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Hi I'm Aram

I am Armenian, born in Egypt and migrated to Australia in the 1960's. I am married with Seven Children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate Electrical Engineer but retired since late 2014. I have been married for 46 years years and love my wife very much. We have seven children and recently had our 10th grandchild. I am trying to revive an old hobby which is playing the classical guitar. I also love taking photos and videos, mainly of places we visit (on vacation) and also family events. I like creating slide shows and videos from media that I collect during trips, vacations and family events. Another hobby which takes a good deal of my time is Family History. I love music, particularly classical music and some operas and often go to concerts. But my main interest is my family and serving in the Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon.) I keep a daily journal and hope that one day I will write an autobiography and include stories of my immediate family and ancestors. My career consisted of working as an Electrical Engineer in Telecommunications and project management, Lecturing/Teaching Electrical Engineering and for a period I worked as a Translation Supervisor for the Church, helping teams in various countries translate church materials in their own language. Currently I enjoy retired life, keep very busy and my wife and I are getting ready to serve as missionaries for the church, full time for eighteen months.

Why I am a Mormon

Many years ago I met missionaries who presented to me the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints; they told me that it is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, which He established when lived on earth. They told me that God spoke to Joseph Smith, as a result of his sincere prayer to know which church was true. God then called Joseph smith as a prophet to restore the Church of Jesus Christ and translate old manuscripts which is called "The Book of Mormon." Among the teachings of the church which interested me the most and gave me a desire to investigate the church was that we are all children of a Heavenly Father, who lived with Him as spirits but came to earth, as we were born, to receive a body, experience mortality, be given the opportunity to accept and keep the commandments of God and through the help of Jesus Christ be able to return and live with God again. We refer to this doctrine as "The Plan of Salvation." I was impressed with the way the missionaries presented these teaching not simply trying to convince me intellectually but promising me that if I studied and pondered over what they told me and asked God sincerely to know if these things were true, that God would answer my prayers, and that I would know of myself the truthfulness of these teachings. I did just that! I listened, studied, pondered and finally prayed to God to know if these things were true. God, through the power of the Holy Ghost testified to me that the teachings of the Church are true, that we have a prophet who directs this church in behalf of Jesus Christ, that we are children of Heavenly Father, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that the Book of Mormon contains the words of God just as the Bible does with its Old and New Testaments. So if people ask me, "Why I am a Mormon" I would simply say that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed Mormon Church) is the true and restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Since my wife and I joined the church we attended church regularly every Sunday and sometimes other activities during the week. As our children grew and had families of their own, most of them continue the same tradition. Some of our children served as missionaries. I have always had some responsibilities (callings or assignments) in varying degrees, in the church, mainly in leadership positions or as teacher in various organisations. I have also served as the Director in a Family History Centre which was opened not only to church members but also to the community around us. One of the assignments which I feel very special is what we call as "Home Teachers." Along with another companion, sometimes with my wife, we are assigned a number of families in our Ward (branch of the church.) Basically our role is to visit these families periodically, to see if they need any help and generally provide support. some of the fun assignments have been to organise events such as Open Houses, variety shows and Family History Fairs. As active church members we endeavour to keep the Sunday as a special day (we say keeping the Sabbath Day Holy) and avoid 'worldly' activities. Apart from attending church or some other 'religious' activities, we try to spend the day as a family, visit friends and extended family, perhaps those who may be sick, work on family history research, write letters and generally have a 'day of rest' from our regular labours. We avoid watching television but sometimes watch church produced videos that would be uplifting.