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Hi I'm Raúl

I love tacos al pastor. I study why some countries are poor and others rich. I am Just Dance pro and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 27 years old and enjoy life with my wife. We enjoy trying new restaurants, specially Mexican and Tex-Mex. We also enjoy watching The Office and the King of Queens. (We find ourselves relating to Doug and Carrie in some aspects.) I like playing chess and very much enjoy reading. Some of my prefer topics are history, economics and statistics. I study why the distribution of wealth and income varies so vastly among countries. I am currently going to college, studying public policy, which boils down (for me) to economics, statistics, finance and management. I like reading fun books about random social aspects, ranging from dogs and exercise to historical philosophy. I like swimming and kick boxing. I did both of those during high school. My dad passed away when I was 21. It was a difficult time in my life. I guess you can say I've experienced the death of a really close relative. I grew up in Mexico, and I celebrate my "Mexicanity". I go there often to see some of my best friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. I am aware of the philosophical, historical, theological, christological, and social debates that surround my faith, and yet, pragmatically I like being a Mormon. The pay-off (i.e. the coolness, the peace, the social network, the support, and the safety) of being a Mormon is really the biggest benefit of being a Mormon. When I go to church and enjoy the fellowship there, I feel like home; Mormonism is really where I belong. I was trained to think like a social scientist and an historian. I am aware of the criticisms that my faith receives--anachronisms in the Book of Mormon, problems in LDS history, social aspects of living the faith--and somehow I am able to keep my faith and my religiosity in a different compartment of my mind. I don't have to reconcile everything to my theology. I tolerate discrepancies without feeling my faith is challenged. Pragmatically, those debates seem irrelevant when I bring in the pay-offs of participating in the Church. I believe in evolution and in Intelligent Design. I agree with the scientific and historical method and yet I can go to church and worship God meaningfully every Sunday. I testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ and I attest to the healing power of the atonement. I recommend this Church to anybody.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good husband, son, brother, friend, and neighbor. I live my faith by offering a caring hand to those in need. I live my faith by taking care of my mind and body. I live my faith by seeking to have fun in life. I live my faith by pondering about both the greatness and nothingness of humanity.