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Hi I'm Victor

I'm a Religious Educator and a Mormon.

About Me

I am the 11th in a family of 14 children, 11 boys - 3 girls. I learned quickly that family was not only my biggest challenge but was also my biggest asset. With so many brothers, sports was a way of life. They were for most of my growing up what made up my self worth. I still love them, but through injuries and other decisions I had to put them on a "sacrificial altar" so to speak and give them up for a greater good, my health and more importantly my family. I learned that my worth is far greater than a sport or physical ability. The gospel of Jesus Christ truly helped me understand my true value, worth and potential. My family is THE MOST IMPORTANT hobby or interest I have. I am married to a wonderful woman from Puerto Rico. We have been married for over 20 years and we are still so much in love. We have shared in common every step we have taken in our life's journey. Education, children, profession, health, vacations, it doesn't matter what it is, we have done it together. She is my best friend! Our children have brought us our most complete and lasting joy. I received a BA in History and EJD in Law and have been a religious educator for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Seminaries and Institutes of Religion department for going on 19 years. This has been a tremendous blessing in my life for it allows me to be immersed daily in His word and and His work, to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."

Why I am a Mormon

One might say that I am a Mormon because my parents were, and that would not be too far from the truth. I was indeed born into a Mormon family. My parents converted when my Dad was in the Air Force. He met a fellow airman who gave them a copy of the Book of Mormon. Both read it and knew that it was "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." I grew up with much of what the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church offers. It felt so normal and right. Yet, I had many of my siblings and friends decide differently. There was a moment when I was 14 years old, that I was confused as to how I wanted to believe and live. I knew the Church principles and values that were taught me, but did not know if that was what I truly believed. I remember one night in particular, I was under a lot of pressure and stress. I was up late studying for an exam and needed to wake up in a few hours for my paper route. I knew that I would not get any sleep though, because of all the underlying questions and tension. I was exhausted. I could not do it anymore. I had prayed before, but not like that night. My prayer was sincere and heart felt. All I could say was, "Heavenly Father, Please help me!! Let me sleep" I can't share what happened, but I can say that I slept some of the most profound sleep that night than I had up until then. Even though it was for only a couple of hours, it felt like years. I awoke so refreshed and renewed. More importantly, I knew without a doubt several truths. First, Heavenly Father lives! Second, He heard and answered my prayer! Lastly, He cared and loved me!! Since then I have taken many of my concerns, questions, desires, hopes, and fears to my Heavenly Father. He has answered, comforted, chastened, encouraged, and taught me many things. It is through these experiences I have had His witness through the Holy Spirit testify that the Book of Mormon is true! That Joseph Smith is a prophet and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His Church on the earth!

How I live my faith

I currently serve as Bishop of our local ward, about 500 members, and have done so for going on 5 years. This would be the equivalent of a pastor or minister of a local congregation. One difference is that in our church there is no paid ministry. Having to balance my professional life with family and then serving the members of our ward has been an incredible experience of living my faith. I have literally had to trust my God to lead me and guide me in ministering to the temporal and spiritual needs of the members of my ward. Many times that has required much sacrifice on the part of my family and myself. Yet, we have also vividly seen the arm of the Lord in sutaining us through these sacrifices and even more we have come to know Him better by doing what He did. That has helped us to mold and change our characters to become more like Him.