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Hi I'm Damion

I'm a husband, dad, accountant, programmer, a hopeful writer and I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on Nellis AFB in the late 70’s, and then subsequently raised in North Las Vegas, Nevada. I lived in a part of town where my best friend down the street had a SWAT team go through his backyard to bust his neighbor. A house I used to trick-or-treat at turned out to be a drug house (which we found out by watching the shoot-out between cops and those homeowners). I faced the cold reality of life on those streets, only once more so than when they found a young lady's body 600 yards from my home. Life seemed bound and determined that I grow up fast, and so when I felt my prayers were heard - I didn't stop praying. I clung to my developing faith and was bound and determined to use my stubornness for something good. Through study and prayer, I tried to be an anchor to my friends. I am please that the Lord gave me the words to talk two of them of suicide, but another one didn't talk to me - my High School Lab partner. But the Lord had prepared me, as best as I would allow. Yet, I did not blame God for the actions of man. Instead, I redoubled my resolve and served a LDS mission in Washington State. When I came home, I finally located my wife and married her. Dragged her to college for my accounting degree and now, several moves within the States later we live in Aurora, Colorado. We have 2 boys and 2 girls, staggered evenly with a boy first, amazingly enough. I serve as a BSA Scout Master and I love analytical problems and puzzles.

Why I am a Mormon

I suppose most would think that the answer would be I was raised this way, but that’s not my answer. In everyone’s life there is a point of rebellion, and my youth was no different. I questioned what I’d been taught, the restrictions imposed upon me, and my faith. I stayed (at the time) for few simple reasons: Christ’s church would have the same doctrine taught in every building worldwide. The attendees would generally live what they believe. Christ’s church should be a persecuted faith – Satan obviously wouldn’t want it to thrive. They would tell you that if you were not sure about something to pray about it and expect an answer. Therefore, they also would feel that the heavens are not closed when it comes to communication. Finally it would be, I believe, a rapidly growing church. From there, heaven’s answers started coming easier, my faith deepened and my commitment solidified. Now it just feels right and my logical mind agrees. Yet, it still wasn’t enough, so I researched Joseph Smith. After reading the Book of Mormon, I made the decision that I wanted to know about its truthfulness, so I asked in a private prayer (without telling anyone what I was doing) and I received my answer. It was a feeling of comfort, like your soul is being hugged from the inside-out. From then on I sought that feeling and it came whenever I served someone. I, now, can say with surety that it is the Spirit of God, the Comforter, the one and only Holy Ghost. Thus, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I’d love to tell a story how I do something amazing, with some charity, cure of some odd disease, or donate huge quantities of money or time in an unselfish manor. In reality, I live my faith simply. I pray often, I read from the scriptures, I don’t curse (even when mad), I don’t drink alcohol, don’t smoke, or try to take advantage of others. I try to be honest, sincere, and clean. I don’t expect those around me to live the strict moral code I abide by, but I hope they would. On the other hand, I believe that people need to be more moral and so I am trying to raise my kids to live this “excessively” Christian lifestyle. I remember thinking how restrictive I thought the additional moral guidelines were as a child. Now, I view it as the string that holds up my kite. I can fly higher, have greater control and keep in flight nearly indefinitely with that moral string. Imagine if the string were let go, so that I could be free of such restrictions. I suppose that the kite would feel freedom for a time, but the fall and the landing would be fatal or nearly fatal to the kite. The kites who never had the string, never knew the beautiful views or heights that I have experienced. Anyway, I suppose that is enough with the analogy. I am teaching my family to contribute to society and the world. For me, I don’t know a way that I can contribute more than I do by the righteous upbringing of my children.

What is faith?

