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Hi I'm Aaron

I play the violin and piano, I am a student, I like playing music with my brothers and sisters. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of six children. When I was about four one of my favorite movies was "Fantasia", and I wanted to play the violin. Another thing that I really learned to love was math and finding about how things work. I remember talking to my Dad and trying to understand about how rain happens and other natural Phenomena. It was years later when I was able to start taking violin lessons, and I loved it. I also learned a lot about and did a lot of singing. In fact my whole family loves singing. My favorite thing to do on Sunday is to play the piano with my sisters while they sing songs from our collection of music. I am going to a university where I am studying electrical engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

Like everyone else, I have had to find out for myself that God does live and that he loves us. I guess for me it started with my parents who loved me and encouraged me to learn about the Book of Mormon. While I didn't understand all of it when I was younger, they would read the book with me. I couldn't depend totally on my parents testimony though and I had to find out for myself whether what they were saying was true. I remember once when I was about 12 I was lying in my bed at night, and I was pondering some of the words in the Book of Mormon where Jesus Christ comes and blesses the children in America. I was wondering how it would feel to be one of those children that Christ talked with and blessed, and at that time, I felt a very distinct feeling stronger then I had ever felt before. It was the Holy Ghost communicating to me that God loves me. It was like I was being given a big hug and I felt that Heavenly Father really did love me stronger then I ever had before. Today through all of experiences that I have had I have drawn from the power of that experience and others to develop a testimony of Jesus Christ and of the Book of Mormon. A testimony is a statement of belief. I know that God loves me. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that Jesus Christ came to the earth and provided a perfect life and gave everything he had so that I could become at one with my Heavenly Father. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that he truly visited those children in the Book of Mormon. I know at least a little bit how they felt because I felt the same way when I was in my room. I have been able to see the finger of God in my life as I have read the Book of Mormon and as I have sincerely prayed. I feel like I am nothing without the help that always comes from God. I don't know where I would be without this gospel, but I know that it is true and that it is the most fundamental thing that I am.

How I live my faith

The first thing I do when I wake up is to kneel and say a prayer. I try to thank him for things that he has given me, and think about the coming day and pray for specific things that I need. Sometimes, I feel like I live off of this time with my Heavenly Father. Other times it is hard to stay focused and sincere. I do my best though and when I know I am falling a little short I try a little harder. I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers no matter who we are. The answer I get doesn't normally come right away, and when it does come it isn't always what I want, but I trust that God knows what I need, and try to follow what he asks me to do. I try to study my scriptures every day. Sometimes I study from the Book of Mormon and sometimes I study the bible or the words of our modern prophets. Whatever I end up studying I try to apply it to myself. I am not perfect by any means, but I really try to take what I am learning and listen to the spirit and think about how I can do better at living the word of god. I find that this keeps me from going too far off track and it makes me happier and more willing to do what I know is right. Even though I am a college student with limited time and resources, I dedicate Sunday to worship my savior Jesus Christ. I go to church. Instead of doing school work or other forms of work, I try do things that will bring me closer to the savior. This could mean spending time with my family, or visiting those who are sick. Like the savior taught it is appropriate to serve on the Sabbath and to do good. This is a commandment from the lord. He asks us to keep the sabbath day holy. As I have done this, I have felt his blessings. I have felt that I can do more during the six days when I am working if I obey this commandment.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The short answer is that the purpose of life is to prepare to live with God who is our Heavenly Father. The slightly longer answer is that we are literally His children. He knows us, and loves us. He wants us to recieve the same blessings that he has, and the purpose of life is to prepare us and give us the expiriences we need so that we can return and live with God. Knowing this alone gives my a lot of peace. Life throws a lot of things at me. I have a lot of weaknesses. Things don't allways work out the way I want them to. But knowing that there really is a purpose and that God loves me and is on my side gives me a lot of confidence. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

The reason we have 12 apostles is because God said that that is the way it should be. Sometimes we give God constraints and say that he can't reveal another book of scripture or he can't organize 12 apostles on the earth again. But he brought us the Book of Mormon and called 12 apostles in order to set up his church in the latter days. The 12 apostles today perform the same function that the apostles in the days of Christ performed which is to be a special witness of Jesus Christ in all the world. God cares about all of his children not just the ones in former days. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

God is our Heavenly Father. He is perfect. He knows all things. Most importantly he loves us more then we can ever know. That is why we are here on earth. He will do anything in his power to help us to return to Him, but he will not stop us from making our own choices. We witness the evidence of God's love in the sacrifice of his only begotten son Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only way back to God and it is because of what he willingly took upon himself. And God let His perfect son, the only one of his children who did no wrong, to suffer terrible pain, even more then any mortal person could bear. He allowed him to die and be resurrected which enables all of us children to return if we choose to follow him. This was the plan from the beginning. It is the only way for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father again. As I look back on my life I see that at times I was distracted, and I did not see God in my life. As I look back at those times I can truly see his hand in my life helping me and teaching me even when I did not know he was there, or when I wasn't looking for Him. It works better when I look for Him, but he never leaves us alone. Show more Show less