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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm a husband, a father, a professor, and a therapist. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, a father, a professor, and a therapist. My wife and I have four wonderful kids that keep life interesting and exciting. We like to watch movies together, wrestle around, and just be with each other. By profession I am a professor at a local state university where I train counselors and therapists. On the side I work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with individuals and families who are struggling with life. I have a particular interest in working with couples in strengthening their relationships, as I have found that to be one of the greatest enjoyments of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for my entire life. During the initial years of my life I attended church because I was expected to and had somewhat of a social network there. During my teenage years though I hit a point where I really questioned why it was that I was attending this church. I began asking myself and God questions about life and studying the scriptures for myself. That process brought powerful answers through the Spirit that have kept me anchored in the gospel of jesus Christ. As I have encountered new experiences in life like graduate school, becoming a husband and father, moves, and normal life challenges, I repeatedly come back to the scriptures for assurances, guidance, and help. The Book of Mormon has been a unique strength to me. No matter what questions I have had or the topic of life they pertain to, I know I can go to the scriptures and receive guidance for my life. That leads to perhaps the most important reason I am a member of this church, because in it I have learned about the true nature of God as a loving Father who is invested in the growth of His children. I feel my connection to Him through daily communication prayer, scripture study, and striving to live a balanced life. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and His atonement have helped me to be more and do more than I ever could have on my own.

How I live my faith

There are private and public ways that I live the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. Privately, I am in daily conversation through prayer with my Heavenly Father to give me guidance and to express gratitude. I also study the scriptures on a daily basis which helps me to keep spiritually focused. I enjoy looking for the divine in all aspects of life nature, science, relationships, good literature, media, etc. I believe evidences of God are all around us if we look for them. Publicly, there are a number of ways I live my faith. I am a Sunday School teacher for teenagers in my congregation and I enjoy mentoring the youth in our church. I also visit with various families in my congregation to make sure they are taken care of and to teach them about the gospel. As I spend the majority of my day at the university, I strive to have my actions and beliefs match, even in a "secular" environment. That means that I try to treat people with respect, help others where I can, and live a clean life. My experiences as a therapist have helped me to learn to have more compassion for people who are struggling, which I believe is a core element of the gospel of Jesus Christ.