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Hi I'm Orlando

We work side by side everyday, and by the way, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a university professor for over 24 years now, amazing. Some day I hope to play Brazilian Bossa Nova for real, but for now, it's fun to pick up the guitar and at least try. I'm also going to get Mandarin down, I've been studying it for a couple of years now, and that's been real fun too. In fact, studying foreign languages has become a hobby of sorts. Portuguese and Spanish are my best, but I can get by with some Italian and German too, others seem to come and go. As to other hobbies, I'm sure my wife appreciates it when I take the telescope out of the living room. I agree, it doesn't seem to match with the other furniture in the room.

Why I am a Mormon

First, If you ever get a chance to read a copy of the Book of Mormon, take a peek at the second chapter of 2 Nephi. That chapter seems to summarize everything I believe, especially the part that talks about man being saved through the "merits, and mercy, and grace" of Christ. Second, I love the doctrines that help us understand how all humanity, all who have ever lived on the earth, no matter where or when, all will have a chance to learn of Christ and receive salvation. Take a peek at those teachings too.

How I live my faith

In a lay church we all have tons of opportunities to serve. I love seeing how it all comes together: teaching lessons, working with youth, visiting the elderly, playing sports, and signing in choirs. Currently I spend a lot of time with our youth. Outside of church, I try to beat people to the "sorry, I don't drink alcohol" moment. That is, I try to inform them that I don't drink before they extend the invitation.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

I find it really interesting that even though Joseph Smith had received visits from heavenly messengers on numerous occasions, even despite all of his visions, even considering that he translated the Book of Mormon, he still didn't have authority to perform ordinances (like baptism) until May of 1829 when John the Baptist appeared to him and conferred the priesthood on him. Everyone can honor Christ by doing a lot of great things to serve others, but to perform an ordinance, to declare words the bind on earth and bind in heaven, we need his "permission." We believe that this "permission" is the authority of the priesthood, which can only be conferred by someone who also holds that authority. Show more Show less