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Hi I'm Michael

I am a Colombian-American. I love sports, learning, and spending time with family. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am from southern California. I grew up in a Spanish speaking home. I love to exercise and work hard. my favorite hobbies are reading, playing sports, lifting weights, and spending time with family and friends. I am a newly wed and have a darling baby girl. I have been very involved in tennis--i played all my life and at the collegiate level at BYU. It is a great passion of mine and also of my family. My greatest passion of all is learning--anything and everything, but especially church doctrines and the words of the prophets

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a mormon because I have felt the spirit in my heart tell me that this message is true. As I keep the commandments and try to be as Jesus, I feel happier with my life and feel that I have worth and identity in the sight of God. He is our father and he loves us. By living my faith, I have found perspective and purpose to my life. It is scary to think of a life without God or His true Church. My family is better because of our faith in God and his teachings. I have prayed much and fasted to know if this was right for me, and I felt and received an answer from God through his Holy Spirit.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by putting the Lord first in my life and trying to do what He wants me to do. I try to treat others as He treats us, first and foremost with my family and friends, and others that I meet each day. I believe that we need to be all-in in our faith and not have one foot in babylon and another in Zion. In other words, we should give it our all to God if we desire happiness and the promised blessings he has to give us. By reading and learning more about His gospel and seeking and applying His teachings in my life, I have found peace and joy.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Michael
 We believe the Bible to be the word of God. God has not left us alone in this life to figure out what he wants us to do. he has spoken to prophets in the past and we can learn from their teachings and experiences. we believe in the Bible because it contains the words of God and also the fulness of the gospel of Christ. There is much good in the bible, and in our scriptural cannon, the bible is always the first book. The book of mormon would be meaningless unless there was a bible, because one of its purposes is to testify of Christ as did the bible and also to bring to light doctrines taught in the bible that were not very clear. Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon contain teachings of prophets who have lived anciently and who have known the will of the Lord. Both are essential for us to study and ponder in order to know what God's plan is for our families and how we can return to live with him. I love the bible and it has helped me know my Savior more and also learn of his example as others have written about his life here on the Earth. Show more Show less

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

Michael
The church belives that every man and woman are all spritual sons and daughters of God. We all are part of God's eternal family with inherent characteristics and traits that we inherited from the premortal life. These traits include our personality and even our gender. The church teaches that we are to love all of our brothers and sisters the same--for they all have great worth in the sight of God. However, we also know that God has commanded even from the beginning with Adam and Eve, that " a man leaves his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh" see genesis 224. The church has taught and stands by this previous doctrine--that Marriage is ordained of God unto man and that marriage consists of a male and a female. Any other relationship, especially those that involved sexual intercourse, other than that of a male and female who are lawfully wedded are considered a serious sin before the Lord. As the Lord loves each sinner, but hates the sin, we too should love those who suffer from homosexual tendencies and help them to cope and turn again unto the Lord. We know it is difficult for those who have these trials in their life, and quite frankly, I do not understand why some have these trials. However, I know that God does, and that they can overcome all things in the strength of the Lord and eventually they can be freed from this burden of homosexual tendencies. Same-sex marriage is very important to the church because we believe that families can be eternal. We learn from Holy Scripture that "neither is the man without the woman in the Lord" 1 cor. 1111. In order to recieve exaltation and live in eternal families, we must be sealed as a family unit in God's temple. Which is why we stress heterosexual marriages so much, and try to help those who suffer from homosexuality to turn again unto the Lord, be patient with themselves, have faith in God and that they can overcome all things through the atonement, and change their life to agree with the teachings of Christ in order to recieve salvation by obeying God's commands. We cannot teach nor support any other doctrine of marriage other than that which has been taught by God himself. That is why we oppose same-sex marriages and make a stand for what is right. For this reason homosexuality was Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed from the Earth Genesis 195-9 Jude 17. Anciently, it was taught that " if a man also lie with mandkind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination they shall surely be put to death" under the mosiac law leviticus 2013. Similarly, "Fot this cause God gave them up into vile affections for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature and likewise alo the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another men with men working that which is unseemly"romans 126-27 Even Timothy warned not to "defile themselves with mankind." Indeed, concerning crossdressers, "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garmets for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God" Deuteronomy 225.  In conclusion, the church does not condone immoral behavior nor any sin for that matter--including homosexuality. The lord has revealed that "he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven." see DC 132. I know that to be true. Through the atonement of christ, all sins, including those of homosexuality, can be forgiven and we can be clean and pure before God, only if we repent Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Michael
 No we do not. In fact, this practice has been terminated since President Wilford Wooddruff declared the will of the Lord that it should be stopped in 1890--121 years ago. Show more Show less