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Hi I'm Carlos

I'm a Canadian with a total of 5 names, I love the colour orange, I also laugh in my sleep, and guess what!? I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a 21 year old Latin American Canadian currently serving a mission in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! I was born of goodly parents who have taught me the value of maintaining a strong, happy, and loving family through the Gospel of Christ and moral values. I am a HUGE fan of Beauty and the Beast and I also really love great books like The Count of Monte Cristo, LotR and The Little Prince. I also have a deep appreciation for artists, poets, cheesy shows, and I love chick flicks! ANYWAYS, a great ambition in my life was to become a video game designer or famous musician. I really love music and art, however, recently my greatest desire is to become a greater disciple of my Lord Jesus Christ, all because having Eternal Life with my family greatly outweighs that of reaching the honors and temporal praises of men. I am a paradox that tends to follow an impossible reality, but I believe in the power of faith in Jesus Christ that allows us to begin a life long journey of joy, prowess and accomplishment. I love the challenge of trying to go an extra mile (or two), and in spite of all my failures, I truly believe that God has given us the capacity as His children to accomplish all the desires of our heart. Therefore, we must be keen in discerning what is most important, for the Savior said, "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Why I am a Mormon

Well yes, I was born into the church; now that's not to say I couldn't have my own conversion story. I've been quite an awkward sort o' lad growing up, I've been very self-conscious and frankly it seems like the worst enemy in my journeying has been my own mind. Things seem to make sense backwards for me and sadly it has gotten me into a lot of trouble. I can say I believed things were true growing up, it all seemed to make sense. I even had the privilege of feeling the Spirit burn so deeply in my heart and clarify my mind as to know that it was. Yet, as a teenager I never wanted to feel obligated to change my ways, and repentance always brought the greatest dread upon my soul. I found myself being beckoned by two opposing forces: God my Heavenly Father and the adversary of all things pleasant. It has taken time, but I know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is very real, and it has healed a heart as broken and empty as was mine. I had no love for myself, nor could I give any in return, but what has filled the depths of an all consuming, darkened and putrid soul was the infinitely giving love of Jesus Christ. I am out here as a missionary in Pennsylvania because I know that Christ has payed the debt of our sins in full; that we can partake in the fullness of salvation through faith in Christ, repentance and covenants such as baptism. It is because the Gospel of Jesus Christ has provided a lasting change in my heart and has brought me a true happiness that I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to show love and respect to all those that surround me. I feel if God shows me so much unconditional love, then I too must at least strive to show others that same love at my own capacity. Smiling and laughing have been great comforting tools in strengthening and living my walk of faith, although to put on the full armor of God, scriptures and constant prayer (whether formal or informal) are my greatest reinforcement. I am eternally grateful for those tender mercies that the Lord has provided His children. So more than actually nurturing myself, if I do something more for those all around me, God sends through the Holy Spirit the gift of faith, which seems to allow my faith to take leaps and bounds far beyond what I would accomplish on my own power. If I can't be who my Heavenly Father expects me to be, and show it forth, then all of my efforts may as well be in vain. Overall, I desire to make the effort to counsel with the Lord in all I do, and to ultimately place the affections of my heart unto Him, (Alma 37: 36-37) because I know that He will give me a greater happiness if I do things according to His will.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Carlos
It is a commandment (or law) given to mankind from God to avoid tobacco, coffee, tea, alcohol, drugs and anything that can be harmful to the body. This law also includes eating excessively, being lazy, not sleeping properly etc... While we understand that all this is bad for the body now, this commandment was given to the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1833. That is enough witness for me to know that we truly do have Prophets that recieve guidance from God in this day and age to protect us from the evils of the world! Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Carlos
