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Hi I'm Rex

I love Mexican food. I live around a lot of Mexicans. I practically am Mexican. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of four children by far. Virtually everyone in my family is a lawyer. Yes, you can say that I come from a lineage of bloodsucking vampires destined to take over the world. I am incredibly sarcastic at times, you must forgive me. Though I was born in the United States and have lived here the majority of my life, I had the awesome opportunity to live in Qatar for four years. I spent the majority of my high school life there. I traveled to many places while living in the Middle East and I was able to participate on an international level with musicians, politicians and athletes. My experiences there have shaped my worldview drastically here in the United States. I am now serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I spend the majority of my days talking to people in Spanish in the city of Seattle. I try and help people realize that it is more important to have a true and lasting relationship with God and Jesus Christ than being so heavily involved in "worldly things."

Why I am a Mormon

I will not lie: I am a Mormon by birth more than by choice. Like so many who believe in the things that their fathers were told, I hold to the belief that my parents have given me. I thank them for teaching me to be a true Son of God. I grew up strong in the church. I was active. I did what I was told and was obedient. I truly was happy. Even when I lived in the Middle East I was converted through and through. Despite the obvious religious and political tension that it would sometimes cause in my classroom, I was not afraid to tell people that I knew that Christ's true church was on the earth again. It wasn't until I went on a mission that a lot of my beliefs were put into question. As many of you may know, being a Mormon missionary is not glamorous work. More often than not we are yelled at, laughed at, rejected harshly, made fun of and, quite frequently, told that we are "sheltered and ignorant as to what REAL Christianity is." In truth, the day I flew to my mission I had the painful displeasure to sit next to someone who, for the next three and a half hours, would spout to me why my religion was wrong and how my missionary work would not be accepted among true believers of Christ. Obviously I was shaken. To make it worse, only a week into my missionary service I tore my ACL on accident and had to return home for three and a half months. When I returned home, I began to replace my love with hate and ultimately I drove myself to anger against anything or everything. People had badgered me, told me I was wrong, wrongfully accused me and ultimately I was ready to bring railing for railing at that point. In short, I couldn't do what God had asked me to: To forgive our debtors. That is when I found that the Atonement of Christ truly is at the center of all things pertaining to His church. The things that we are not able to overcome on our own are overcome already by the power of Christ's everlasting Atonement. I know that to be true.

How I live my faith

Because of the things that have tried me in my life--however small they may be in comparison to those who truly have suffered for their testimony--I have grown closer to my Savior in some small way. I choose to follow his restored Gospel. Through faith in Christ, I can take on challenges that otherwise would have made me cringe at the very thought of doing. Believe me, Missionary work is hard! Through repentance I can feel my burdens being lifted off my shoulders. Many people want to have that feeling, but hate, anger and despair often keep them from having it. I know that the Atonement washes away such feelings. It does take practice, sincere humility and patience. However, I know that there is happiness--true happiness--within doing these things. I never have to feel torn apart. Through serving and persevering life I have found treasures that cannot be held on earth. These are just a few things that help me live my faith. As I strive to "preach Christ crucified," I have found that no pain that I suffer is ever wasted. It has ministered to my own education, has made me easilier entreated and ultimately I have an assurance of God's love for me at all times. I know what I say to be true. I am Rex. I AM A MORMON.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Rex
There is the old phrase, "A little piece of heaven on earth is found at home." This holds more significance than people may realize. The family is central to God's design. In reality, it is the overall pattern of the heavens. We learn in the scriptures and through living prophets that God literally is our Heavenly Father. Therefore, we are in a "spiritual and heavenly" family, all being brothers and sisters. From the first moments of life until we start to build our own family, we learn and gain experience. Just as Jesus Christ came down to earth to fulfill the will of the Father, he gained incredible insight into the sufferings of His people so that he would be able to understand how to help them, or, as the scriptures say, "succor his people." (Alma 7:11) This was a process of learning for him just as much as it is for us in today's world. Christ's learning here on earth--growing "grace by grace"--prepared him to fulfill the greatest achievement ever known on the earth: The Atonement of our sins. But I assure you that Christ would never have been able to do such a thing if he did not have a good mom and dad. Our families prepare us, train us, love us and care for us so that we can one day be ready to return to the presence of the Father and understand the true order of heaven. That is why strong family values are of such importance to Mormons. We all want to follow the Savior's example, but we are going to need help, both here on earth and in heaven. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Rex
So I will go back to the real questions here: What is Christianity? What constitutes a "Christian?" What supreme belief or watermark is there to separate a Christian from something else? Christianity, as a clear-cut definition, is the religious-philosophical movement in which believers center their ideology and belief upon Jesus of Nazareth. Bear in mind, said philosophy can vary INCREDIBLY within this realm of belief. Lets use an example. By definition, Messianic Jews would be classified as Christian because they are, in fact, believers of Jesus Christ and center their Old Testament philosophy directly upon him. At the same time certain evangelical groups would cringe at the very thought of Jews being part of Christendom. There is a similar clash that occurs between Mormons and other Christian groups. People cringe at the idea of Mormons being Christians for a whole myriad of reasons. Many are simply misinformed or told straight up lies about our religion. Others do not completely understand their own beliefs and Christianity in general. Others are petrified of organized religion while others may dislike certain points of doctrine so much that they overlook any redeeming qualities and focus only on the bad. Personally, Mormonism is Christianity personified. Though it may differ greatly from other sects, such dichotomy is not all that uncommon in the history of religion. After all, Jesus was a Jew before he was a Christian. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Rex
We believe that the greatest gift from God is, "eternal life." (Doctrine and Covenants 14:7) This gift is the ability to live with our Father in Heaven and to receive all the blessings that come from drawing closer to Him. The scriptures say, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9) In short, these "things" spoken about are truly that great and final gift we receive at the end of our lives. If we are faithful and obey the commandments of the Lord given in the holy scriptures and in the revelation given in this day, there is nothing impeding us from receiving this precious gift of eternal life. Show more Show less