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Hi I'm Aaron

I grew up as a "doctor's son" and a gymnast. Now, I am a father, a doctor and have other new interests to pursue. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the oldest of five kids, raised in southern California with parents who loved each other and provided a good example to me of how a family should work together. I was taught at a young age to work hard, serve others and seek knowledge. During my youth, I had many great friends who were members of my faith, but made friends also outside of the church. Usually these were friends I went to school with and learned great lessons from their religious beliefs. I participated in gymnastics all through junior high school through my first year in college. I also played the trumpet starting in elementary school up to high school. I served a mission for two years to the Guayaquil South Mission in Ecuador, South America and learned to speak Spanish and loved my experiences there among these great people. I married a beautiful girl I met at work after graduating from college and with her encouragement, decided to pursue a medical degree and specialize in the field of ophthalmology (eye surgery). 12 years later, we have four young children, a new professional career and a hope for the future road ahead that will likely feature new great adventures for our family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe the message contained in the Book of Mormon. I believe that it came from true prophets called by God to record His words for our day. I am a Mormon because I believe that this is the church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth in the latter days. I was taught since I was young to trust that God has a plan for me. During my youth, I knew and felt of the faith of my parents, but came to a point where I needed to decide whether to follow my parent's faith or discard it. Taking my concerns to God through prayer, I received my own answer that continued to grow into a testimony. It has been many years since I made that decision, but I have never regretted my choice to be a Mormon. It has brought me joy and peace as I strive to follow the teachings and perfect example of Jesus Christ. He is the one chosen Son of God and completed his mission to be a Savior to the entire world. It is left up to each of us to accept or reject that great offering. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

How I live my faith

I try every day to learn more about the scriptures by reading them alone and with my family. I take time to pray and ask God for help and guidance in my life and for others needs. I serve my family and friends. I keep the promises I have made to God to obey his commandments and follow the example of Jesus Christ. I ask God for forgiveness when I make mistakes. I ask him for strength to overcome weaknesses and challenges. I love my wife with all of my heart and look for ways to show her that love every day. I smile often.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Aaron
The beauty of the earth and all of God's creations. The peace that comes when we pray to Him. "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you." (James 4:8) The love I feel for my family, as they are a great gift from God. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Aaron
Attending church is something that is done weekly to worship as a congregation in a local church building. This is something that serves to prepare us to enter the temple and perform sacred ordinances that are necessary for salvation, like baptism. Church worship is not restricted based on worthiness like the temple is. This is similar to how baptism requires a person first to prepare to receive this ordinance by having faith and repenting of our sins. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Aaron
Some critics of the LDS church are quick to use this label and dismiss our beliefs as strange. Indeed, some of our beliefs do run counter to generally accepted traditions. Unfortunately, those who apply the label of cult often do it with a lack of understanding regarding what our beliefs encompass. Their hope is that those who hear that label will not investigate any further as to what the church really teaches. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Aaron
No. We feel a sense of duty to go and serve as missionaries because of the message we take to our brothers and sisters. We believe that there are many who are seeking for truth and who will accept our message if they choose to listen and apply it in their lives. Missionary service is voluntary and as such, there are great blessings promised to those who go and serve willingly. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Aaron
No. We revere him and what he did to fulfill the calling he received from God to be a prophet. We worship Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Show more Show less