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Hi I'm Ariel

I'm a second-year law student, I'm a family man, I love music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 26 years old, and I just finished my first year of law school. Other than spending time with my family and reading cases all day, I love to sing. Music has always been a huge part of my life. Our two kids keep me and my wife busy. I'm grateful to have a loving family.

Why I am a Mormon

Without a doubt, all of the very best things in my life--the satisfaction and peace I feel in everything I do--stem directly from living the principles and ordinances of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because of this, I know that all people, religious or not, can find that same fulfillment in finding out whether what we believe really is from God.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity of attending our Church services each Sunday. My family and I have found strength in meeting together with others who have overcome many of the same challenges that we now face. We have experienced powerful effects from meeting together often to strengthen one another. I also have the opportunity of serving many of the men in our ward congregation. To help prepare for that service, I, along with three other men, meet during the week to plan ways that each of us and each of the men in the ward can continue to give faithful service to our own families, to our fellow ward members, and to each of the other families we have been asked to visit each month. I have found great joy through this service.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Ariel
The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and that He lives today. Just as God called prophets to teach His children in the Orient and commanded them to record His teachings, God also called prophets on the American continent to teach those of His children who lived in the ancient Americas. These prophets also recorded the teachings of God in the Book of Mormon. God has always called prophets through divine revelation and has taught them His truth. These prophets, in turn, teach the people what God has taught to them. In this way, God can convey His truth to all His children who will listen to His chosen prophets. The Book of Mormon contains a fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, restoring many important truths about our relationship to and our faith in God, our Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Ariel
Just as Christ called Apostles and taught them His ways, conferred His authority upon them, and commanded them to go unto all he world as His representatives, so God has given the gift of His priesthood authority to all worthy men who qualify, and gives them opportunities to stand in His place in certain, clearly-appointed ways. While men and women must work together as co-equals in this life, God has given distinct responsibilities and roles to men and women. Just as God did not appoint men to bear children in this life, so He has appointed only men to bear His priesthood. The priesthood has never been nor ever will be used as justification for allowing men to exercise power or dominion over another person. It is given to worthy men to bless the lives of all of God's children. Despite the fact that they do not hold the priesthood, women have many opportunities to serve and lead within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Priesthood authority is not obligatory for many leadership positions. And as with any leadership position, women serve and lead by example. There are certain positions that are held by men, and certain others that are only held by women. Such is the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Ariel
The best, most concise list of beliefs of Mormons, in addition to the scripture we use as a reference for such beliefs, is found in the Pearl of Great Price under the Articles of Faith. These Articles of Faith were originally written by Joseph Smith, the founder and first Prophet of the Church, in a letter to the editor of the Chicago Democrat (which was the first newspaper in Chicago, IL): "1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. 2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression. 3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. 4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. 5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by "prophecy, and by the laying on of hands" by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof. 6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth. 7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth. 8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. 9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. 10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon this the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisaical glory. 11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may. 12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law. 13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul — "we believe all things, we hope all things," we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Ariel
Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that there are two houses of worship. Each Sunday and throughout the week, all people, members of the Church and those who are not, are invited to come and worship in church buildings and participate in the activities that go on there. A temple is different for us. It is a place where we make sacred and important promises and covenants with God. We believe it is the house of the Lord. To best understand and appreciate the important promises and wonderful blessings received therein, the temple is reserved for those who are prepared and worthy to enter. There is nothing secret about the temple, only sacred. The promises and covenants we make there allow us to more fully dedicate ourselves to the Lord and to serve Him and those around us. All who prepare themselves to enter are invited to come to the temple and experience the peace and joy that come from serving in the House of the Lord. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Ariel
We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, and only through His grace, do we have hope of salvation. There is nothing that any of us can do in and of ourselves that would save us. All hope of salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone. This does not, however, eliminate the necessity of our obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just as the Apostle James taught, so we believe that "faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone" (James 2:17). It is not enough to simply believe in the grace of Christ to save us. We must also work for our salvation by obeying the laws and participating in the ordinances that He has provided us. After giving our very best to the Lord, whatever that best may be, then the amazing grace of the Savior can lift us up to qualify for eternal life with our Father in Heaven. It is only through Jesus and His grace that we are saved, after we have done all we can do (2 Nephi 25:23). Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Ariel
The Mormon Church does not officially endorse any political party. It does, however, encourage all of its members to be actively involved in the political process (i.e. voting, standing up for freedom, supporting those who represent good, moral principles, etc.). The principles and doctrines taught within the Mormon Church encourage all people everywhere, not just its members, to live lives of integrity, to stand for truth, and to be active participants in the community in supporting and defending principles of morality and civility. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Ariel
I, like most missionaries who are called to serve, was able to fund the expenses of a mission with the help of my parents and the money I had saved from an early age. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, through generous donations of church members, also supplies the means for some missionaries who could not otherwise fund a mission. Show more Show less