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Hi I'm Efrain

Im a swimmer, a basketball player, a tennis player, a dancer, a missionary and a Mormon

About Me

I was raised in Utah and lived there pretty much all my life. My father is from Mexico and I got to go to Mexico to visit family quite a bit. My mother is from the United States and met my father at BYU. . I enjoy Swimming Sprints and was on my schools swim team, if you ask me swimming is The REAL MANS sport. I also enjoy Basketball, I was raised playing it and will play it until the day I die. I am a Ballroom dancer and especially enjoy Latin Dancing. I love going to school, my favorite areas of study are Medicine, Law and Business. I am to attend school when I return from my mission, and would like to get a double major in Health Care Administration and Business. I probably talk too much but I love to talk with anyone who will listen, that’s one of the reasons I enjoy missionary work so much and why it’s so hard sometimes. Me gusta hacer de todo los deportes, pero tambien me gusta estudiar y aprender cosas nuevos.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a LDS family, and from an early age I enjoyed going to church, sure there would be times when I faked sick to not have to go but what little kid hadn’t. I enjoyed Primary classes for little children between the ages of 3-12 and had made great friends. As I got older I enjoyed learning more about the gospel and how to be a better person myself. I got to the point in my life where I had to know whether this was actually true or it was not. I had never really read the book of Mormon on my own and in seminary when I was fourteen we were challenged to read it and gain a testimony of our own. My testimony belief was based on my parent’s testimony, I didn’t really know for myself if it were true or not. I had always enjoyed going to church but I didn’t know 100 whether it was true, I decided to take the challenge and learn for myself. It took me well over a month to read the book and to receive my answer about the church, the answer I got wasn’t something new to me, instead it was you already know that it’s true the feeling that I got from church was the holy ghost confirming to me that it was true, not just me having a good time. After learning of this church for myself, I wouldn't trade my joy within this church for anything in the world.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith is evident in my daily actions, I strive to live worthily to be called by the name of Jesus Christ as it says on my name tag. I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Un Misionero de La Iglesia De JesuCristo De Los Santos De Los Ultimos Dias. I am serving in the Ohio, Cleveland mission, Spanish speaking. I am grateful for the opportunity I was given to serve a mission for the church, to be able to share the joy that the church brings to me and my family with others. I live my faith by being an example for those around me, I am not the best but I will be my best as I live my faith as best as I can.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Efrain
The one way to know if this is truly Christ’s church restored on the earth is to read the book of Mormon, to sincerely want to know and ask about it. You must be willing to act on the answer you receive, when you receive and answer that the church is true you must be willing to align your life with the standards Christ has set for us. If the book of Mormon is true then Joseph Smith was a prophet, if he was a prophet than the church he restored is Christ’s church, if this is the true church then we do have a living prophet on the earth today who leads us and guides us. I know for myself that this church is true, you can know if it’s true for yourself. My job is not to convince but to guide people to the truth and allow them to decide for themselves, as a missionary I invite you to learn for yourself. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Efrain
Well, my favorite answer for this is found on a CES talk by Brad Wilcox called "His grace is sufficient" I most whole heartedly agree that without his grace we would not be able to live with our heavenly father again one day. As we try and are willing to follow his example and keep his commandments we will be able to live with our father in heaven again one day, none of us will ever be able to do our best everyday, none of us are working at 100 % everyday but Jesus Chirst knows what we can do and if we try he will make up all the difference. 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?

Efrain
Women don’t hold the priesthood because they have different roles to play then men, while a woman is to have children and naturally has a nurturing side, men are to provide in both a spiritual and temporal sense. In today’s world women also work but I believe that mainly men should be the provider. I don’t say this to sound chauvinistic but because I believe that women are better than that and should not be reduced to the menial labor that a man should do. The priesthood is given to men because they like women have specific duties and one is to be the patriarch of the family to guide them in the ways of the lord. Women lead the church in that they also have callings within the church and help provide for those around them. One of the groups in which women do this is called the relief society. The relief society is the Lord’s organization for women. Through Relief Society, women have an official role in the Church. The purpose of Relief Society, as established by the Lord, is to organize, teach, and inspire His daughters to prepare them for the blessings of eternal life. Show more Show less