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Hi I'm Vic Garcia

I'm a Mormon. I joined the church when I was 14 years old in Minot, North Dakota. I am 48, married with 5 children, one grandkid.

About Me

I am a husband and father of five children and have one grandchild. I grew up in a military family spending a lot of time overseas - I was born in Naples, Italy. I'm nice and funny and have lots of compassion for people. I am the Branch President of a Spanish-speaking congregation in San Marcos, TX. I have worked in Sales for 14 years, most recently for a security company. I love art and music. I love athletics and have played many sports throughout my life including basketball, football, tennis, baseball and softball. I also like to jog and swim and just be outside when it's not too hot! I have two brothers and a sister. Only my sister is a member of the church. I have several nieces and nephews. My daughter says I am funny, friendly and a good coach/encourager of others and a good public speaker. I have been married for 26 years to a wonderful, beautiful woman who is also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We were married in the Dallas, TX temple. We enjoy doing many things together including gardening and tennis. We both love to read. I have two married children and one at school at BYU in Utah. I have two younger children at home, one son in high school and one daughter who is almost 12. We have a dog named Cleo who is 5 years old. We got her from an animal shelter near here. She is part Red Heeler and full of energy - she still acts like a puppy! My family is the most important thing in my life. I love them with all my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a faithful Catholic by my sweet parents. They were very faithful in their church and took us to church every Sunday and every holy day of obligation as well. I always felt that there was a God as I had several prayers answered as a young child. When I was 13, my older sister began researching other religions until she found the Mormon Church and converted. She shared many of her experiences with me in which her prayers were answered regarding very personal questions she had and assistance she felt she had received from God. Her talks with me fired my interest and soon I was sitting down listening to the Mormon missionaries as they explained the answers to the questions, "where did we come from? why are we here? and where do we go after this life?" The answers they provided to these questions rang true immediately in my heart and gave me a sense of peace. The missionaries challenged me to read the Book of Mormon and to pray and ask God if it was true. I read through the whole book (it took me about a year) and prayed many times. I felt that it was probably true but was searching for a firm conviction from God. Finally, after I finished the book, I felt prompted to ask God for forgiveness of my sins. Then I asked Him if the Book of Mormon was true. I felt a strong warm feeling wash over my whole body and I knew that was my answer. The next day, as I sat with the missionaries and told them I was ready to be baptized the warm feeling returned as a confirmation that I had made the right decision. This taught me that God wants us to make our own decisions first and then He will confirm whether it is right or wrong - He will not make decisions for us. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ has continually confirmed to me that the original decision I made to join His church was the right one. I know that He lives and am grateful that He guides us today through living Prophets and Apostles just like those of old. Their words inspire and direct us today.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the Mormon church now for almost 34 years. During that time I have served in many volunteer positions in the church that have enriched my life by serving others. Even as a young man soon after my baptism, I was asked to serve in position helping other young men of my age. When I turned 19, I volunteered to serve a mission for the church with the possibility of serving almost anywhere in the world. I was assigned to serve in Santiago and northern Chile and did so for 18 months teaching and baptizing those who were interested in the church. It was a defining moment in my life. It was my first time away from home and taught me to rely on God as never before. I saw miracles occur as people's lives changed as they were exposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also saw the sick healed and many prayers answered. I learned what it truly means to forget oneself as my job 24 hours a day for those 18 months was to seek the welfare of others. Many very poor Chileans offered us missionaries their last or only slice of bread and treated us like angels in gratitude for bringing them the gospel. My mission has served as the spiritual foundation for the rest of my life. The principles I learned there continue to govern how I live today - serve others, pray always, love God and be obedient and diligent and work hard. Today, in our family, we are very active in our faith. We gather at least twice a day to pray as a family and study a little from the Bible and Book of Mormon after dinner. We go to church every Sunday and learn how to live our faith better. We believe in being kind to our neighbors no matter what their faith, sexual orientation, race or national origin. We try to be active in our community through staying aware of politics, campaigning and voting. My son and I worked on the campaign of our neighbor for City Council. We have supported our son in Scouting and his recent Eagle project will have a lasting positive impact here where we live.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Vic Garcia
Joseph Smith was a great man and an important early leader of our church, however we do not worship him. The name of this church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for a reason - it is the Lord Jesus Christ's church and we believe He guides and directs it. We worship Him and His Father, our Heavenly Father only. Show more Show less