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Hi I'm Roberto

I am from California, I live in Hawaii, I am a teacher, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

My hobbies include writing, organizing, walking, running, playing the drums, listening to music, studying the scriptures, listening to the stories that people have. I served as a missionary in the Greater Philadelphia area, speaking Spanish. Currently I am teaching English 101 and ESL classes part-time in Hawaii. I read philosophy and am intrigued with epistemology, the study of knowledge and how it is gained. I enjoy reading (working on the unabridged version of Les Miserables, currently), teaching, and discovering the science and art of learning. I love teaching people from many different countries and cultures. I also like biology and see no contradiction between science and religion. I've asked questions like everyone does, it's natural and has it's place in our personal growth. Many answers can be found through the scriptures and through communicating with God and taking steps of faith.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put, because it is what God wants. I have prayed to know if these things are true, and have received an unmistakeable witness to the truth of these things through the Holy Ghost. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and have received so many answers that I cannot deny the truth of it. And all in all, everything makes so much sense the doctrine is complete about the things that are essential to our salvation. There aren't scriptures that do not fit into the picture or are left unexplained. I know that it is true. It is through the Book of Mormon and the Restored Gospel that I have come to have more faith in Jesus Christ and God our Father.  

How I live my faith

I strive to continuously improve in developing Christ-like characteristics, through study of the scriptures, prayer, and serving others. I say strive because I am still very amateur with being consistent and diligent, but the point is that we try, and get back up again. I serve others by seeking to understand them and listen to them, by sharing my talents, knowledge, and resources with them. This can involve sharing the Gospel with them, or even helping them proofread their essays.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Yes and no. 19-25 year old young men are commanded by God to serve Him by sharing the Gospel. This is their duty to God. Every young man has been called by God, but it is up to him to choose and accept and prepare for that call. No one is forced to serve. They must accept the call and be prepared. If they are not morally prepared and don't have a desire to serve they are not sent. Young women from 21 on can serve missions, however they do not have that same duty to fulfill with God. They do, however, make excellent missionaries. Older couples, usually retired, are also encouraged to volunteer their service either locally or afar with proselyting, family history work, temple work, the addiction recovery program, education or other sort of service. Also, every member is obligated to share the Gospel, according to the promise they made God when they were baptised. ,They do not actively proselyte, but need to be witnesses of God at all times, in all things, and in all places. This is usually done simply by being a good example, by living your religion. They may start Gospel conversations or simply offer to help. It's more or less natural when you really know where happiness is that you want to help every one else attain that also.  Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a triumph of God. Simply, it is a book about Jesus Christ that will build your faith in Him. It is a collection of writings from ancient prophets (men like Moses and Abraham) who lived in the Americas. They testified of Jesus Christ, and wrote in order to convince the future generations of the Christ. These writings were miraculously preserved, and translated by Joseph Smith through the power of God. This book is evidence of our message: that God has, out of His love for us, restored to us the completeness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which includes divinely administered ordinances, or ceremonies marking the promises we must make with God, such as baptism. If you will 1. read 2. consider deeply the contents, and 3. sincerely ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, if the Book is true then God, who cannot lie, will let you know that there things are true through the Holy Ghost. You will feel the truth of the message, and will be inspired to act, to do something with what you have learned, to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You can come to know by following the instruction of Christ in John 7:17, that is, if you want to know, you need to try it out. The whole thing is true or the whole thing is false. It all hinges on two things: the truth of the Book of Mormon and that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. You need to sincerely want to know, first of all. Seriously consider what the missionaries will share with you. Seriously consider the contents of the Book of Mormon. No man can come to know the things of God without it being given him by God. This is revelation: knowledge given from God. We can receive revelation about the truth of Mormonism if we do three things: read the Book of Mormon, pray to ask God, and visit the church. If you go into these things with the intent of finding truth, God will reveal to you the truth of these things. I know that is true, because it has happened to me and countless others. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

