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Hi I'm Carlos

I have a pet schnauzer, love the outdoors, and think that brussel sprouts are gross. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Mexico City, but I moved to the United States when I was ten years old. I have two younger brothers who live with my parents, but most of my family is still in Mexico. I enjoy hiking and going outdoors, especially the canyons and mountains out west - whenever I have time (and money) I'll take a weekend trip to hike some of the slot canyons in the western United States. Part of the reason I enjoy the outdoors so much is because it's a time to relax and be alone - away from the hustle of the city. I also really enjoy traveling, and I'm happy to travel anywhere on only a moment's notice. Whenever I have time I'll write short stories or poems; I enjoy some quiet time to think and be still. I went to school for two years and studied Spanish and Spanish Translation, but I'm now reconsidering my career and I think that I will dedicate myself to social work. I really enjoy helping people and I want to find a field in which I can directly influence others, and social work seems like a good idea to me. My favorite job has been with BYU-TV International. The airwaves in Latin America are crowded with filth and degrading programming, and our team would often receive letters from our viewers thanking us because of the quality of our channel - it meant that they could finally watch uplifting television programs with their family. It was a very rewarding job.

Why I am a Mormon

A few months ago I was talking with a friend who was going through some personal struggles; she told me that she wanted to be sure of what she belived and that she wanted to find God. She said that she wanted to know something, and not just believe it. It was then that I realized how lucky I am to have what I have; that certainty and that peace that she so lacked I had, and it is because of my belief in Jesus Christ and being a part of His church. I'm a Mormon because I know that it is the right thing to be - being a disciple of Christ is what God expects of me, and to be baptized a Mormon is to be a disciple of Christ. I have seen the light and the joy that come to people as they live Christ's gospel, and I have experienced that same joy myself. I have seen the changes in myself, my family, and my friends, and I know that following Christ is the only true way to happiness. I know what God expects of me: he expects me to be the best I can be, and he wants me to follow Christ. I am confident that God is happy with my choice to be a member of this church - it's what He wants.

How I live my faith

I live my faith simply. I don't try to be ostentatious or vociferous about it; I just do what I do and I do it because it's right. Us Mormons are encouraged to lead good lives, but it's interesting to me that when we do it we find happiness, and we can feel good about ourselves. You might think we live good lives because we're asked to, but the real reason is that when we do it we feel more strongly God's love for us. Personally, I try to help in the community and help others. I like to do things like pull off the road when I see that someone's car broke down, because little things like that can make a big difference. When we try to live and do the things that Christ himself would do, even the little things, something amazing happens - we come to know Christ. A lot of people like to say that they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; I might say the same thing. The best way I have found to establish a personal relationship with Christ is to try to do the things that he would do, and not only do we get to know Him, but we become more like Him and our lives gain added meaning. I try to help in small ways, because lots of small things eventually make up one really big thing - that's how I live my faith.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Carlos
There is a passage from the Book of Mormon that can help us understand the doctrine of grace: "And the way is prepared from the fall of man, and salvation is free... there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah... he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved" We fully belive in justification and reconciliation by grace - it is an essential doctrine of the Church, and is found repeatedly throughout the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Anyone who believes in Christ shall be saved and inherit all that the Father has; however, we need to understand what it means to believe - we need to understand the word "believe" as Christ intended it to be understood. The prophet Joseph Smith taught that faith is a principle of action. Yes, it's true that all we need to do to be saved is to believe, but believing isn't just a verbal declaration - true belief requires action. Knowing that the world is full of breathable air isn't enough to live - we actually need to act on that knowledge and breathe in order to keep living. Likewise, having faith in Christ isn't just something that we say we have - we have to act on that belief. I can't honestly claim that I have faith in Christ and know that His path is the path to happiness if I'm not consistantly trying to gain that happiness. We fully believe in salvation by grace, but it's possible to fall from grace if we lose our faith - and if we are not doing the things that Christ requires of us then we do not have true faith. All we need to do to attain grace is to develop faith in Jesus Christ, but developing faith unto salvation in Jesus Christ is a lifetime endeavor which requires our absolute best sacrifice. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Carlos
The priesthood is the authority given from God in order to lead the Church, but in order to use the priesthood there are certain requirements. One of the requirements to lead in the Church is to follow Christ's example and try to do what He would do. Certain qualities necessary for leadership in the Church were taught by the Prophet Joseph Smith; they are: persuasion, long-suffering (patience), gentleness, meekness, love unfeigned, kindness, and pure knowledge. In short, they are qualities more often exhibited by women rather than men. Although men may officially lead the Mormon Church, they can only effectively do so if they are able to learn and master these attributes which women seem to innately possess. If the men within the Church do not learn from their wives, mothers, sisters, and all the good women who surround them, then they cannot hope to be leaders in the Church. So we see that although women may not lead the Church in the same way that men do, without them men could not hope to lead effectively, nor could the church even function. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Carlos
The Law of Chastity is a commandment from God which prohibits any sexual relationship outside of the bonds of marriage. A few months ago I looked up the word "relationship" in my dictionary. The definition I got was something along the lines of: "a connection between two things." So the law of chastity is a lot more than just not having intercourse; it also means sexual discipline - the same kind of discipline that Christ taught when he said that any man who looks on a woman to lust after her has already commited adultery in his heart; that's because he's having a sexual relationship with her, he's establishing a sexual connection with her in his mind. There is a time and a place for everything, and the Law of Chastity helps us understand the proper use of sexual relationships. Show more Show less