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Hi I'm Aaron

I've lived all over the United States, moving every two years. I'm a self-taught programmer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as an "army brat", my dad having served in the Army for 20 years. I have a strong passion for mathematics and science, namely calculus and physics. I was in JROTC for the entirety of my high school career and was awarded a three-year Army ROTC scholarship, but I have decided to hold off on college for the time being. I taught myself programming, initially coding in javascript, then C#, and finally C++, my preferred language.

Why I am a Mormon

The reasoning behind why I am a Mormon is derived from my experiences with the missionaries and how I've seen my choice impact my life, ultimately my testimony. I began meeting with the missionaries when I was about 14. As they taught me various lessons, I began to start applying the principles which they taught in my life. One of the initial ways I did this was by changing my language, choosing to refrain from using vulgarity with my friends and instead adopting a professional dialect. By doing this I found it easier to standout from my fellow freshman peers in the eyes of the upperclassmen and I accredit my success as a cadet to my decision to change how I talked. It was because of this change that the more senior cadets saw me as a potential leader, leading to me being promoted one rank higher than my peers and being placed in leadership roles like squad leader. Even after I was baptized was I still building my testimony. For instance, I noticed that when I attended seminary and studied the scriptures, I often had good days. Sometimes it was a matter of starting my day off with something to give me good thoughts and to put me in a positive disposition. I found it easier to deal with people even when they frustrated me which was especially beneficial as a cadet officer. It really helped me whenever I was going through difficulties. Beyond that, I also found that prayer served to edify my testimony. Sometimes I would pray that I would essentially have an epiphany if I was struggling with either a concept in math or programming, or sometimes it was something more meaningful such as just knowing how to interact with people in a manner that would serve to help them since I often encountered people who would looked to me for advice. In retrospect I can't seem to find any time where I used prayer as a way to help me get through various trials and still failed; I've always seen success where I've relied on prayer for help. Ultimately, I've seen the Lord bless my life.

How I live my faith

When I held a calling as a member of the Stake Youth Committee, I participated in discussions where we planned future events for the youth of our stake and helped out with facilitating some of the events. Although I must say that what I really enjoyed devoting my time to was going out with the missionaries in my ward, joining in on their lessons with other people and just simply offering my own experiences be it blessings I've observed in my life or my experiences as a convert. Within my community, specifically school, I often found myself serving others in a variety of ways. I essentially was an unofficial IT guy for my teachers, often helping them with their various computer problems. I also helped my peers and fellow cadets by offering to help tutor them, usually in mathematics and science.