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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm a student, a cool guy, and, oh yeah, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Aaron. I'm in my early twenties, and I'm studying business and music at a major university. I play saxophone and piano, and am a drum major in my school's marching band. I'm a huge fan of the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks. I've been a member of the Church my whole life, and recently returned from serving a two-year mission in Wisconsin.

Why I am a Mormon

My family can trace our membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints back to the early days of its formation. They traveled across the American plains as pioneers, and helped to establish colonies in the southern United States and Mexico. Truly, I have a rich LDS heritage. But this is not why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because of a thousand small, seemingly insignificant instances when the Holy Ghost has whispered to my heart and mind, "This is true." I feel this as I have searched the scriptures for guidance, as I have pleaded with my Father in Heaven for comfort and strength, and as I have tried to really live the gospel of Jesus Christ. My prayers have been answered, time and time again. I know that Jesus is the Living Christ, I know that he called Joseph Smith to be a prophet, I know that The Book of Mormon is the word of God, and I know that our prophet today is a man called and authorized by God, as the prophets of old.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the Savior's example of doing his Father's will. Most of the time, this comes in quiet acts of simple service, and in cultivating the daily routines and habits that bring me--and those around me--closer to the Spirit. These routines and habits include daily scripture study, seeking the Lord in prayer, and attending my meetings with a spirit of worship. I love home teaching, which is an assigned monthly visit to a few members of my congregation, in order to fill their needs, spiritually and temporally, and to support them in their efforts to come unto Christ.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Aaron
The quick and easy answer to this question is no, we don't worship Joseph Smith. We worship Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of mankind. In a hallway of my home hangs a scripture from the Book of Mormon, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins" (2 Nephi 25:26). We honor and revere Joseph Smith as a singular prophet of God, the man chosen by God to bring forth the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the fullness of times; but we believe that "there is no other name given, nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent." (The Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:17) Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Aaron
The Gospel of Jesus Christ consist of roughly five principles: faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. To those not of our faith, this can seem like overkill. Faith, surely, would be part of the gospel. Repentance, too, has its obvious place. Baptism, though, is often passed over as simply a nice thing to do, yet wholly unnecessary. But this is not the case. Mormons are a covenant making people. A covenant is a two-way promise, a contract in which God sets the terms, and we choose to accept or decline. When we choose to accept this contract, or covenant, God blesses us according to our obedience. Baptism is one of these covenants. When new members are baptized, they covenant to support those in trial, to stand as witnesses of God, to take upon them the name of Christ (becoming Christians in the fullest sense of the word, doing and being as He does and is) and to keep his commandments. In return, God blesses them with a remission of their sins, the presence of the Holy Ghost, and eventually, if they continue faithful in the gospel, eternal life--the greatest of all the gifts of God. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Aaron
Sure is. Show more Show less