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Hi I'm Aaron

I'm a son, a brother and a high school Spanish teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent college graduate from and am teaching high school Spanish in AZ. I grew up on the Oregon coast and at the age of 19 I served a two year mission for the church in Chile. That is where I picked up the Spanish language and learned to love and appreciate the Chilean people. I love college football, movies and singing above all else. I try to always have a smile on my face and love to see that smile brighten someone's day.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into the Church I had to come to find out on my own of its truthfulness. The Bible teaches us to pray to God for truth and wisdom. I did just that and the best feeling came to me confirming that what I’ve always known was in fact truth and that nothing has ever pointed to its contrary. This feeling, which has reoccurred many frequent times, is the spirit of truth. This feeling coupled with many memorable personal experiences of living Christ’s gospel and the blessings I have received by striving to live my life according to those principles has left me knowing that this is where I am supposed to be.

How I live my faith

My faith is my life. It is my first priority followed by my family and then my career. I don't try to impose my beliefs on others but am happy to share them when I feel the time is right. Why be selfish with something that has made me so very happy? Right now I attend a congregation dedicated to young single adults ages 18-30. I am involved with the choir which I believe is another form of worship and am assigned to periodically teach the gospel and other good principles to the men of our congregation in Sunday school. I also am assigned to a smaller group of individuals of said congregation who I meet with monthly to concern myself of any needs or assistance that I or the church might be able to provide.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

As a Mormon I don't drink coffee, tea or alcohol. I also don't smoke or use other harmful drugs. My good friends and colleagues often ask me why I choose to abstain from these things. I tell them that in the Church we believe that there is a living prophet who communicates with our Heavenly Father and teaches us his will. Just like in the Bible, God has called chosen men as his Prophets. We believe that Joseph Smith was called to provide us with God's will in recent times. One of these teachings given to us from God through his elected Prophet is that if we are faithful and abstain from using these substances then we will be blessed with health, strength, long life and even wisdom. We are also counseled to maintain a healthy diet because our bodies are one of the greatest gifts of God and have even been compared to the sanctity of a temple in the Bible. The reason is actually very simple. If I feel or believe that there is a God and that he loves us enough to restore his church and communicate to us through a Prophet then I have to trust those given teachings. Along those lines, this isn't exactly a blind leap of faith. With all principles of Christ's gospel we are invited to put them into practice to see for ourselves if it is truly God seeking to bless our lives. I know that I have indeed been blessed from leaving those things out of my life. I feel healthy, clear minded and am free from addictive substances. I encourage others to see for themselves those same blessings. Show more Show less