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Hi I'm Aaron

I grew up in the U.S.. I am a musician, a friend, a brother, and a son. I am a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to share feelings and emotion through music. It is one of my many talents and a way for me to express myself. I was involved in band by playing the saxophone in jazz band, marching band, and symphonic band. I also love to play the piano and enjoy writing my own music. I love to perform and see the way music impacts other people because it truly is an art that comes from the soul. I am a leader. I was a Drum Major in the marching band and I know the responsibilities and duties of being a leader. I know how to be a friend and I care for those around me. I am a student. I work and study hard to keep good grades among band and the sports I am involved in. I am a track athlete. I participated in High Jump and Pole Vault. I am a big brother and try to be a good example. I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this gospel is a gospel of hope and good news. We teach that all man, male and female, young and old can all receive renewed life through our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ. It does not matter where you came from or what your past involves, with a change of heart, our Savior can lift us up and bring us closer to our Heavenly Father. Lives change through the gospel. The Book of Mormon teaches that through our faith and humility, weaknesses can become strengths and burdens can be made light. I love that. There is no greater feeling then to know that if I choose to follow Jesus Christ, he promises me that my trials will serve as a strength and that I will be able to overcome all things. Now that doesn't mean that life is just automatically easy and that I won't have trials, because I have seen many trials and struggles in my life so far. I have had weeks where I felt like I wouldn't make it through. But when I knelt in prayer and put my faith in a Savior who suffered all things and knows me personally, then was I able to receive a strength that I knew I didn't have. I am a Mormon because when you put our teachings to the test, they are real. I have seen them work in my life and in the lives of others and to me that is a testimony that this Church is directed by Jesus Christ, that our prophet receives inspiration from Him and guides us in the way that Christ and our Heavenly Father want us to. In this church there is no doubt where I came from or where I am going or how it is all going to work out because I know. The spirit has confirmed to me the truthfulness of this gospel and as I choose to live it I can see that it is true. It gives me hope and helps me become a better person. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I share my faith by participating in wholesome activities. I recently participated in a Dance Festival where the youth prepared for months to perform all kinds of different dances. I am in a light up dance group with three of my other friends where we also participated in the dance festival. By dancing we shared our testimony that as mormons we also participate in fun activities that can be enlightening. Our influence reaches far beyond our congregation. We share our testimony by being examples and by inviting others to participate in activities that uplift. I work with youth my age to plan activities that can teach us more about our Heavenly Father's love but that are also fun and enjoyable. I am active in providing service for the community. I try to live according to the words of Christ which say "when you are in the service of your fellow man, you are in the service of your God." Service is my way of showing gratitude for what I have, but also a way for me to teach about what the Church is about. Many of the things we do in the church are for other people. We invite and teach. We serve so that other may realize the love that our Heavenly Father has for us. I love to serve for that reason. It brings joy to those you serve as well as give yourself a sense of good and humility. The biggest way I participate in the community is to serve as an example, to show that our standards and rules are not restricting, but they uplift and teach us more about our Heavenly Father, and hopefully through my example and the way I lead my life, others can see that as well.