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Hi I'm Ricardo

I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born in Lima, Peru and raised by a Catholic family. I am the 5th of five brothers and sister and I am the only member of the Church in my family. I have a lovely daughter and I live in Washington State. I had never heard of the Church before coming to the Northwest. But through conversation, prayer and fasting I was able to make the choice to accept the Gospel and to be baptized. I have since had my faith tested much and I am sure I will continue to face adversity but I am confident and thankful for the knowledge that the Lord Jesus Christ will always be at my side. I know that He effected His Atonement for all of us and it is up to each of us to let the Atonement work in our lives. I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? Because it is the only church I have ever been in that teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ not only in words but in actions. It has helped me to grow tremendously as an individual and as part of a larger community. Because it encourages the individual to find out if the scriptures and the words of the leaders of the Church are true by personal study and prayer. Because it gives everyone an opportunity to serve and improve on their talents for their benefit and the benefit of those around them. Because the priesthood of God is now again on the Earth and serving all those who have need of it. Because charity, the pure love of Christ, is more present in this church, at the individual and global levels than anywhere else I have seen. Because through the ordinances of the temples families can be together forever. And finally, the Spirit of God is more present in this church, both at meetings and in the homes of individual members than anywhere else I have experienced. This is the Lord, Jesus Christ's church. It bears His name and exists to carry out his mission: to teach everyone to love as He has loved, and loves, us.

How I live my faith

I do my best everyday to help others, live the commandments, share the Gospel, associate with and learn from good people and good books, in and out of the Church, and to live by the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know I'm not perfect, but that does not stop me from doing my best.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Ricardo
The Word of Wisdom (D&C 89) is a revelation and commandment given to Joseph Smith, whom we recognize as Prophet, Seer and Revelator, which describes to us the Lord's law of nutrition. In this revelation the Lord exhorts us to do away with items which would unduly affect the reasoning and proper performance of the body to be in harmony with the Spirit of God. The Lord also advises us what will benefit us the most, such as grains, and herbs (vegetables), and other good things. And, the Lord gives us a promise in section 89 of the book of Doctrine and Covenants, v.18-20: "And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint." These blessings are promised to us if we live the Word of Wisdom. I would invite you to read the revelation in the book of Doctrine and Covenants and try it out for yourself and ask God the Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus Christ if this promise is not true. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ricardo
In the Book of Mormon, in the book entitled "The Book of Alma", Chapter 32 verse 27, the prophet Alma invites us to experiment upon the word (Gospel) and try it out for ourselves that we may gain an individual testimony of it. I have tested it for myself and I found the words of the Book of Mormon, the words of the prophets, the commandments, the leadership of the Church and my own relationship with my Father in Heaven to be very true and very real. I invite you and everyone else to do the same if you would like to know for yourself. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Ricardo
We believe He's our Father, the Father of the entire human race, regardless of creed. He looks out for us and He wants us to grow up to become the wonderful people He knows we can be. Sometimes it's hard to think about ourselves as being wonderful, or being able to become wonderful. He doesn't have such limitations. To Him, we are all precious and He loves us all. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Ricardo
We believe that the family can be eternal. Think about it, you spend most of your life with these people, your spouse and children, getting to know them, loving them, supporting them and you build a great relationship with them. The knowledge that that relationship doesn't end with death is a great blessing because that means that we will be able to see our loved ones again and continue to grow with them even after this life. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Ricardo
The Atonement of Jesus Christ refers to his endless sacrifice; He being a perfect, innocent individual offered himself a ransom for the rest of us. Only he fulfilled every iota of the law of Moses and only he was without blemish (sin). He had an immortal Father (God) and a mortal mother (Mary) which allowed Him to feel everything a mortal would feel while at the same time having full control over his life, no one could take His life from Him so he laid it down willingly for us. It is only through His Atonement, and obedience to His commandments, that we have the opportunity to go back to live with our Heavenly Father for all eternity. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Ricardo
I think the best answer to what the temple is for is this: it is a place of peace and tranquility where you can focus on getting to know God, your Heavenly Father, better and grow closer to your family throughout the generations. Show more Show less