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Hi I'm Carlos

I'm a full-time law student. I'm an uncle to 35. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Even though I was born in Texas, I've spent most of my life abroad in Latin America. My mother is from Mexico and I proudly call both countries home. I recently graduated college with a major in English and a minor in Spanish. I love to read, especially short stories by American authors like Hemingway, Steinbeck, or Ambrose Bierce and the occasional poetry by Whitman. Every once and awhile I'll write short stories or essays as well, but mine are still pretty bad. I'm a huge news junkie and catch up on the latest headlines whenever I get a chance. I'm much more athletic in the water than I am on land and I love every water sport. Whenever I get a chance I swim some laps for exercise, whether in the pool or in the open water. I try to take time to enjoy the little things in life and look at the bright-side no matter what situation I'm in.

Why I am a Mormon

Primarily, I'm a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and represents the restoration of His church on the Earth. Besides there are many other reasons why being a member of the church is the best thing for me. I grew up a member of the church I never really questioned anything that was taught to me. It wasn't until I left for two years to serve as a missionary in Spain that I really gained a testimony of the Gospel. I remember the exact experience clearly. I was reading the Book of Mormon and the thought came into my mind of how difficult it would have been to write a book with such a depth of understanding of very adult situations and life lessons. I thought of the Prophet Joseph Smith, who was close to my age at the time he translated the book, and I thought of how impossible it would be for me at that stage in my life to come up with a perfect book like the one I was reading. The thought was clear in mind that Joseph Smith couldn't possibly written the Book of Mormon and that the only explanation was that it was translated with the power of God. Then my heart was ready to sincerely ask in prayer whether the Book of Mormon was true and I received a powerful witness that it was. Since then I've never looked back. From there I received a witness of the truthfulness of the Bible and revelations from modern Prophets. Sometimes though, I've questioned doctrine that I couldn't understand. I always hold on to that initial testimony I received of the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith means serving others, whether in my congregation or in my community. Every responsibility I've had in my congregation, whether setting up chairs or teaching a class is ultimately about service. You learn to sacrifice your time for the benefit of others, even for those you wouldn't initially be friends with. Everyone has the opportunity to serve and learn from their experience.

What is faith?

Carlos
Faith to me is the fuel that keeps my little propulsion pack going. It's the belief that following the Gospel is true even though other options might seem more appetizing. For example, I've questioned whether or not living the Mormon lifestyle is really in my best interest. It's hard to be different and I've also felt that I might be truer to who I really am if I left the church. But then I'm reminded of the small testimony I have that the Gospel is true and have faith that if I stick to it, living the Gospel will be the best thing for me. Even though it can be difficult, that faith keeps me going and I move forward. Show more Show less