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Hi I'm José

I was born in Northern Mexico, was raised in South Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I learned about the Church in 1978 and joined a few months later in February of 1979, at the age of 21. I am very happily married, have three children and have been blessed by the Lord in more ways than I can count! By profession, I am an Architectural Engineer, with a structures specialty. I enjoy design and construction.

Why I am a Mormon

My younger brother joined the Church while I was at the University. At first, I thought that he had joined some crazy cult. A few months later, I was home and we were able to visit. He explained everything he knew. As an engineering student, I was trained in logical thinking and problem solving. All he told me now made perfect sense. Then I knew that I needed to read the Book of Mormon and find out for myself whether it was true. It felt right to me at that time and does even more now. Knowing that the Book of Mormon is God's word through His prophets of the American continent lets me know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church has never been a "Sunday thing". Even when I was in another church, my faith directed my actions, only now I understand more deeply how my sins, faults and giving in to temptation have hurt my Savior. I live my life, work, care for my children, love my wife and am kind to my neighbors because I see all people as my brothers and sisters. So caring for others--even in small ways-- is part of who I am now, part of my character and even part of my personality. At Church, I help teach classes and participate by sharing some of what I have learned over the past 30 years as a member.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

The Bible leaves believers confused since one part teaches that Eternal Life comes trough the Grace of Jesus Christ and another part teaches that "Faith without works is dead". Essentially, both parts are true. There is nothing that we can do of ourselves to "earn" Salvation--this is a gift from our Savior. However, we must do all that we can, of our own free will, to follow His commandments and love all His children. As we struggle in life to do all that He taught us, each of us will fall short in meeting our goals. The Lord takes us the rest of the way and is the only one who can. 2 Nephi 10, of the Book of Mormon states: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved. Also, see 2 Nephi 25: For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do. This last part makes it clear that we must all first do OUR part, which faith and the good works that follow our faith. Yet this will never be enough. We must rely on His grace to get us to Eternal Life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

The most common misconception that I have found among my friends is that Mormons don't somehow believe in Jesus Christ--or that the Jesus that we believe in is different from theirs because of our view of salvation. We unquestionably accept Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior, Redeemer and as our God. For this reason, His words to the prophets of western Asia are valid and true. We accept these truths, acknowledging that they are a collection of letters and writings--not all of which were preserved. However, with the Book of Mormon as a second witness, we know of the truthfulness of the message of the Bible. This is a message of hope in the redemption that comes from Jesus Christ and of His instruction to have charity towards all men. Show more Show less