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Hi I'm Pablo

I grew up in Southern California. I love sports and the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California during the 80's. I was very active in my local Boy Scout troop and attended the National Scout Jamboree as a boy. My dad took me on countless backpacking and camping trips from which I gained a great love for the outdoors. My interests include playing sports, coaching and putzing around the house. I earned a degree in electrical engineering and currently work in that field. I am the father of 4 wonderful children which are my greatest joy in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised within the LDS faith. My parents were diligent in teaching me about Jesus Christ and His Gospel. I had no problems with any points of doctrine that I can recall. I accepted it as truth based on my love and trust for my parents. As I approached the age of 19, I began to prepare to serve a mission. I felt it my duty to serve. When I arrived at the Missionary Training Center (MTC), I was immersed in learning my responsibilities as a missionary and gospel lessons I was to teach. I recognized that my testimony was based on belief, not personal knowledge. Bearing your testimony is an essential part of being a missionary and I realized that I could not spend two years sharing a message that I was not certain was true. I truly desired to know for myself that the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I studied and prayed more earnestly and sincerely than ever before. One afternoon, my instructor was demonstrating how to give the first lesson to someone investigating the Church. He spoke of Heavenly Father's love for his children and about Jesus Christ's atonement for my sins. I had heard these things my entire life, yet I was captivated by the message. As he began to share Joseph Smith's experience in the grove, I felt a wave of warmth begin to wash over me. As he continued it intensified and completely consumed my entire body. I recognized it as the Holy Ghost testifying to me beyond any possible doubt that what I was hearing was true. From that moment forward, I KNEW that this IS the Church of Jesus Christ, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon is true. This was the turning point in my life.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ is an integral part of my life. I enjoy serving and teaching others and have many opportunities to do so. Over the years I have worked with children, teenagers and adults in a variety of capacities, to which in the Church we refer to as "callings". I currently teach a mission preparation class for young men and women who are preparing to serve a mission. In addition to serving in the Church, I have also been involved in a variety of things in my community. I have coached various youth sports teams for many years. I have served on committees and boards in my HOA. I have organized blood drives and carnival-like events for families. I have participated in clothing drives for the school district in which I live. I try to live a Christ-like life and to be an example to others in both word and deed. I enjoy serving others and find great joy in doing so. I honestly consider it a privilege to help my fellow brothers and sisters. I consider myself to be a happy person. While I have my share of disappointments and failures, I know that I am of worth to my Heavenly Father and that he does not desire me to be sad. This knowledge is the foundation of my self-esteem. I know that as I serve others inside and outside of my family, I am also serving my Father in Heaven.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Pablo
The temple is holy and special place. It is not secret, but sacred. Anyone may enter after they have sufficently prepared themselves. In the temple there is an atmosphere of peace and reverence, which is an ideal setting for contemplation, meditation and learning. We are taught about God's plan for each of His children. We learn about essential ordinances needed to return to our Heavenly Father. We also have the opportunity to act as a proxy or stand-in for those who died without the opportunity to hear the Gospel and receive these ordinances for themselves. This is a very special privilege for me personally as I am able to be a proxy for members of my family. The fundamental unit of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the family. In the temple, a husband and wife and their children can be joined together as a family unit not just for this earth life, but for all eternity. This joining, or "sealing" as we call it, is one of my most cherished blessings. To have the promise that my family will be mine forever and that death cannot permanently separate us brings me great joy and peace. Show more Show less