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Hi I'm Omar Valverde

I grew up in Texas as a first generation American. I am an artistic minded Aerospace Engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico shortly after their marriage. I came from a family where higher education was a far off dream. Still, I had wonderful parents, especially a mother, who taught us that not only was it okay to dream big, but also to work hard in order to accomplish those dreams. Since both my parents were new to the United States, they were unaware of the wonderful opportunities that existed in order to develop the one's different talents. So they relied on the school system and their extra curricular activities. Growing up I pretty much participated in every sport possible. Football, soccer, track, street hockey, and basketball to name a few. I could never really make up my mind of which was my favorite. It remains that way to this day. While my sport side was being satisfied, I also enrolled in band and learned how to play french horn. I am very grateful that for those years in middle school and high school when I was involved in music. I gave me the ability to communicate in whole new language, a language I think is sometimes easier to express one's emotions. I also love theater. To me it was just a way to play pretend. Its a way to ensure I can always be a kid at heart. Through it all though I found a passion in engineering and particularly in Aerospace. I would dream about working for NASA, a dream I got to fulfill. I am now in Grad School, earning my PhD in Aerospace Engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

In a world where uncertainty seems to creep up everywhere, whether it be the market, school, politics, or even friendships, I am eternally grateful that I stand upon a foundation of truth. I am Mormon because its truth. Total and complete. To this day I can't adequately explain how I know that, I just know that I do. My parents converted years before my birth, though my father was inactive for much of my life. I heard about the gospel all through my childhood. Still, as wonderful as that was, it wasn't hearing my mother talk about the gospel that prompted me get baptized and continue in the gospel. It was this feeling that I had. A feeling that I has never left me. It is a feeling of love. A love I felt coming from somewhere. There seemed no identifiable source for the love I was feeling. All I knew is that it never left me. It protected me in times of sadness, and any feelings of loneliness never lasted long. It was an internal light that shined. As I was being taught about baptism, I understood that the source for the love was Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Then I understood that I was a spiritual son of Heavenly Father. That He loved me. That Jesus Christ love me so much that he sacrificed his life so I would never be alone. And above all else that the precepts that I would learn throughout my life within the gospel where more that just the doctrines of a religion. They were eternal truths that governed the universe. And above all else, that I mattered in that universe. I know the God lives and that his son, Jesus Christ gave his life so that we could have eternal life. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and the Holy Scriptures contain the word of the God that created us. I know this to be truth. The things that I have learned in all my academic world pale against the significance of this truth in my life.

How I live my faith

The phrase "I would die for this," is very common place in our society. Its an expression to illustrate the importance of something in our life. With my faith, though, I feel as if it goes beyond that. The phrase I would use is, "I live for my faith." Through my years as an undergraduate student and especially now as a graduate student, I have found that I stand out as an individual. Mainly because of the standards that I have. Its a common theme among most students who are Mormon. So one of things I try to do is create sociable environments that reflect our standards but invite everyone to participate. Its a very false precept that you have to be "bad" in order to have fun. I like to create the situations that prove that to be entirely incorrect. Rather the most memorable experiences in this life will be when we are engaged in good and wholesome activities. The activities can range from going to a movie but ensuring we pick a good movie, to social dances either at the church, or just getting together and playing games. I think this is also important for those of whose who share the same faith. Its easy to be discouraged when it seems as if everything is trying to pull us away from what we hold dear. That in order to have some sort of entertainment, some things must be compromised. I refute that. So instead of just talking about it, I do it. Above all it has led me to acquire some amazing friendships. These friendships are dear to me because each one teaches me something profound. I can honestly say that that I have been more blessed by all pf this than anybody else. Mainly because it has served as a testimony to be that yes there is still good in this world. God is still in charge. God sent us to a world filled with righteousness and with a little effort we can find it. How grateful I am for a truth I can live for.