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Hi I'm Assad

I was an engineer at 17 then was a jazz dancer. Now, I'm a husband, a father, a business consultant, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a member of the church. Since very early I had a lot of interest in science. When I was 14 years old, I went into a special government program that would give me an A.S. degree in engineering in four years. By the time I was 18, I was working as a project manager for one of the biggest engineering companies in the country. I could then afford to turn a dream into reality. I always wanted to dance professionally. In addition to my job, I went to ballet and jazz classes for over 12 hours per week. At that time, I also started dating the love of my life. She was a wonderful young woman who helped me be better in everything I did. We had dreams of getting married and opening a dance studio together. A couple of years later, she helped me prepare to serve as a missionary for the church. I served a mission for two years. But when I came back, we had a disconnection that would change our lives. Maybe because we were both shy, we both thought that the other had moved on while in reality we still loved each other deeply. So, we moved on. We moved half a world away from each other and got married to other people. After some time, both of our marriages ended up in divorce. Then after 19 years, we found each other again. We were then living somewhat close to each other. Even though we were still a little shy, we both decided that we would not miss another opportunity to tell each other how we felt. Now, we are happily married and have a wonderful family.

Why I am a Mormon

The best reason I can give of why I'm a Mormon is because it is true. Even though I grew up in the church, my parents were not members when I was little. I remember my grandfather telling us stories of my ancestors. He said that the legend in our family was that our ancestors were Jewish who were converted to Christianity by the preaching of the original apostles some 2,000 years ago. Fast forward to the 20th century. My family had left the Middle East and settled in the American continent. My parents and grandparents were Catholic, but not very active. They would go to mass occasionally. When I was about three years old, my parents were baptized in the church. But shortly after, we moved to a place far from any church and my parents almost forgot what the little that they had learned. But my father always reminded us that we were Mormon. During that time, my grandmother gave me a book that had the story of the bible written in prose. I remember reading all the stories and while marveling at the miracles and, since I did not know much about the church, I wondered why was it that the great miracles and prophets and everything that happened in the bible times does not happen anymore. A few years later, we moved to a different area and my neighbors, without knowing that my parents were members of the church, invited my little sister and I to go to church with them. The first time I stepped into the church building, I knew that I was home. I know that this is the church that my ancestor searched for centuries. After my sister and I, my parents went back to the church and later, my grandparents were baptized as well. The Gospel of Jesus Christ in its entirety makes a lot of logical sense. It may not have the answers for everything, but it has all the answers that we need. But it is not logic or analysis that makes it true. It is the powerful witness of the Holy Ghost that tells me that this is the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

In the church, I had the opportunity to serve in many different areas. Since, we do not have a professional clergy, there is no ''career path'' for a person to follow. So you never know what you will be called to do next. I have worked with Young Men, adults, and children in various positions both as a leader and as a teacher. Currently, I work with the new Boy Scouts preparing them to receive their First Class rank and at the same time preparing them to be ordained to the Priesthood as Deacons. Working with 11-year-old boys is a lot of fun but it can also be exhausting. It was through my church positions with the Boy Scouts that I had the opportunity to volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America in training leaders in Wood Badge course and train scout Commissioners. A friend once told me that this life is all about how we treat others. I believe that serving in church callings, serving in the community, and quietly serving others individually are some of the most rewarding experiences in life.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

We came to this life to learn. But just like in school, we make mistakes. That's part of the learning process. The problem is that our mistakes have consequences that are natural and eternal. The natural consequences help us learn from these mistakes, but the eternal ones may keep us from one day living in the presence of our Heavenly Father. Our mistakes are similar to creating a financial debt so big that we are put in prison for it. The condition for our release is the payment of the debt. But we can't make any money while in prison. So we can't pay our own debt. We can't pay someone else's debt either because the imprisonment and the debt are both consequences of a mistake and they go together. If I take someone else's debt, I have to take the prison sentence that comes with it. That payment required someone who could take our prison sentence upon Himself and still pay our debt. How is that possible? That's the miracle of the atonement of Jesus Christ. That's the reason why He and only He could take upon Himself all of our sins and mistakes and save us from the eternal consequences of those actions. As we go through life and learn to have faith in Jesus Christ, learn to recognize our mistakes and gradually change our lives, and make a covenant with our Heavenly Father through baptism that we will continue to do so, the Holy Spirit will help us became better every day and the salvation that Jesus Christ performed for us will become effective in our lives and forever. Show more Show less