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Hi I'm Diego

I'm a Computer Geek, Writer, Fan of the Arts, & I'm A Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Tacoma General Hospital, North End, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington State on may 14th, 1990. My father is an immigrant from Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador (since 1987) and an Accountant, and my mother is a Washington-State native and elementry-school teacher. I love the Pacific-Northwest, Computers, Art, the Outdoors, and Music. I'm also grateful for the blessing of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon (or Latter-Day Saint; as we, somewhat, prefer to be called), because I was born into the church, and into the covenant (meaning my parents were married in the temple before I was born). But even though 'momonism' is a family tradition, that's not why I'm still a mormon. When I was 11 I felt that I had to decide if I truely believed that this is true or not. I didn't want to blindly follow in the footsteps of my parents. I wanted to know. So one day, in (about) 2001, I kneeled next to my bed and prayed to God. I asked Him, straightforwardly, if the church, joseph smith, and all that entailed were ture or not. Then I listened. I don't suppose that I can fully explain how I got my answer, since everyone feels the spirit in a different way, but I'll try: I felt like a switch was flipped on, and I felt the love of God come over me. It was peaceful, and I felt comfort and joy. I felt like everything, no matter how bad it got would be alright, and that I was on the right path. There have been many other experiences thath have helped me to strenghthen my faith and my resolve over the years, far more than that initial anchor. But I can testify that the Book of Mormon is true, and everything rests on that. I have had doubts, plent of them But I cannot deny what I felt and, now, what I know. But that would never have come if I had not given my full effoert to study it on my own and, then, ask God if that was true or not, having a complete willingness to do whatever he told me. And I promise that you, and anyone can know too.

How I live my faith

I believe that the best way to live one's faith is through small and simple actions and doing them regularly. Reading the Holy Scriptures, Praying to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, attending Church on the Sabbath, attending the Temple, and so forth. But the most important thing that I do to live my faith is the internal devotion to God which I try to cultivate in my life through internalizing the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ. Another way I did so was by serving a two year full-time mission for the church when I was 19. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and it strenghthened my testimony that God is in this work. As a missionary, I spent two years of my life doing nothing but preaching about the restoration of the true church of God on the earth. My daily activities included, scripture study, contacting people on the street, teaching people about the restored gospel in their homes, and on a rare occation street preaching soapboxing. I loved it, though it was often difficult. Especially when people don't want anything to do with us or, just want to argue. But it's probably one of the most worthwhile things that anyone can do. I may not have been a perfect servant, but We try to serve our God with all our heart and devotion, and that is enough. As well, I currently volunteer as an Ordinance worker at the temple where I help officiate in a many sacred ordinances such as the temple endowment. The chance to serve the Lord and my fellow church members this way has been one of the richest blessings of my life.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Diego
Well, this really is nothing new to the church of God. The scriptures teach us that God commaned his people to do this, a number of times. It is found in Malachi and we are told that Abraham did so as well. The scriptures call it Tithing, which means 10%. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Diego
No. Those who call themselves mormons or Latter-Day Saints, and practice Polygamy are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Diego
Well, I guess that question is best answered by refferring you to the bible. In Genesis chapter 29, verses 21-28: Jacob (a great prophet of God) took two wives, and later he took two more at his wives' request. This was also done by many other prominent and righteous men in the Bible: such as Abraham; David; and others. This practice was again commanded by God in the early days of the church after it was brought back. One of the reasons is that God wanted to provide a way for more of his children to be born into the church. And it was strictly controlled. A man could not just decide that he wanted to have another wife. Rather he was invited to by his leaders, under the condition that his first wife agreed. Polygamy was abolised because the Lord said so. He explained that it had fulfilled its purpose and that now a man should only have one wife. Polygamy, as it was practiced in the church was ordained of God. However it is now forbidded and anyone found practicing it is expelled from the church. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Diego
Well, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the same church that God himself set-up during the time of Christ and before. We believe that this church was lost, due to it's rejection by people, a number of times. But each time, it was brought back by God through calling a new prophet. The latest time this happened was with the calling of the prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Diego
No. He was a man. A man with a great calling from God. But we are commanded to only worship God and His Son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Diego
That it is wrong. The First Presidency of the church released a statement in 1973 which firmly states the church's position The Church opposes abortion and counsels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical counsel, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer But as with all sins, we are taught to hate the sin, but love the sinner. We do not advocate violence, or anything that is not inline with the gospel of Jesus Christ, as a solution to this problem.  Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Diego
Of course not. We help anyone in need, as much as we can. Occasionally a Bishop the local minister may withhold assistance to protect the church from being taken advantage of, but anyone who is truly in need and works with the Bishop will receive help meeting all their needs. The LDS Church "...has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Latter-Day Saints, and are also non-Christian." Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Diego
We are more correctly called Latter-Day Saints or Saints. We embrace the mormon nickname which comes from our belief in the Book of Mormon although we are encouraged to refer to ourselves as Latter-Day Saints. By referring to ourselves as "Saints" we do not intend to make ourselves out as some sort of superior group of people, but rather to focus on the ideal we want to rise to. This is the way Apostles in the New Testament referred to the members of the church as well. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Diego
No, not at all. However, there once was a restriction concerning the priesthood and who could hold it. To understand why we need to look at the history of the priesthood. When the Aaronic or Levitical priesthood was instituted in the book of Exodus, only the sons of Aaron and those who could prove to have decended directly from Aaron were allowed to hold the priesthood. Later in the time of Christ, this was extened to a broader demographic. Later, Peter recieved a revelation which began opening all the blessings of the gospel to the Gentiles as well. The black race was the last race to be restricted from holding the priesthood, until in the 1970s when the Lord revealed that the priesthood would be extened to all worthy men. We believe that all men are created equal and stand on an equal plane before God in their opportunity to attain salvation. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Diego
Homosexuality is wrong. The bible teaches this repeatedly. It goes against the very plan that God instituted. However, while the sin is inherently wrong, this does not mean that we hate those who are homosexual. We believe that homosexuality is a choice that someone makes. Perhaps one does not choose to have the temptation but one chooses wether to act upon it or not. We often do not choose what temptations we struggle with and should behave the way Christ would have towards all men, women, and children. We do not advocate any form of violence or hatred towards homosexuals. We advocate Christlike behavior towards all. We hate the sin, not the sinner. Show more Show less