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Hi I'm Aaron

I grew up in Martinez, California. I am a runner, musician, and I love the great outdoors. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Junior in college and I've been pursuing a degree in mechanical technology with the intent of transferring for further education in mechanical engineering. I am a weird mix of different interests. My favorite hobby/activity would be music. I only took piano lessons a handful of times as a kid because I hated them and didn't really know what to do. Later on after I quit lessons I sat down at the family piano and realized that I could play by ear and that got me excited about it. I still don't really read piano music, I just listen to a song and then I can play pretty close to what the written music says. My favorite instrument to play is the drum set, but along with that and piano I also know how to play violin, viola, bass, organ, and I'm in the process of learning guitar. My other great interest is backpacking and or camping. I feel most at home in the mountains away from the business and noise of life. Some people think camping is dirty and gross but for me its a wonderful escape. I am about to get a good amount of outdoor time because I'm leaving on a mission for the LDS church to Ecuador at the end of September, 2017!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I chose to be one. I grew up with a family that was always active in church. My parents took my little brothers and I to church every Sunday and to other weekly activities as well. I went mostly willingly and had a good time. As I got into my mid teenage years, however, I started to doubt and struggle with what I'd been brought up to believe. I didn't enjoy going to church as much and some Sundays I just really did not want to go. Gradually a distance grew between myself and my family as well as the church. When I was in my first year of college my family decided to move to another state and I elected to stay behind and continue my schooling and work. I rented a room from some members of the church and was completely on my own financially and otherwise. The space to myself and the independence I gained were what I had wanted and it opened the door for a great many lessons to be learned. It was during this time on my own when I struggled to learn how to support myself that I decided for myself that I wanted to go to church, to read the Book of Mormon regularly and to pray. I noticed a difference in myself and in the experience of going to church. I had always gone for my family or my parents, but now I was truly doing it because I wanted to and the difference was night and day. Through time and testing I really came to a solid knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and of the entire church. As I sit here typing I can say for myself that I know without a doubt that the church is true 100%. I do not know everything there is to know and I am not a perfect person, but the spirit has witnessed to me time and time again that what I know is true, and I know I could never deny it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith as best I can everyday. I do my best to pray at least in the morning and in the evening and also read the scriptures daily. I like to randomly alternate my studies between the Book of Mormon and the Bible as both are vitally important to our faith. My weekly responsibility in the church (what we call a 'calling') is to play the organ on Sundays for Sacrament meeting (communion or mass). I have enjoyed it and though I only play by ear I do my best with what I know. In just a couple weeks I'll be leaving to serve a mission for the church in Ecuador which is something I'm very excited for!