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I am happily married. I have 6 wonderful kids, 5 boys, and one girl whom we call our 'genetic miracle.' My parents were hippies! That's how I got my unique name. I have the best job in the world, I am a teacher. I enjoy playing sports, especially basketball. I coach about anything my kids do (even though I haven't played most of the sports!) I love to sing, and play a little guitar. Authentic Mexican tacos of carne asada are my absolute favorite food with cilantro, limon, and the works. And lastly, I am a Mormon!
The Church of Jesus Christ changed my family's life completely! Heartache and pain have been replaced with joy, and understanding. My parents joined when I was young. Their decision turned our family around for the better. I could tell it had really helped them in their marriage, and in life in general. Why am I Mormon? Why wouldn't I be?! I wouldn't want to walk away from this joy. I am also Mormon because I have read and prayed about the Book of Mormon many times. During my teenage years, and even now, it brings my heart closer to the Savior Jesus Christ. When I read it and really try to understand it, I get 'text' messages from heaven. I can feel the Spirit of the Lord not just in my heart, but in the very room I read it in. I receive guidance and direction that help me become a better husband, father, and teacher (my profession.) I know that the Book of Mormon is true. This is how I came to know that Christ does have a Church on the earth today. I am so grateful my parents found it. I know it is true.
Why do I share the gospel with my friends? Because this gospel means everything to me. It has brought me so much happiness, that I want others to be able to have the same. It's like wanting to share anything else that is good in life like a good movie, a good restaurant, or an amazing bite of cheesecake! I simply want others to have the joy I have found. How do I share it? First and foremost, just by being me. I'm often asked why I am so happy. Sometimes I just smile back. But other times I give them a more complete answer: happiness comes from living the gospel of Jesus Christ. No I am not perfect at it, but no matter who you are, if you consistently live as the Savior directs, you will find true, lasting happiness.
The Holy Ghost comforts me when things are going absolutely wrong in my life. In fact, I find God usually doesn’t take me out of my problems, but grants me the Holy Ghost to comfort me while experiencing trials. I am so grateful for this. His peace truly does "pass all understanding." And through that Holy Ghost, He gives me strength to eventually overcome my problems. There is another thing I love about the Holy Ghost. Christ said “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit...which shall fill your soul with joy” D&C 11:13 When I have the Holy Ghost with me, I am happy, and I am enjoyable to be around. When I don't, not even my kids want to be by me! One of my favorite quotes on the Holy Ghost is the following given by one of our church leaders: "I am perfectly satisfied that my Father and my God is a cheerful, pleasant, lively, and good-natured Being. Why? Because I am cheerful, pleasant, lively and good-natured when I have His Spirit.” (Heber C. Kimball, JD, 4:222) I have found that to be true in my life as well. I am most happy when I have his Spirit, the Holy Ghost.
The place where I have opportunities to live my faith the most is within the walls of my own home. Fatherhood is very rewarding. There I have many opportunities every day to follow the Savior and be patient, forgiving, offer service, etc. Do I always do this? No! I come up short regularly. But as I am raising my kids and family, I have discovered that the thing that impresses kids the most is not that I am a perfect father, but that I am actively trying to improve myself. That is a lesson I hope they carry on with their kids. I also try to protect my family spiritually. The first thing that helps me do this is to worship with them on Sunday. Second, is to gather my family together and study about Him in the scriptures. As we remember the Savior, even through sleepy eyes, His Spirit can be found right in our very own living room. Lastly, I try to live my faith by serving others, outside of my family. I don't do it as often as I would like, but my most choice experiences are those where I visit someone who is sick, or lonely. To me, it feels like the Savior is right there with me. I know he is pleased with me, and I know I made a difference in someone's life.