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Hi I'm Gerardo

I grew up in Houston, TX. I am an aspiring professional musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am Mexican but more Mexican-American growing up in Texas!! I've always had great ties to my cultural roots, as they are a treasure to me. I could say that I've had a decent childhood, growing up and learning. When I was a teenager, I felt like that this was the low point of my life: being made fun of, recieving fight threats, very few friends. What carried me on and did not sweep me over the cliff was the extra activites I did: playing my instrument, being an active Boy Scout, and most of all, living up to the LDS faith. I am currently a full-time college student, studying my passion: music. I am a trombonist, a singer, and a conductor. We classical/jazz musicians aren't always easily recognized in the world: Marvin Goldstein, Larry Zalkind, The 5 Browns, just to name a few. But what we do, to invite music to the heart, is what we do best. With the Spirit of Christ burning in our hearts, we (and I) can soften hearts, cool down anger, and invite the peace of mind and concience that blesses mankind.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was 8 years old. My family was Catholic but never active, so I never really formed part of the Catholic faith in spite of me knowing certian rites and teachings. I grew up in the Church knowing it was "good". But you begin to wonder if it's "really worth fighting for." I became "converted" to the Gospel and its teachings by praying about the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I did this when I was 17, and the feeling I felt was...indescribable. I felt that Scripture in the New Testament ring within me, the words of the Saviour: "...whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them...[is] founded upon a rock." (Matt. 7:24-25). I continue to follow the Gospel because of that testimony in me. Anyone can find out about the truth of these things if they're honest and willing to know; not of man or me, but of God himself.

How I live my faith

I participate in my congregation (ward) by directing the music on the principal Sunday meeting: the Sacrament meeting, where we take the bread and water to remember Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us. I go out and with my partner teach young single adults assigned to us the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been responsible for organizing events for my ward: from a school supply drive for a local elementary school to a social gathering, where we had a picnic outdoors and listened to the free, summer Houston Symphony concerts. I tend to look out and extend a helping hand, no matter the language or cultural barrier. It doesn't matter if I am pushing someone's car out of the road or chatting with a cashier: I want people to enjoy life. I let my friends know that I am LDS (Mormon): I don't drink, I don't have premarital sex, I use my energies to finish my school work, and I enjoy good, clean fun and adventure. Us Mormons aren't boring people or "prohibited, banned" from certian activities. We just simply "choose the better part."

Who are the Mormons?

The word "Mormon" is a nickname for our real short-hand name, LDS or Latter-Day Saints. The word "Mormon" comes from the Book of Mormon, a book of ancient Scripture from the Americas. It is a work similar to the Bible because it is Scripture from the Americas and testifies of Jesus Christ. "LDS", our offical acroynm, comes from the full Church name: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We believe we are living in the last days before the Second Coming of the Saviour Jesus Christ; hence, "Latter-Day". The "Saint" portion comes from all those who listen and are baptized members of the Lord's Church. Anyone, regardless of national origin, creed, economic background, or location, may be called a Saint if they are willing to do the Lord's commandments found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less