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Hi I'm Aaron

I am a brother, a Missionary, and a follower of Christ. I love to read, play volleyball, study, and be with family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the third child of four. I was born in New Jersey, but have also lived in Indiana, San Diego, Pennsylvania, and now Upstate New York! I started college full time when I was 16 years old, and certified as a phlebotomist when I was 17. I attend Brigham Young University-Idaho as a human biology major. I have high hopes of attending Medical School to become a doctor, hopefully to specialize in Pediatric Surgery. I love to learn new things and love push myself to be the best I can. However, I have temporarily left all this behind to serve a mission in Seoul, Korea! I am currently residing at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah, to learn the Korean language and to better prepare myself to help the people of Korea.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for one simple reason: I know in my heart that this church is true. Yes, there are many other reason I am a Mormon, but each of those can stem back to this statement. I am a Mormon because I can feel and see the happiness in my life that following Christ can bring. In a world full of constant change, I can find comfort in the fact that God doesn't change. I love knowing that He speaks through a living prophet today, just as He did long ago through Adam, Moses, Noah, and many others. The world is constantly changing, and the need for modern guidance and revelation is ever increasing. I can also find comfort in knowing that I will one day live with Heavenly Father again, and that I will also be able to meet my grandfather there. He passed away before I was born, and I love hearing the special stories about him from my mom. One day, I will be able to meet him. Families can be together forever, and Heavenly Father has shown us how. I know that this church is true. I Know that following Christ is the way to happiness. I know that God has a plan just for me, but also a plan for my family. I know that I will have the opportunity to live in Heaven with my family forever. I know that God lives.

How I live my faith

There is only one person in this world I try to become better than, and that is who I was the day before. Every day I try to become a little more like Christ, and every day because of that I find myself happier. I try and serve others as often as I can, because that is exactly what Christ would do. I am very active in Scouting. I am an Eagle Scout, and find joy in helping the young men of the community with their scouting projects. Service is definitely key in becoming closer to Christ; without it, it is very difficult to feel Christlike love for others. Each time I serve others, I see a whole new perspective on life. I find that I am happier when I serve others, and I love the feeling therein. I am currently serving a Mission for the church, which is basically two years of helping others come closer to Christ and feel his love. I have decided to devote two years of my life, 24/7, to helping people come closer unto Christ because I want to share with I feel with other people. There is a lot of service for others involved, which I find really exciting! During these two years, I will put my education and home life on hold, so that I am able to spend every minute of those two years serving The Lord, and serving others.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Aaron
We have been taught by Christ that baptism is essential to the salvation of all who have lived on earth. Many people have died without being baptized, or were baptized without the proper authority. Because God is merciful, He has prepared a way for everyone to receive the blessings of baptism. By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of those who have died, these blessings can be offered to our deceased ancestors. However, it is up to the individual in the next life to choose whether or not to accept what has been done in their behalf. I find joy in being a proxy for my ancestors, and I can feel really close to them and feel their gratitude for helping them gain the blessings of baptism. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Aaron
We can come to know our Father in Heaven Personally by talking with him through prayer. Prayer is a conversation we have with God, where we pour out the contents of our heart unto him. I say it is a conversation, because Heavenly Father answers our prayers, albeit in his way. Meaning that answers don't always come in the way we expect. We can also come closer to Him and know him for our selves by keeping his commandments. By keeping the commandments he has given us, we can be closer to him and feel his love more and more, which helps us gain a testimony and a knowledge of Him. Another way in which we can come to know Heavenly Father is by reading the testimonies of the prophets, both ancient and modern. By reading scripture, we can feel the love they had for Father in Heaven and gain our own love for Him. I love knowing that my Father in Heaven is there, and knowing without any doubt in my mind that he loves me. I found out through prayer and scripture study, and I continue to feel his love to this day. Show more Show less