that not everyone is allowed into Mormon temples. There are a couple reasons why that is the case. In the temple, members of the church learn important things about God and His plan for us. In doing so, they accept obligations to live a certain way, in harmony with the important things they learned. Not everyone is willing or ready to accept those obligations, and so to be fair to them, they are not allowed to enter the temples. Even among members of the church some people are temporarily not allowed in the temple. Temples are meant to be separated from distractions in the world, so that people inside can feel God's more freely. Sometimes, though, we carry distractions with us, especially the knowledge of something we did that we should not have done. Because of these internal distractions, some people cannot enter the temple until after they have resolved whatever it is that is troubling them. Even though not everyone is allowed into the temple, there is nothing that happens inside the temple that members of the church would be ashamed to discuss if they were allowed to do so. The temple is a bright and uplifting place. There is nothing that happens in the temple that is mean-spirited, violent, sexual, or inappropriate. It is secret because it is sacred, not because it is shameful. I promise you that if someday you enter the temple (and I really hope you do), you will only find things that are peaceful, positive, and uplifting. Show more Show less