All things have been graciously been given us by a loving Heavenly Father, including our bodies. Despite us having our agency, or ability to choose, commandments are given us to maintain a state of joy in this life and part of that would be to keep our bodies clean. Our bodies are truly divine, we cannot treat them as an old rag, they are all unique and have different capabililties, but nonetheless are given to us by God to protect as something valuable. In ancient times God's children performed sacred ordinances in the temples and no unclean sacrifice could be offered. Likewise, no unclean thing is to enter or defile our bodies, and as we harm ourselves physically, spiritual influences are blocked by illnesses or mental conditions, undoubtedly separating us from the light of our Creator. How can we expect to feel Divine guidance or love if we are drunk or under the influence of anything else? Also, this same spirit we possess and all the knowledge we have will be carried on, and how can we expect to be with our God with a knowledge of our awful state? It would be a shame to report to Him saying that we only lived to utterly destroy ourselves not only physically, but spiritually as well! Fortunately, we can repent through the Atonement of our Savior and change our ways before it completely ruins us; And God has also called a prophet to guide us and recieve revelation from Him (ie. Word of Wisdom) to protect us from the harms of destructive substances and other misdeeds. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Carlos
While there are official missionary representatives, we believe it is the responsibility of every member to share the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ with all those whom they love. And we simply proselyte for that reason, the rest are just appendages to the fact that this is a message of love and joy for all those around us, just as it was intended by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Carlos
We believe that the family is the most important social unit in this life and in eternity. It is in the family where we can learn correct principles, morals, values, have a place of refuge and belonging; truly, the family provides a safe-haven to develop who we are, who we will be, ultimately creating our identity. We believe that we can all be sealed to our family, past, present, future or all, if we live and keep the covenants (or promises) associated with the Restored and full Gospel of Christ. And with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives to teach us true principles, there is a true lasting happiness, peace, and comfort that is created in a home. Thus we see, this joy doesn't only endure for this life if we are obedient to our loving Father in Heaven's commandments. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Carlos
The Law of Chastity revolves around strict sexual purity. Meaning, no sexual relations before marriage. We are encouraged to also avoid any acts and situations that can lead to sexual misconduct, as well as avoiding explicit material whether it's literature, music, video or any obscene media. The Lord expects us to maintain our powers of procreation under control, rather than letting them run untamed. It can appear to be quite the hard thing to do, what with all the negative influences all around and making things appear to be generally accepted, however, the Lord has clearly given us commandments, not creative suggestions. When commandments are broken, there will be a price to pay. When we obey there are blessings to be found though, we can find an inner peace, joy and self-respect. We can look forward to the day when we can enjoy the blessings of having a family, mulitplying and repleneshing the Earth as was commanded to Adam and Eve in the beginning, and raising children under the light of Christ's Gospel. There is a great divide between lust and love. Lust is selfish and blind, and much like gluttony it only increases its appetite, never ceasing. Love is always giving, respectful and caring. God wants us to be happy in this life and He has established the means by which we can be. There is a time and place for all things, but when sexual sins are committed there may be momentary pleasure, yet we can soon expect the shame and sorrow the comes from breaking said law. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Carlos
Because we're Christians as well! :D Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Carlos
It is the BEST! Yes, it's a bold/daring/peculiar/difficult thing to be a Mormon, but then you realize, it's only all of this because you are a disciple of Jesus Christ. If you are a Mormon, you have chosen to follow in the footsteps of the Savior of the world and have been baptized by someone holding the Priesthood authority from God. And then you have all of our doctrinal points... You may ask what makes us so different from the rest of the Christian world, well... Go to the missionary request link so you can find out more! Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Carlos
The Book of Mormon is another witness to the world that Jesus is the Savior of all mankind. The book begins around 600BC with a prophet named Lehi and his family, whom are commanded to leave the city of Jerusalem because it would be utterly destroyed because of its iniquity, and we know, that is was taken over into Babylonian captivity. It continues by having this family travel across a wilderness, overseas into what we know today as the American continents. While the exact locations are unknown (although there are many recent discoveries that point us toward Central and South America), the book is a record of a people that was highly favored in the sight of God, and finally destroyed because of wickedness and disobedience to God's commandments. Its message is that if we trust in the Lord and obey all of His commandments, we can be freed from all things through faith in Jesus Christ. It is not meant to replace the Bible, but to be used as a companion to prove that Jesus Christ is the Savior, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's church and kingdom, at which He is at the head, and proportions us the means to have Life Eternal. I love the Book of Mormon, it has so many awesome stories, and while we all have our own will to choose, I want to invite everyone to read it, and if you read with the intent to find out if it is inspired by God, you will receive an answer to your prayers that it really is another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Carlos
