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Hi I'm Abe

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Valencia, California, the sixth son of eight children (seven boys and one girl). My father held many jobs in order to support the needs of our family. When I was four we moved to a small town in Utah. I enjoyed playing sports and have always been highly involved in religious, academic, and civic activities in the community. In high school, I made the All-State Soccer and Utah Olympic Development Teams. I tested to receive my class E certification and began volunteering as a soccer coach. With regards to civic activities, I received my Eagle Scout and have recently served as a scoutmaster. I grew up working side by side with my dad and older brothers from milking cows to stuccoing homes. If we wanted something we had to work for it. Speaking of work the six months I spent at basic training and AIT was some of the most rewarding and stimulating time I have had in my life. My wife and I married two weeks before the end of my sophomore college semester, and a week later reported for basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Both of us. We were not in the same company. Saw each other across the parade deck occasionally. Not the sunny sandy beaches that most of us want for a honeymoon. On our return to school, I joined the ROTC. I elected active duty upon my graduation from college. Commissioning as a Second Lieutenant into the Medical Service Corps was long awaited. I am now currently attending the Army Baylor Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.

Why I am a Mormon

My religion has made a huge impact on my life for the better. It has helped me to make life choices that have made me who I am today. I have been taught hard work and determination can get you anywhere. We have had a family motto all growing up that is “We never give up we win with the Lord”. My mother, the true General, maintained an organized and caring home (not an easy feat amongst a troop of terrorizing boys). My parents taught me the importance of hard work and a true understanding of success. At the end of my freshman year in college, I left for a two year mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil. I learned the Portuguese language and the Brazilian culture. It was a privilege to voluntarily participate in giving humanitarian aid, English lessons, and teaching people about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I now have two daughters who have blessed my life, one who is 6, and the youngest who was born right before I left to Iraq on my deployment. As a father, I am instilling the same important values in my daughters that I so arduously learned from my own father (Mormon Living). Families are one of the single most important part of our religion and knowing that we can be together forever brings me comfort while I am away. This religion makes me happy and helps me through all the trials in my life.

How I live my faith

Each morning we arise bright and early as a family to sing songs of praise to God, pray and than read the scriptures before starting our day. Each Monday night we gather together as a family to have a spiritual lesson, game, and a treat. We take turns being in charge of the lesson the game or the treat. Once a week I meet with the youth of the church to learn from the scriptures have a fun activity or work on scouting. On Sundays we attend church. I am currently working with the youth that attend my church and it is so much fun. We do all sort of activities from dancing to skating to wake boarding. We strive to instill principles of righteous living into each young man and woman.