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Hi I'm Will Batista

I am a political junkie. I am a son of immigrants. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a Catholic household. I come from a single parent home for much of my adolescence. My mother immigrated from Nicaragua and my Father from Cuba. I was determined by the age of 12 that I would become a priest or minister. I met missionaries from the Church and received the message of the Restored Gospel shortly thereafter. Since the Age of 14 I have worked on a variety of Political Campaigns. During my Freshman year of High School I decided to transfer to an All Boy Prep School, where I chaired a Teenage Political Party. During College I have had the opportunity to travel to other states to campaign. I decided in 2008 that I would join the United States Air Force. I have always felt a great sense of patriotism and love for this country. I love serving in the military because it helps me appreciate the freedoms that we enjoy. I am a graduate of Brigham Young University - Idaho and currently reside in Las Vegas, NV with my beautiful wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I always felt a disconnect with my faith and what I felt in my heart. I am a Mormon because I wanted a more personal relationship with God. After I met with the Missionaries for the first time, I knew that what they taught was true because I felt it in my heart. I longed for a faith in which not only do they profess to be followers of Christ but exemplify it in their lives and in their service. I prayed to ask God if this Church and what the Missionaries had taught was true. I'm a Mormon today because my faith in my Savior has grown as I learn through the scriptures and the Restored Gospel, the principles which help me to live a more Christ-centered life.

How I live my faith

Since joining the LDS church, I have found so many opportunities to serve others. During my time in the Young Men's program and the church's participation in the Boy Scouts of America, I was taught that it is our responsibility as representatives of the Savior, for each of us to participate in our communities through a variety of different service projects. I remember visiting the Ronald McDonald house and making Dinner for those families of Cancer stricken children. During one of our Youth Conferences helping elderly individuals who couldn't perform everyday chores around their own home. Today, I continue to search for opportunities to try to serve others, whether is helping them move or bringing a smile to their face with my silly antics. I also try to serve as an example of service for my country as I serve in the United States military.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Will Batista
The Doctrine of grace requires effort on our part. We do this as we put into effect not only our faith but our actions as well. Paul taught in the New Testament that it is only when we prove ourselves through our faith and our works that we may be saved. I often think of the story of Peter as he is walking on water towards the Savior. The grace of God is much like Christ extending his hand to Peter during that epic lesson. We learn from Peter that our responsibility is to swim against the waters of adversity and grab hold of Christs' grace to be saved from the storms of life. Show more Show less