I am an imperfect man who is eternally thankful for Jesus Christ and for what He did for me. He is the reason I have hope.
I believe in God the Eternal Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. They love us and want to welcome us home with gladness after our sojourn in mortality.
I believe in Jesus Christ. He is Jehovah become one of us. He is The Father’s only begotten son in the flesh. He overcame sin and death. He is the redeemer of the world. He lives today. Jesus Christ will return to us soon to remove wickedness from the Earth and to establish peace.
I believe that God gave us, and continues to give us, a knowledge of His commandments that apply to us generally through prophets. That knowledge became, and becomes, scripture.
I believe that Joseph Smith Jr, a man who has been spoken of with both praise and hostility for generations, was a true prophet of God. I believe that Thomas S. Monson, currently serving as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a true living prophet.
I believe that the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price are holy scripture given us by God through prophets and inspired men. God still lives, still speaks, and still means what He says.
I believe that all humans are children of God and, regardless of differences in belief or life choices, deserve to be treated with respect.
I believe that marriage is an institution that was created and appointed by God as an enduring union between a man and a woman.
I believe that mortal life begins at conception and needs to be protected, just like we’d protect the lives of children at later stages of development.
I believe that gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
I value self reliance, liberty, justice, mercy, and charity. Being loyal to truth and what God says is right are important to me. I’m not motivated by the “thrill” of being right or winning a debate. As far as I’m concerned, debate for its own sake is vile. Who is right is usually irrelevant. It’s about what is right. For that reason, your alternate points of view are welcome. Please present them with respect and intelligence.
I believe that compromise for its own sake is a vice, not a virtue. Compromise is only healthy when two “rights” or “goods” conflict based on the priorities of individuals and groups. It is not healthy or good to compromise with evil, even when doing so might seem to calm things down. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval.
I believe that christlike love doesn’t mean what much of the world seems to think it means.
I believe that pornography and abortion are two of the most evil and destructive things ever invented by the evil one. They deserve a religious, social, and political response that removes them and their influence from society.
I believe that modesty, chastity, loyalty to Christ and spouse, and parent-administered education are among the most rare and important things needed in the world today.
Sampling of Joshua Aaron’s Favorite Quotes
All were fortified by the words of Moses: “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid … : for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”6 He did not fail them. He will not fail us. He did not forsake them. He will not forsake us. It is this sweet assurance that can guide you and me—in our time, in our day, in our lives. Of course, we will face fear, experience ridicule, and meet opposition. Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully, but also as a determination to live decently. A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove or laugh. Remember that all men have their fears, but those who face their fears with dignity have courage as well. Thomas S. Monson
Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua
O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm. Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Nephi
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance. Paul