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Hi I'm Cisco

I build Street Rods, collect coins, and play basketball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've moved several times, including one cross-country move. My brothers, grandfather, and uncles have all served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, (I plan to as well) and I have had a lifelong dream to serve a mission. My Dad's family is all Mexican, and Growing up with them, I have had a crash course in Spanish. I enjoy doing body work on cars, especially restoring street rods. My stepdad and I have built a 1927 T roadster together, and we love to go to car shows and rod runs with it. I believe that nice cars should be driven, not stored.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a half Catholic, half Mormon family, but always attended LDS services growing up. (Except for rare Catholic masses for weddings, Christmas, etc.) I always trusted my mother's faith, but never really had a testimony of my own until my later teen years when I started to develop faith in the church and gospel, especially the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Using this as a starting point, I built on principle by principle, here a little and there a little. Eventually, after completing a thorough reading of the Book of Mormon, I came to the point all investigators and readers reach: did I know it was true? Like I said, I always trusted others' faith, but did I really know for myself? So I did as Moroni bids. Feeling a little silly (not sure why, it wasn't the first time I had prayed), I knelt down and sincerely asked God if it was true. Did Joseph Smith really see God? Did he really translate by divine power a record of an ancient people? Could I come to know this for myself? On completion of my prayer, the sweetest, surest witness only describable as an unshakable knowledge entered my very soul, and I knew. I KNEW! I knew it was all true. I knew that Christ really lived and died for me, for you, for all of us, individually and collectively. I knew that prophets old and new, spoke with and for God. I knew that Joseph Smith really saw and did what he professed to see and do. Finally, I knew that as surely as the sun rises, Christ will come again, ushering in the great Millenium, reigning personally upon the Paradisical Earth. This I know and seal with my name but more importantly in His name, even Jesus Christ, whom I love and thank, Amen.

How I live my faith

I like to think I live a fairly normal life, but then again, who among us really does? I think we all have just a little craziness in our life. In with my "normal" activities, (working three jobs to save up for later life, working out in hopes of attracting a good looking gal, and trying to keep up with laundry and cleaning at home) I also find time for "churchy" activities. I teach a sunday school class of 13-15 year-olds on Sundays, visit assigned families once a month to check to see how they are doing and teach a short gospel lesson, and help out members and non-members alike in service projects such as cutting, splitting, and stacking wood (a necessity in the cold New England climate), building decks, shoveling snow, and lugging furniture. I try to keep my thoughts and actions in line with the teachings of Christ as found in the New Testament and Book of Mormon, and also with the words of past and present Prophets. I attend meetings on a weekly basis, and somehow even find time to attend a weekly seminary class to deepen my understanding of the Scriptures. I hope I don't sound braggadocios, because I'm not that much different from a normal person. I try to balance a crazy schedule, help out whenever I can, and do my best to...well, do my best! I think that's true for most people. The gospel has enriched my experiences, given depth and direction to my life, and certainly helped me keep my head above water in times of trial. That's how I live my faith.