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Hi I'm Jaime

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happy father of 4 children and have a lovely wife. I was born and raised in Guatemala and English is a second language to me. I love languages, currently I can communicate in 4 different languages Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Italian. I am trying to learn two more Russian and Japanese and I have a goal to learn Hebrew at some point in life. I love sports basketball in particular, but I enjoy playing many different ones. Life however hard has been very good to me, I have learned that a trial or a difficult situation can be turned very easily to the benefit it was intended to be. I enjoy reading books that are inspiring and which provide knowledge and fulfillment. Opportunities for growth are at every corner of our lives, I have found that the secret to taking full advantage of the opportunities lies on my attitude towards it.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have taken advantage of a very powerful promise, and as simple as it may sound all it took was to ask. My parents at one point in their lives were not members of the Mormon Church in Guatemala however through the help of missionaries they were given simple lessons which taught them about the Mormon beliefs. One of those beliefs consists of the existence of more scripture comparable to the Bible and also the existence of a Prophet and Apostles as it were when Jesus established his church during His life on earth. In their previous religion this was not accepted as possible, and in some ways was even considered as not being of God. With the investigation of this church came also the challenge to read parts of the Book of Mormon, think sincerely about those passages of scripture, also about the new things they were leaning, and finally to take it to God and ask Him if the book along with the teachings of this religion were not only correct but true. My Dad was first, before he met my Mother he was taught about this church. My Dad followed this pattern and found out for himself that these things which he was learning and reading were true and correct, so he changed his life style and became a member of the church through baptism. Later in his life when he met my Mother he introduced her to this church, my Mom was a devout member of another faith however, she found these teachings to also be true by following the same pattern my Father had done. In our religion we are all challenged to seek this witness and answer for ourselves. Even though I was raised as a member of the Mormon Church, I too had to follow the same pattern and experience for myself what my parents and millions of others have. I am a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture, it supports and confirms, and clarifies the messages echoed by the Prophets in the New and Old Testament. I also know that we have a Prophet called of God living amongst us, and this Prophet is supported by 12 Apostles who are special witnesses of Jesus Christ. All of these things I know, because of a simple question from me to God. He gave me a simple answer through the Holy Spirit. The promise is real I know it and so can anyone who takes the simple challenge to the test, the answer will come in the form described by the Apostle Paul to the Galatians in the book of Galatians chapter 5 and verses 22-23 it will be as the result of the Savior's promise in John chapter 14 and verse 26, it is that simple.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be good to others, understanding that undoubtedly imperfection and mortality are factors. I live my faith keeping in mind that there is a greater plan, and the plan is controlled by a loving Father in Heaven, whose desires are to give us His love and help. There are times in my life when challenges appear to be so great that causes me to have sorrow knowing that God wants me to succeed and not fail however, gives me the strength I need to overcome those challenges and find peace an optimism to enjoy the challenge or test. This is the faith I live for, I live for the faith that as child of a God I can take advantage of his wonderful gift the gift of his Son. Jesus came to earth to teach me us how we need to be, to bridge the gap in between natural men / women and God, and to provide a way for us to return to live with them if I we so choose . Jesus died for me for us He paid the ultimate penalty so that I we can be forgiven, cleansed, and ultimately allowed to be back in His presence. I live my faith knowing this in my heart, that the greatest antidote anyone can every hope for and which will cure all aches and pains of heart, mind, soul, and spirit are found within the gospel of Jesus Christ. This knowledge and faith helps me to strive in doing good to others. 

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No, Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was a boy in upstate New York who wanted to know what he should do in regards to religion and which church he should join. In the early 1800’s especially where Joseph resided, there was much searching of truth by many individuals and families equally as numerous were many different religions preaching and professing to have the truth. This caused confusion amongst honest seekers of truth, as one denomination would argue against the other…in some ways much like it is today. One organization will interpret passages of scripture and others will either agree or disagree depending on what is thought by the person. From the 1800’s to today we have not changed much, questions are still happening in peoples’ minds all of the time, I’ve been fortunate enough to encounter many people in my life who will tell me, that they have always felt that a particular scripture is not necessarily interpreted in a way that makes sense to them internally. Through the Prophet Joseph Smith we as Mormons have received another testament of Jesus Christ. One of the assignments given to Joseph was to translate an ancient record which was titles the Book of Mormon from one of the Prophets who wrote part of the book. This record is considered a companion volume of scripture to the Bible to us Mormons, it is also known as the keystone of our religion, the reason for this is because of the implications that this book of scripture provides to our faith. We are all invited and even challenged to ask God directly to find out if this book is a true book of scripture, the reason for this is because after reading, thinking about what it says, and then praying to God one can know if the book really come from Him. Once a person does this and finds out that it is in actual fact that this book is a book of scripture, it is then almost automatic in one’s mind that the person who would have translated the book from its original language, would have done so under the direction, the gift, and Power of God in essence one will know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet called of God to restore, and re-organizer His Church in this day and age however, we are still challenged to find out if Joseph was truly called of God. Because Mormons believe that God has in fact answered their prayers that the Book of Mormon is true, and that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, there is a common misconception that we worship Joseph Smith. One of many reasons why as Mormons we love and respect Joseph very much is because first of all we know he was a Prophet of God and also because he ultimately was killed by a mob together with brother Hyrum Smith who was his best friend. They were killed because of what they stood for, believed, witnessed, and shared with others. How be it, that a person would be willing to give up his life, having a lovely wife, and wonderful children, a wonderful mother, father, brothers, and sisters who would be left behind to mourn, sorrow and suffer without a son, a brother, a husband, a father for some made up story about a visitation from Deity and the translation of a book claimed to be scripture? Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith, instead we love him, respect him, and regarding as a man of God for he truly was. Show more Show less