To truly know who I am, you need to know what has defined my life from a young age. You have to know the reason I do the things I do. I created this page to give you some insight into the religious aspect of my life.
I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, more commonly known as “Mormons”. My parents are both members of the same church, and have been since before my birth. You could say that I’m a lifer, but at some point everyone has to make a decision. Everyone has to ask themselves “Is this the life I really want?”
My answer came to me, clearly and equivocally, “Yes”. The reason?
I’ve experienced a lot of things in my life. I was born and grew up until the age of 12 in sunny southern California, I lived in an area where I (white male) was the minority, when I was 12 my family moved to Utah. You may be thinking “Wow, those sure are HUGE hardships Aaron.” Well, I’m not saying there are, they’re just experiences. It’s what I learned from them that’s important.
In the 5 homes I lived in growing up between California and Utah one thing was always a constant: The Gospel. The “Good News” if you will. My parents always did their best to teach me about the things that made them the happiest. I did my best to live the way they wanted me too, and I could tell that it was good, and it made them happy.
When I turned 19 it was time for me to go on a mission. That’s what 19 year old LDS (Latter-Day Saint) boy’s do. I was assigned to serve in the Texas Houston East Mission for a period of 2 years. I loved it!
Now, you may have heard of something called The Book of Mormon before. Maybe even from a couple of young 19 year old missionaries like I was once. Maybe they told you a little bit about it, but I’ll go ahead and do it again.
The Book of Mormon is an ancient record of God’s dealings with the inhabitants of the American continent from about 600 BC to 400 AD. It tells of a family who left Jerusalem around the time of Jeremiah in the Old Testament and were led by the Lord to this continent. It follows their posterity and all of God’s dealings with them. Similar to the Bible there are Prophets who testify of the coming of a Messiah, our Savior Jesus Christ. Then, after he was resurrected the Jesus came and visited some of his “other sheep” here Anciently. The Book of Mormon records this event and all of the things that he taught here, which where the same as things he taught to the people in the Bible.
As a missionary I really began to understand the power that The Book of Mormon has to change lives. Don’t misunderstand here; the Bible is STILL the word of God, but so is The Book of Mormon. The go hand-in-hand in testifying of Christ, teaching us about his Atonement, and about how we should live our lives so that we can return to live with our Father in Heaven again one day.
As an additional witness, I’d also like to share with you this video of Elder Holland, a modern-day Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ telling about The Book of Mormon.
The Book of Mormon has helped me develop a closer relationship with Heavenly Father, and it can do the same for you. With Elder Holland, and millions of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints around the world I testify that The Book of Mormon has the power to change lives, and that you can know for yourself of this power by reading from it, praying about it, and living some of the teachings in it.
I know that if you do this, your relationship with your Heavenly Father will be strengthened. That also you will grow closer with your family, and you will learn about how you can be with your family, even after this life ends.