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Hi I'm Aaron

I grew up in California. I teach university students. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful wife and six young children. My wife and I both grew up in the Church. I teach information systems / information technology to university students.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew in the Mormon church. My father also grew up in the church. My mother was baptized when she was about 21 years old. I remember learning at a very early age from my parents and from my teachers at church that God hears and answers our prayers. I remember praying before going to bed at night and feeling peaceful and warm in my heart. I credit that experience as the beginning confirmation of my faith. As I grew older I had more experiences with prayer. In some of them I felt directly guided or could clearly see the answer God was giving me to my prayers. As I grew older, I began to understand the gospel of Jesus Christ better. My understanding of the world grew from one in which God immediately blessed the righteous and punished the disobedient into one in which God guides his children in obeying principles that will bring them the greatest security and happiness despite the actions of others and the natural events of the world around them. As I've grown, my faith in Jesus Christ and in the teachings of prophets in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and of prophets who have lived in my lifetime and the lifetime of my parents and grandparents has also grown. My membership in the church, the opportunities for service that it brings, and the meaning it gives to my life and to the events in the world around me are some of the greatest blessings in my life. I have seen quiet miracles performed. I have seen lives changed and families and individuals renewed through service in the church. I've been able to help flood victims who had lost everything to a disaster beyond their control. I've been able to teach small children the importance of reading the scriptures. I've felt connected to my ancestors who have died as I have learned about my family history and participated in temple worship. I have felt renewed over and over again as I participate in living the teachings of the church at home, in my work and through formal church assignments. I have been inspired by the tireless example of other members of my church who have reached out and taught and served me, my wife, my children, and my extended family members. For all these reasons and more, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I teach a class at church that reviews basic gospel principles for new members and for visitors of other faiths. I enjoy learning from the perspectives and experience of others. Two of my children participate in our church sponsored Cub Scout program where they enjoy positive experiences with other children there age and through which I have some structured experiences to interact with my boys. I try to make sure that my family prays, studies the scriptures, and follows the teachings of Jesus each day. Once a month, I go with another member of my church congregation to visit several other families in the congregation. We share a gospel message and see after their well-being. We provide service during these visits as necessary. I attend church services with my family weekly and participate in church activities about once every 2-3 months. These activities, in addition to providing social interaction, provide us an opportunity to participate in service projects, learn about helpful subjects such as nutrition, literacy, physical health, food storage, emergency preparedness, and personal finances. I teach students at a church sponsored university and work to help my students integrate their faith and their professional / academic experiences.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Aaron
The Law of Chastity requires that we not have any sexual relationships before marriage and that we be completely faithful in thought, word, and action to our spouse after marriage. We believe that our physical bodies are sacred gifts from God and that, within marriage between a man and a woman, sexuality is a sacred part of our Heavenly Father's plan. It allows men and women to draw closer to each other in a respectful and fulfilling way and to bring children into their home. Church leaders have stated "the means by which mortal life is created [is] divinely appointed." Because sexuality is such a sacred, personal part of our Heavenly Father's plan, we should treat the topic with respect. Church members should avoid conversations that are crude or vulgar, should dress modestly, and avoid pornography. For more information on the standards of the Church as they relate to the law of chastity, please see For The Strength of Youth https://beta.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth/standards/sexual-purity?locale=eng Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Aaron
My wife and I try to be open and respectful with our children in teaching them about modesty and chastity so that they come to us when they have questions. My children are still young enough that they don't buy their own clothes. At this age, a lot of our efforts go toward making sure the clothes we give them follow our standards. This can be challenging in the tropical climate we live in, but it is doable. We encourage our children to keep their bodies appropriately covered and try to teach a lot by example. Show more Show less