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Hi I'm Rafael Antillon

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of five children. I am your normal American who goes to work every day, spends time with his children, and keep his lawn looking the best I can. I work in the supermarket business as a regional merchandiser which allows me to interact with a large number of people. I enjoy working at home doing home improvement projects, I also enjoy coaching my boys' soccer teams during the Summer, and when Winter comes I love downhill skiing which I recently introduced to the youngest of my kids. I came to this country after serving a mission for the church. My sister paid for most of my first year of College expenses and I was able to support myself after that. I graduated with a degree in Business and worked for a large retailer which allowed me to move around the country. I left that retailer a few years back and decided to settle in the Northeast...which is where my wife grew up. I believe we will be here for a while since our family seems to be the happiest I can remember.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of the Church as the youngest of four siblings who joined back in 1972 in El Salvador. There were some members of the Church who lived next door to us and who had a copy of the Book of Mormon. We then began receiving the discussions by two American missionaries who were serving in my old country at that time. I still remember the love these two elders had for us and how much patience and kindness seemed to emanate from every word they said. My dad may not have been thrilled to have these "gringos" teaching his kids but my mom had been looking for the Gospel and supported us every step of the way. Neither one of my parents was baptized at that moment, but they were both with us on that December night when we entered the baptismal font. We were the only Mormons in the family for several years until my mother became a member when I was 16. Through her example and encouragement, the rest of my brothers and sisters were baptized into the Gospel as well as most of their children and extended families. I firmly believe that the Church saved my life as it helped me through the turbulent years of civil war in my home country. The Gospel and the friends I had at church provided a buffer which shielded me from all of the violence and upheaval which were common at that time. The Gospel literally provided a reason to live a good life, to look beyond what was around me, and it gave me the hope for a better life--an eternal life. I chose to serve a mission when I turned 19. I can honestly say that was one of the best decisions I had made in my life up to that point. The joy that came from that service and the relationship I developed with my Savior will always be a source of strength in my life. I have truly found an inner peace through the years that has helped me cement my relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior. I hope I can raise my kids to appreciate the blessings of the Gospel in their lives as well.

How I live my faith

I am the least perfect person you will come across. I know I need the Savior in my life and try hard to be worthy of His guidance and the company of the Holy Ghost. At work, I am known as the one "who doesn't swear" and people are kind to respect me enough by not swearing around me. I believe I get paid to do a job and it would be against my principles not to give an honest day of work every day I am there. At church, I currently attend an English speaking unit where I serve as a counselor to the bishop (the unit's pastor). I enjoy visiting members of the Church every month and sharing a message of the Gospel as well as making sure those members are taken care of. I try to help the bishop fulfill his duties the best way possible. At home, my family and I get together most evenings for dinner when my schedule allows. We also strive to do scripture reading and prayer before we all go to bed. You could say we have a happy home where we try hard to speak kind words to each other. You could also say that our home is a place where the parents teach the children about service, hard work, love of country, love of God, and respect for the elders. We are not perfect but we are trying our best.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Rafael Antillon
I love the Bible...some of my most favorite stories of the scriptures are found in that sacred book--such as the story of Joseph. The Bible and the Book of Mormon both have helped me get to know my Savior and His love for all of us. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Rafael Antillon
Most missionaries save their own money to go on missions. They do not get paid for their service. There are some cases, such as mine, where the missionaries cannot afford to pay and the Church and other members contribute to their mission. Now as a working adult, I contribute to the missionary fund and to the mission fund of some of my relatives. Show more Show less