The temples are used for our benefit to further our understanding on God's purpose for us on this Earth. It is not meant to be secret, but they are sacred ordinances. The temples are much like schools for learning the ways of our Heavenly Father, rich in symbolism and full of eternal blessings. In the temples we can be bound by the priesthood authority of God to be sealed for all time with our families, as well as giving those who have passed on this life without a knowledge of God, or His commandments, a chance to receive the Gospel of Christ through the ordinance of baptism as stated in 1 Corinthians 15:29. We desire that all should partake of God's blessings, if we follow and live in accordance to God's commandments as He has established them in these Latter-Days, really everyone can enter into the house of the Lord, if they choose to measure up to the Lord's standards for Eternal Life. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Carlos
The best way to increase in faith is to do what the Lord asks, even when it's the hardest thing to do. I remember this one time, I was on a pioneer trek, re-living the events of the Saints' migration to the west; it was tough and thankfully I survived, but I digress~ It was our first night out, around 1am at midnight and we hadn't reached out camp site as of yet, I felt miserable, and continuously marching into mud puddles didn't help the fact that I was pushing the handcart from the front. As these feelings overpowered me I immediately abandoned my post, hoping to use the remainder of my strength to pursue the course to our destination. Yet as soon as I let go, I realized that I couldn't even walk on my own strength, I had never felt so weak and powerless. It was at that moment that the scripture in Matthew 11 illuminated my mind, the handcart was a great symbolism of the Lord's yoke. I realized that though it was a grueling task, the Lord would give me the strength to push. He even provided the enabling support of those who treaded along the same path that I did. I have learned that we are not given commandments to restrict us, but to empower us. As we live trusting in the Lord's words and doing them, not to earn our way to heaven, but to obey Him out of a pure love and learn His way, we will see an increase in faith in any and every area that needs reinforcement. If we do nary a thing, we will NEVER have an increase in our faith regardless of our beliefs. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Carlos
It is the power and authority to act in God's name. It has always existed and we believe it is the same power that Christ used to heal the sick, cast out devils, to seal and loose things on Earth and Heaven which was passed on to Peter and all the other apostles at the time. All worthy males can hold the priesthood, and it is this authority that is used to lead congregations in the Earth and to perform ordinances such as baptism. Jesus Christ Himself obeyed following the available priesthood authority too. We read that He went to John the Baptist, who was revered as a prophet at the time and had the authority to perform baptisms, and to literally prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah. The priesthood is not meant to be used for unrighteous dominion over other church members, but to serve and sacrifice of your time and abilities to serve the Lord through dedicated and loving service to others. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Carlos
More important than knowing there's a God is coming to know who He is! He has established the means be which we can come to know of His goodness and love! I find it remarkable that we can pray to Him through His son, Jesus Christ. I know that if we sincerely pray to Him, He will answer us in the appropriate time, whether He immediantely sends His spirit to warm our souls, or bring peace to our mind or if we wait patiently and endure through the course of time, He will answer in His own way in which we can recognize His care and desire for us to grow. As well as praying directly to Him, He has made His Holy Scriptures available so that we can learn of His dealings with mankind through the ages. We have the Old Testament where we read of His patience with the wickedness of His chosen people, and how His mercy is extended if the people are repentant, and how through covenants He promises us eternal blessings. We also have the New Testament, where the redeemer of all the world came and established a new law in which we could have the fullness of God's blessings. In this modern day we have also received the Book of Mormon, which is a record of God's mercy toward a righteous family that was promised a new land in which they could follow and worship God in peace and love if they obeyed His commandments. I love God, and He loves us too! If we read about Him, pray and keep His commandments, we will see His true nature and find out that we too are of a divine nature! Show more Show less