There are millions of people who have passed away without learning of the Gospel because of where they lived or when or without accepting it. A just God gives everyone the chance to hear and accept the Gospel. It would be unjust to assume that so many millions would be completely lost because of things that they could not control. It is what the early saints did 1 Corinthians 15 and in accordance with the prophecy in Malachi 4. As revealed in this epoch to Joseph Smith, we cannot be saved without our ancestors nor they without us Doctrine and Covenants section 128. It is what God has commanded us to do. And it must be done by His authority. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

 We are encouraged to wear our "sunday best" to church, something simple like a white shirt, tie and slacks for the men, and any dress/skirt combination for women. If you come to church otherwise, you won't be shunned. The clothes don't matter, just what they tell about our respect for our Creator. We celebrate all the usual holidays like Christmas and Easter, and national holidays, like independence days. There aren't any forbidden holidays as far as I know. Holidays specific to other religions aren't usually celebrated, but can be. The main elements of the culture are family home evening, daily family scripture study and prayer, attending church, youth activities, seminary scripture class in the morning for youth, and fulfilling your callings. There are aspects specific to regions in the church, but these are more the culture of the area than the culture of the Mormon church. Example abbreviations for everything is more Utah specific, wearing sulus to church is more Polynesian specific. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

 A testimony is similar to what you would find in a court room witnesses are called to testify about what they experienced, and it must be the truth. A testimony is a simple declaration of what you know is true. Often, it is a knowledge gained through experience, but especially that which is confirmed to us by the Holy Ghost. Through the Holy Ghost we learn the truth of all things. So when I say that I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God, I'm not just saying that I believe that he could have been a prophet, but that by the power of the Holy Ghost and through prayer and study I know, just as I know that I exist, that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. I cannot deny that he was what he said he was. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

 No. We revere him as the prophet through whom God restored the true church and authority to the earth. But we do not worship him. We only worship and pray to God. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Many missionaries work and save up money to go their missions. Others receive financial help from family members and donations from their ward local congregation. They cannot receive donations from people living in the area that they serve. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The welfare services are to provide aid and relief. This extends from individual to international needs. If a person is not able to receive aid from their own efforts, their family, extended family or the government, then they can go to the church to get what they need to get by until they can sustain themselves again. In cases of natural disasters and third world countries, the church has many supplies food, blankets for babies, school supplies etc. which are funded by fast offerings and donations where appropriate. These supplies are distributed to officials or church authorities who will ensure that these supplies get to those that need them. This allows those who are in need to get on their feet again. When their temporal needs are met, they are better able to get their spiritual needs met. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

The temple is a place where we make promises with God and learn more about how essential Jesus Christ is to all mankind. We attend the temple to commit ourselves more fully to God the Father and Jesus Christ. When we make these promises with God He blesses us. We also believe that everyone in the world should have the privilege of receiving these blessings. Those who are living can be baptized and then attend the temple to make these promises. Those who have died can receive these blessings and make these promises through vicarious work. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No. Service is rendered to all, Mormon and non-Mormon. Ideally, Mormons are participating in projects to help those who are not members and those who are members. The help to members is more specific at times because these people are on record so that they can be ministered unto. Service to others is done through members ex humanitarian supplies being passed to members to distribute or on a more general, personal and undocumented basis ex helping your neighbor in the yard. Ideally no one will be playing favorites. In the case of finances, you are responsible for your own well-being, then your family, then extended family, then the government, then the church. The church is there to provide aid, not dependency. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

You need to have faith in Jesus Christ, believe that He is the Saviour, understand and believe what happened with Joseph Smith, repent of your sins the missionaries will review and help you live the commandments, and if you are willing to do the things described in Mosiah 18:8-10 and Moroni 4:3 in the Book of Mormon, then get in contact with the missionaries either by this website or Mormons where you live and tell them. Believe in Christ, and follow His example. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

 A ward is a congregation that covers a city and its surrounding area. It is lead by a bishop, and also has leaders for the auxiliaries elders' quorum, Relief Society, Young Men, Young Women and Primary presidents. A stake is comprised of 5 to 10 wards, and thus covers a larger geographical area. It is lead by a stake president and a council of high priests. A branch has fewer members than a ward, with fewer leadership and priesthood holders. It is lead by a branch president. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No.  Any worthy male can receive the priesthood. Show more Show less