Hi I'm Carlos
I love my life! As a child I was born with a physical disability--Cerebral Palsy. Though some may feel, at first, bad for me, please don't. I am very able in many things. I am who I am and am grateful for the trials in my life. They help learn and grow. I remember reading a quote that said, "Don't confuse disability with ability." I am fun to be with, and love a great laugh. I am a Spanish Teacher at both the High School and Middle School levels. I love teaching and I love influencing and serving the youth. Education is an important part of my life and believe that everyone, no matter the level, should continually seek to education themselves and others about whatever they want. I have been involved with music for about 12 years. I am a huge lover of jazz music. My saxophone gets me grooving all the time. I am also a member of the marching band in my school playing the marimba. Music is truly a gift from Heavenly Father. I love it! Music fills this earth with joy and happiness.
Why I am a Mormon
I have been a member of the Church for about 6 years now and truly have grown and learned so much since. I am grateful for the missionaries that taught me. They were examples to me. It was not until I really took the time to pray and read my scriptures and do the things that I was ask to do that I started to develop a testimony of the restored Gospel. The Church has helped me gain knowledge of the truth concerning this life, giving me an eternal perspective on things: God is my Father, Jesus Christ is my Savior, and the Holy Ghost helps me do that which my Father in Heaven would want me to do. A grand milestone in my life was the 2 years I served as a full-time missionary. I witness many times how the Gospel really affects people's lives for the better and the unique, perfect love that our Heavenly Father has for His children. My knowledge and testimony of the restored Gospel was strengthened as I studied the scriptures and applied them to my life, obeyed the commandments of God, prayed with faith, and went and served the people in my area. I have a strong testimony that God loves me and loves each and every one of His children. I know that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer. I know that Joseph Smith saw God, the Father and Jesus Christ and that They, in reality did speak to him. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it truly is "Another testament of Jesus Christ."
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
Though many of the Savior's teachings have helped me in becoming more like Him, there is one lesson that He taught that I am often reminded of and which has helped me do great things in the face of challenges. In the Book of Mormon Jesus Christ taught that if we humble ourselves he will strengthen us: "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." Many people are often surprised to find out when they first meet me that I can do so many things, despite of my physical disability. I have ran, I am musician, I am very active; there are very few things that I cannot do. All this is because of the Lord's great mercy towards me. I have humbled myself. I am teachable. Because I am willing to obey the Savior and do the best I can, He steps in and helps me when I have done all that I could. As I have prayed and stayed close to Him, I have received constantly His helping hand in my life. He has made weak things become strong unto me.
How I live my faith
I am very active in my ward. There's just always so much to do--and I love it! I have many opportunities to teach the Gospel in church. Every time I teach, I learn so much about myself and strive to always keep those I teach in mind. Visiting members of my church is always a treat. It gives me the opportunity to get to know them in a more personal way. Service is wonderful too! It always makes me feel great. A great person, and friend taught me this valuable lesson: You love those whom you serve and you serve those whom you love. Are you having trouble getting along with someone? Do you desire a stronger relationship with someone? Better friendships? Serve them and you will see love grow and the relationship become more meaningful. As we serve those around us, we learn to love them and because we love them we always seek the best for them and do what ever we can for them. I try to make sure to do what I can to help those around me, in school, family, wherever. Many people seek comfort and peace in their lives. A simple phone call to them just to see how they are doing can go a long ways.