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Hi I'm Ralph

I grew up in Salinas, a small town in the southern part of Puerto Rico. I'm a Mormon since I was eleven years old.

About Me

I'm a lucky husband married to the loveliest woman in the world. I also have two beautiful daughters who are growing up too fast! I'm also grateful for the wonderful parents and the awesome two sisters that God gave me. I love reading, swimming, sleeping, eating healthy foods, exercising, etc. Last but not least, I'm very grateful for my country, Puerto Rico US, I enjoy learning new things and I'm truly passionate about charitable work, philanthropy, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I really believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days is the same church that Jesus Christ had when he was on earth. My parents and sisters joined the church in 1986. I joined the church in 1987. I decided to wait a little bit to get baptized because I was going to a catholic school.It's funny how we heard about the church. My dad, who was a Real Estate Broker at the time saw the missionaries walking by our neighborhood. My father heard from somebody that the Mormons were trying to find piece of land to build a church in our town. So my father, being a Real Estate Broker, saw the opportunity to make some money out of these young missionaries. Consequently, my dad invited the missionaries to our home and to make a long story short, we joined the church and at the end my dad wasn't able to sell the land to the missionaries. I was eleven when I joined the church but I really gained my testimony when I was about twenty as I was pondering whether I should serve a mission, just like the missionaries that found us. I remember as I was driving back to our town by myself in order to pick up some stuff that we forgot for a small vacation in the northern area of San Juan. As I was driving I started to reflect about my life, and even though I had most of the things that most young single adults my age would've wanted, I wasn't fully happy. As I reflected about my life I started to feel peace in my heart and in my mind and I started to cry and the thought came clear that I needed to serve a mission. I was almost 21 and most missionaries go on missions when they are 19 so I knew the window was closing for me. After that experience I spoke with my parents and told them that I was going. This was really the turning point in my conversion. During this experience and while praying about this, I felt the holy ghost as I've never felt it before and I knew that Heavenly Father and JesusChrist were testifying through the holy ghost that the church was true.

How I live my faith

I'm not perfect; my wife (and my kids) can confirm this, actually they tell me that very frequently. However, I do try to live my faith, my religion the best I can. I'm a firm believer in the following quote that the church promotes: "We teach them correct principles so they (us) can govern themselves". I think that is how I try to live my faith, by applying correct principles. Something else that I try to do in order to live my faith is that when I hear talks (counsel) from our leaders, I try to apply it quickly so it can become a habit and so I don't forget! I also like to perform voluntary service, and our church provides many opportunities for that. Through service I've found what many people have already found throughout the ages, that is, it feels better to give than to receive.