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Hi I'm Aurelio

I'm a South Texas Mormon!

About Me

I am 26 years in and live in a small farming community in deep South Texas. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors . I have taken some time off from school but I hope to enroll again next year. I plan to major in Business Administration. I hope to one day own my own business perhaps a bookstore or an internet cafe. For fun I enjoy listening to music, reading, and writing. I enjoy reading books on Church history as well as the scriptures.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love God. I know that he is my Father in Heaven who has sent prophets since the creation of the world. These prophets explain to us the purpose of our life and the way that we can return again to live in God's presence. Before I converted it was hard for me to understand why we needed prophets on the earth again. But I came to understand, after much prayer, that if God is indeed our Father there is no reason why he should leave us without any guidance. Since he loves us he wants us to return to live with Him. He has given us commandments through His son Jesus Christ. If we obey them we will return to live with Him again. The gospel of Jesus Christ is pretty simple after you understand those things.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a full time two year mission for the Church in the Texas Mcallen Mission. It is an exciting time in my life as I share the restored gospel with people in South Texas. I mostly teach Spanish speaking people who are ready and willing to accept the gospel. It is great seeing people progress in their faith in Jesus Christ and how they demonstrate it through repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. These are the first principles and ordinances of the gospel that allow them to begin on the path that leads to eternal life. 

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

The Mormon lifestyle is pretty much a normal lifestyle. Since we are found in many parts of the world I know that our members must do and act almost the same way as the citizens of the country they live in. For me being Mormon in Texas means loving the outdoors, music and family gatherings. However, we do keep God's commandments and so abstain from alcohol, coffee, tea, cigarettes and illegal drugs. But we ,as so many other people not of our faith realize, know that we don't need any of those substances in order to have fun. We also try not to use any offensive language, literature or websites. For the most part we enjoy doing what everyone else does. There really isn't a limit on what we can do as long as it is in accordance to the commandments of God. We do this to maintain our hearts and minds pure. Being Mormon means living to a higher standard, the standard that our Father in Heaven wants us to live by. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward is the basic unit of organization within the Church. It is composed of men, women and children who live in the same geographical area. Wards are led by men called bishops and they are selected by revelation by a stake president. Wards are sometimes created for specific groups of people, for example Spanish speaking wards or for those that are deaf/hard of hearing. A branch is similar to a ward but only smaller and is mostly composed of a few families and individual members. Once it grows to include more people it is reorganized into a ward. Branches are led by branch presidents who are selected by revelation by a stake president or mission president. A stake is composed of several wards and branches and is led by a stake president who oversees the well being of the units he presides. A stake president is selected by revelation by higher authorities in the Church such as Area Seventies and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  Show more Show less