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Hi I'm Guillermo Sanchez

I was born and raised in El Paso, TX, served 30 years in Law Enforcement and retired and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in, what is now known as, the Chamizal area of El Paso, Texas in the 1950's. In 1962, I was taught the gospel and was baptized into the church by missionaries serving in that area. We lived about a block from the Rio Grande, which was also known as the Rio Bravo, and I just loved to walk over to the river and capture any wildlife we could get our hands on. This area was given back to Mexico by President John F. Kennedy and in 1965 our family had to move out before the area was completely razed. My parents purchased a house in the lower valley in El Paso. Our parents had one girl and six boys, in that order. I attended and graduated from Riverside High School in it's 1st graduating class. After working at several odd jobs, I was hired by the El Paso Fire Department and worked there for about 3.5 years, when I decided I needed to serve a full-time mission for the church and served in the California Ventura Mission and met many wonderful people. After my mission, I was hired by the El Paso Police Department and 1.5 years later, by the US Border Patrol and assigned to Cotulla, TX. I became a Criminal Investigator after 3.5 years as a Border Patrol Agent and assigned to El Paso, TX. I transferred to Denver, CO in 1996 and in 2000 was hired as the Resident Agent In Charge in Brush, CO. In 2003, the Department Of Homeland Security was created and became my new employer. I retired in 2009 and in 2010, my wife and I served a 1-year mission at the Family History Library.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1962, as a result of my mother's request, a couple of young missionaries started teaching my family about Jesus Christ and his Gospel. Even though I was Christian, the lessons taught by these young men made much sense and we decided to become members of the church. Since then, I have learned much about the Atonement and our responsibilities in making that effective in my life. This has brought meaning and purpose to my everyday life and activity and I enjoy many blessings as I follow His commandments. The Gospel of Jesus Christ includes a responsibility to our ancestors and it is only in his Church that I am able to work and perform important ordinances for my ancestors.

How I live my faith

As I get older, I have learned that it is very crucial that each person help others. One of the main purposes we come to this earth is to give of ourselves and fight the selfish nature of the natural man. All commandments fall into two categories; 1-Love God and 2-Love Your Neighbor. Following these have brought much joy and purpose to my life. I am very thankful for the many blessings I receive as I follow the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Guillermo Sanchez
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for every person who has, or will ever live on this earth. It includes several ordinances and covenants that every individual follower of Christ should make, and baptism is one of those ordinances. Many people have lived and died without the chance to hear about Christ and get baptized. One of the purposes of Temples is to perform baptisms by proxy for these people. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Guillermo Sanchez
I truly believe that we must be doers of the word and not hearers only and I apply this true principle to how to know if Mormonism is true. I have to study with real intent and then ask our Heavenly Father if it is true. After we have done our work, we will get an answer to our questions. Show more Show less