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Hi I'm Aaron

I was born and raised in the Midwest of the United States. I am going to school to become a doctor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young father and husband and will be starting medical school fall of 2013. I love doing anything that has to do with the outdoors but I especially like snowboarding, hiking, camping, canyoneering, and mountain biking.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my parents were both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints while I was growing up, that isn't the reason I have chosen to be a member as well. I have studied the way of life that the church teaches us to live and tried it out for myself. Through living those moral standards and finding faith in Christ, I have come to find a great peace in my life. That peace is even more precious to me as I am a father and have been thinking a lot about how to best raise my daughter even with all the terrible things that happen in the world today. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news of His life, death, and resurrection, is the foundation of my faith, and the knowledge of my purpose in life has helped me to set goals in life and live by standards that bring me closer to God and to the rest of mankind. In short, I feel that everything about me that is good comes from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Preparing for and being accepted to medical school has been a difficult process for my family and me. It would have been easy for me to lose sight of what's most important in life, my family, while employing the necessary focus in my studies to be accepted to a medical school. Thankfully, something I've been taught my entire life is just how important the family is. Also, going to church every Sunday has given me many opportunities to make sure that I take the time to evaluate my activities and the attention that I am giving to my family. We anticipate the next years to difficult for us as a family, but we know that by working together, and making time for the most important things, we will not only make it through medical school, but we'll grow closer together because of it. One of my favorite ways that I have lived my faith was by serving a 2 year long mission to Argentina. I absolutely fell in love with the culture and the language, and that led me to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish once I returned home. While in Argentina, I taught people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how that Gospel, and the authority to teach it, was lost when the Apostles of Jesus were killed. Teaching about how God has restored that Gospel through a prophet in our times was very exciting. Most of all, I found great satisfaction seeing how living the Gospel of Jesus Christ really changed people's lives for the better, adding to the good they already had in their lives.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Aaron
Stakes, wards, and branches, are names for geographical boundaries that are designated for church organization. A ward or branch is the smallest unit of organization in the church and usually consists of a few hundred people at most, while multiple branches or wards compose a stake. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Aaron
One of the big differences between our church and other Christian religions is the Book of Mormon, which is so named because it was compiled and edited by an ancient American prophet by the name of Mormon. Because of this book, many have given us the nickname "Mormons". In reality we do not worship Mormon or the Book of Mormon, or in reality any person or thing other than God and His Son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Aaron
One of the best ways I have found to develop a personal relationship with God, or our Heavenly Father, is through prayer. God is the Father of our spirits and He loves and cares for each one of us. He also knows us personally and individually. He is very concerned with our wants and needs and all we have to do to communicate with Him is speak to him in prayer. Prayer should not be a memorized phrase or series of phrases that we repeat, but rather a conversation with God. I know He listens and answers in His own ways. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Aaron
Basically the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the only way we are able to be forgiven of our sins. The word atonement means reparation for a wrong or injury. Every one of us have made some kind of mistake in life, or in other words we have all sinned and broken God's laws. Every time a law is broken, whether spiritual or otherwise, there is some kind of a consequence. In order for us to be forgiven of our sins without paying the full price of those sins we committed, Jesus sacrificed His life and thus payed the price for our sins. He asks us to accept that sacrifice by repenting and trying anew to live His law. If we do that, He promises to forgive our sins. Without the Atonement of Jesus Christ we would be unable to progress past our mistakes and sins. It would be impossible to improve ourselves and get better at keeping the commandments if there were no forgiveness available to us, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ offers that opportunity for forgiveness and progress. Show more Show less