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Hi I'm Arnold

I'm an Urban Planning student, 25, Hispanic, and I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint.

About Me

Right now I am in an exciting phase of my life. I have had so many blessings both material and spiritual. I am attending graduate school at the University of Southern California (USC). I enjoy learning and studying Urban Planning. I enjoy playing soccer, trivia, spatial based games, programming, and spending time doing stuff my wife finds interesting too. We both have very divergent interest and sometimes it is hard to find things we have in common but our differences actually bring us closer together as we learn from each other. I am a first generation everything in my family. Both of my parents immigrated to the USA where they met, were married, and had me as their first child. In both my immediate and extended family I was the first to hit many important milestones such as graduating from high school, Graduating from college, attending graduate school and serving a full-time LDS mission in California.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family and do not know what would have happened had I not been. But I can tell you why I have resolved to remain a member of this church. I am not strongly swayed by emotions, I am just not that type of person. I am quite empirical actually. I believe the Lord has provided ways for many of us who struggle to conceptually define or trust emotions to receive knowledge from him. Traditionally many people come to feel the truthfulness found in this church, I have come to understand the truthfulness by experience. John 7:17 says it best- "If any man will do his will , he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." Before this can happen, I had to do something that is not comfortable for me, someone who likes to have all the facts before making a choice. I had to follow a doctrine first before I knew it was true. That is what faith means to me. There was no other way for me to go about it. I had testimony on one hand that showed that the Gospel works, and many others who claimed it did not. There is plenty of documentation that people would consider "proof" supporting one side or the other. There was no satisfactory way to figure this out externally. First hand experience was necessary. The test was simple, I would live the gospel and then honestly review my life. Then I would ask the question are the fruits good? Or in other words, would I rather have my life any other way? Obviously it is clear what my answer has been. This is a process that is still on going as I strive to continually try to detect the "feelings" that confirm my choices. It took me a while to reach that point with the Book of Mormon but I got there. The same with other principles, but by living the gospel and being willing to work it out has payed off, because I still truly want to have all the facts... even though I had to make a choice first.

How I live my faith

I believe it is important to live what you believe. I think it is true that most if not all faiths out there are honorable and if everyone acted in accordance to the standards they claim we would all get along much better than we do. This is what I strive to do everyday. I have chosen to follow the path and teaching of my Savior Jesus Christ. Publicly to me this means showing love by respecting all people; No matter who they are, what they do, or the lifestyle the embrace. I cannot nor should I control the action of others, rather I should and must control my reactions. The virtues of understanding and mutual respect are important to me. I honestly seek to understand the reasons behind the opinions of others. By seeking to empathize with individuals in this manner a mentality of contention and conflict gives way to a mentality of understanding and civility. Privately, being a disciple of Christ means I need to develop a close relationship with him. Allow his influence into my life to guide me in all thing in which I should do. I do this by doing the simple things he expects of me. I communicate with him through prayer. I study his words, both what he left in scripture, reveals through prophets and personally tells me through the Holy Spirit.