Damion
Faith is not being afraid to believe and act. Perhaps the most important part of faith to me is being able to believe that God (the Father) is there and answers prayers. It takes some self-confidence to kneel and pray for the first time. To actually admit that there might actually be a higher power that cares enough about you to answer. Yet, the most powerful first prayer is the one where ask simply yet sincerely, "Father, Are you there?" Don't cut him off, just listen and probably more importantly - feel. Feel for the love of your Father. If you feel it and cannot deny that you felt it - let that be the answer of yes you look for. Then you can start asking other things. Things that you sincerely want to know. I cannot stress the importance of the sincerity. But beware, once you have knowledge of something and your faith is dormant – you now know and are accountable to Him. Faith is moving forward even if you are nervous, because you believe you are doing what is right. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Damion
The law of Chastity is an empowering law. Most know it is complete fidelity (deed, word and thought) between a man and a woman legally married. While the world may feel like it is Old-fashioned, there is nothing like the rewards that come from following it. First, it brings about the most intimately emotional bonds between my wife and me. We experience joy, self-worth and a closeness that is beyond words to describe. My children have no doubts where my heart is, they have an example of what marriage is supposed to be like. They see the rewards of a marriage that pulls together and not apart. The thing about it, though, is it is a conscious choice. Yes, a deep love helps and a physical attraction makes it easier, but in the end it is a choice. And once you make the choice, you learn how quickly emotions are tied to intimacy and how breaking the law would be damaging to your heart and emotions. If you find that you are not keeping the law, repentance is possible (though difficult) and through it and obedience to the law you will heal. Such healing brings a peace and value to your life to know that you value someone enough to maintain control of your desires and such will assist them to reciprocate. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Damion
The official or Dictionary answer would probably be: A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but that really doesn’t explain it well enough. A Mormon is also a person who believes that God spoke to more people than just those who wrote the bible. Some of those people wrote down God’s words and an ancient American abridged some of those writings – his name was Mormon. The abridged record was named after him and those who believe it to be what it purports to be are nicknamed after him - Mormons. Since we believe in Jesus Christ as the only way back to God, we consider ourselves Christians. Thus the Bible and the Book of Mormon are both sacred to us due to their content and when read and cross-referenced together bring about a greater understanding of Jesus. How much more? Enough that people start to morally clean up their lives when they start reading them together. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Damion
There’s a saying that goes something to the effect of: You don’t ask one car dealership on whether you should buy a car from another. This is true, but you also can’t ask them if you should buy a car from their lot as you should know that answer before you ask that one as well. So, who do you ask? Perhaps if you could talk to the maker of cars at both dealerships, and if you could count on him/her to be truthful with you – that would be the person to ask. So here you have a church that will send someone to you to tell you about it. They will present some very interesting ideas and leave you with much to think about. So how can you know if what they say is actually true? Ask the maker. Obviously, you have to really care if you know or not. You have to be in a quiet/calm situation where you could hear and/or feel a response. And it most certainly wouldn’t hurt if you were trying to be obedient to things you know He wants you to do. But in the end, you have to ask. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Damion
There are two perspectives here: It is wonderful and it is disappointing. Both are correct and both are inseparable. I'll try to explain: To know what I know, to get personal answers from my prayers, and to have the faith I have - is amazing. I live each day standing tall, knowing that I am sincerely striving to better myself through diligence and obedience to Christ to become more like Him. There is a peace, one I cannot even describe, so wonderful that you want everyone to have it. That's where the other perspective comes in: You see, non-Mormons respect that you live what you believe, but snub you because of what you believe. They like how morally and honest you try so hard to be, but dislike that you would dare say that could God could have and even might in the future say more. On one hand, you have the answers to the eternal questions (Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going after I die?) And want to tell everyone, and other the other hand you know that if you are over-zealous even fewer will listen. I think of it like baking cookies: They are delicious, so you want everyone to have one. Then you get responses from people saying, "What's wrong with MY cookies?" or "Oh, look at you! - YOU made cookies." Or "I don't eat cookies, because of X," You sigh, because your only desire was to share your joy with them. But you don't give up, you wait (always having a fresh batch of cookies with you), hoping one day they may take you up on them. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Damion
My short answer is yes. This is because I define Christian as one who believes that the Jesus of the Bible is the Messiah, the Saviour, the only way back to God, our Lord and Master, our advocate with the Father. Where people get confused is we believe more about Jesus than most Christians. We believe that he is Jehovah of the Old Testament. We believe that by his hands the Earth was made. We believe that in order to be our advocate with the Father – he cannot be the same as God the Father. Stephen of the New Testament saw them both and Jesus was often talking to the Father. Instead of a trinity, we look at them as “one” team, not some unusual three-in-one being. We know we were made in the image of God, but we are individuals and not three in one folk. We believe that He loves all people. We also believe that Jesus visited other sheep after his death – even the American Indians. The record of their dealings with him is the Book of Mormon. Thus, it does not replace the Bible, but is a companion scripture to it. And when God provides more records of Christ’s words and dealings with man – we will be ready to accept them too. Are we Christians? Yes. Are we the same as other Christians? No. Does that make other Christ believing people not Christian? No, they are still Christian. Show more Show less