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Hi I'm AJ

I am a high school graduate with a deep interest in programming and software development, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spend my free time studying more about programming and putting my knowledge into practice. If I want to take things a bit easier, I will play video games alone or with friends. I also enjoy reading and a bit of writing. I have graduated from high school, and will soon be leaving on a mission. After my mission, I plan to study computer science at BYU. I have studied and enjoy 3D modeling and animation.

Why I am a Mormon

I have quite a few faith-strengthening experiences in my short 18 years in this life. I was born into the gospel, but I wasn't born converted. However, I would be taught gospel principals at church and at home, and I would need to find out for myself of it's truthfulness. "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. (Matthew 7:18)." "So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. (Matthew 7:17)." In order to know of the truthfulness of the church, I needed to know if what I was taught was true. I was taught that God answers prayers. I was taught that we can repent and know that we are forgiven of our sins through the Atonement of Christ. I was taught many principals. How could I know of their truth? First, I had trust in my father who taught me well in these things. I wanted to believe what he was saying was true. Who wouldn't want to believe that there is a Father in Heaven who will answer your prayers and cares about your life and wants to help you? It is a comforting thought, especially in tough times. Next, I practiced the things I was taught. I was taught to pray. I did. I did when I was young, and I can very clearly remember receiving a direct answer to my prayer when I was about 9. Because of the experience I had, my testimony of prayer was built and my faith in the power of prayer increased. Since then I have continued to pray. When I pray for things that are expedient to me, or of things that are of importance to me, I find consistent answers to my prayers. When I don't pray, I don't receive those same things. There is a direct correlation between prayers offered and blessings received. But you don't need to take my word for it. You can find out for yourself if what I say is true. Follow the instructions of the scriptures in John 14:13, 3rd Nephi 18:20, and D&C 88:64, and pray to God, our Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, and see if the promise of an answered prayer is true.

How I live my faith

As a youth, I had served in callings for the LDS church primarily focused around the youth. I have been a leader in the youth group where I would help organize activities for both those around my age, and the entirety of the youth. I also was a family history consultant, with a focus on including the youth, but also helping all those with an interest in family history. I also have been called to teach inmates at the penitentiary on Sundays. I have most recently been called to serve a 24 month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). I am excited to be going, and hope to be able to help a lot of people, and learn a lot myself.