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Hi I'm Aaron K

I was born and raised in Virginia and Colorado. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love hockey, history and my family. I earned my masters degree in Arizona. My wife and I have five children and I am a high school teacher. Just this year I finished two of my life-time goals of completing an ironman triathlon and publishing my book. Neither were professionally done, but it felt great to accomplish something significant. Finding the time to train for the triathlon or to write regularly was difficult, especially with a large family, career and civic responisbilities. However, persistance and great support from family enabled me to continue pushing.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel that it is more important to know what is right instead of who is right. The doctrines of the Mormon church not only make logical sense, but they feel right too. I've learned that by first having faith in doctrines of Christ I later receive both spiritual and logical confirmations. It is a spiritual, social and practical gospel that is absolutely true.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is not a Sunday habit, but something I strive to do each day, every day. The way I speak and treat others, the way I think of others and the way I teach students all flows from how I live my faith. Most importantly, the manner in which I associate my family is the biggest indicator of how I live my faith.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Aaron K
Although I don't know all the specific reasons regarding plural marriage, I do know that Heavenly Father sent us here to Earth to be tested. Part of that test is to see if we would be obedient, even when we don't understand why. Examples in the scriptures of this principle include God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac, the Israelites being asked to wander in the wilderness for 40 years, and for certain Old Testament families to live in plural marriage. There may be both spiritual and practical reasons for God asking a few of the early Church members to live in plural marriage. Very few were asked to live this way. It was certainly a test of faith for all those involved, including the general membership of the Church. I believe that through this test the Church became stronger, more resolved, more unified and learned to rely on the Atonement and wisdom of Christ more than before. It built faith, even though it was extremely difficult. I'm grateful for their courage and obedience. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Aaron K
Going to the Church's website is a great start. lds.org Near the top there is a link labeled "Resources" and in that link choose the option "Locations and Schedules". This will give you options to do any of the following, all of which will enable you to speak to someone in person. 1) Find a meetinghouse 2) Find your ward or branch (a ward or branch are congregations of different sizes) 3) Find a temple 4) Visitor Centers and 16 additional links. Talking with someone in person is a great thing. There is great power in doing so, as opposed to relying on information from sources that are secondary or less reliable. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Aaron K
The reason I proselyte is love. Proselyte can have a negative vibe if we compare it to salesmanship. However, I think if we proselyte in the manner that Jesus would, the style would be described more as "sharing" than "selling". It shouldn't be pushy, manipulative or guilt-ridden. I share the gospel because I love the Savior, love His message and love the people around me. That love for the people around me continues regardless of how the message is received. Show more Show less