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Hi I'm Manuel

I was born and raised in Mexico. I'm a Property Manager in Arizona and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After serving a mission for the LDS Church in the northern part of Mexico, I found a patient woman that was willing to have me and married her up. I'm the lucky father of six great children. I came to the United States in 1987 and my wife helped me with the learning of English and other skills to go to college. I have learned a little bit of everything while a guest in this great country. I obtained Arizona licences in Insurance and Real Estate. I received an AAS degree in Marketing Management, and I'm working currently to obtain my pilot's licence. I enjoy flying with a passion and hope to have the ability to do this soon.

Why I am a Mormon

While living in Mexico City, not being a member of the church, I experienced something that opened my eyes. My Grandmother died many years ago and I was asked by my mother to request a Mass in memory of my Grandmother. While visiting our Spiritual Leader, I made the request of the Mass and was given a "menu" of the things I could request. After the items were selected, I was told the Mass was going to cost me a lot, and when I asked why they had to charge me for that, I was told that that was the way it was and that I could think about it. Once we could not reach a "deal" on the price, I was told politely to leave. A few years later, we, as family, went though another experience that helped us to seek God more earnestly. My oldest brother, who was married, went through a bitter divorce and we lost my niece and nephew. This caused my whole family to suffer tremendously. We saw this family dissolve in front of our eyes. We started to question our beliefs and the purpose of life. While going through this loss, my brother met a woman that was related to some members of the church. They took us to church and we started to have home visits from the Missionaries. LIFE CHANGED!!! We were able to understand the plan of our Father in Heaven and the reason to be here on earth, they taught us about the prophet Joseph Smith and the restoration of the gospel. The Elders or missionaries talked about a tradition that had been passed from generation to generation in my culture. The returning of Quetzalcoatl, the White God that reigned in America before the Spaniards discovered it. That was amazing!! For the first time, according to my understanding, we as Hispanics had an identity. We were descendants of the House of Israel. The Book of Mormon, as the Elders referred to the name of the book, is a record of the coming of Christ to the Americas after his resurrection. We became members of the church in about six weeks after we started to investigate it.

How I live my faith

Since I joined the church at 17 years old, I have been involved with it in all the programs it offers to serve others and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At 18, I went to serve an 18 month full-time mission to the northwest states of Mexico. At my return, I had the opportunity to serve in several callings or volunteer positions in my local congregation in Mexico City. At this time, two of my children have chosen to serve missions as well. My oldest daughter was called to serve in Canada and taught the Gospel in Spanish and French. My oldest son was called to preach the Gospel in the Philippines in Tagalog, Waray Waray and Cebuano. I volunteer here in the the States as an assistant to our local administrator in our congregation. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and try to share it with anyone who is looking for the reason of life.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

YES!! It is true. The record found in the Book of Mormon testify of this event. The missionaries can tell you more about it. Would you like to know more about this amazing moment in life?? Contact me and you will receive a copy of this great book. Show more Show less