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Hi I'm JPMarichal

I grew up in an atheyst family, but I was looking for God and I found Him. Now I'm a mormon and I've served God with all my love.

About Me

I'm married, sealed in the temple, with a beautiful family. My daughter is 12 years old and my son 9 years old. I work as project leader in a systems department. I like to draw, to read and to write. In Church I've served as missionary, teacher and bishop.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an atheyst family, with my great-parents, and they didn't share with me any religious education. But something deep inside me told there was a God. At the age of 12 I was able to reunite with my mother and to be in contact with other ways of thought. A New Testament came to my hands and I read it avidly. I felt deeply touched by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. I started to look for the true Church. Two years later I was introduced to the mormon missionaries. Through the discussions with them everything seemed to make sense, and all my doubts faded. Once they told me about the Book of Mormon: "Has been this book written by a man?" They encouraged me to pray in order to know by myself. I did it. I read 4 chapters of the book, then I prayed. I suddenly felt a warm sensation in all my body and around me, embracing my being. It was a very warm contact of love, acceptation, surety and peace. It was beyond my expectations. I surely knew that the Book of Mormon was true. I also concluded that if it was true, then God wouldn't deliver the truth to a false prophet, so I knew Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and then the Church of JesusChrist of Latter-day Saints was also the true Church of JesusChrist over the earth. I was so impressed tears were in my eyes. I don't know how much the experience lasted, but I can delete that impressions within my hearth. There are still with me. I decided to baptize. More peace and some miracolous experiences followed that decision. It was impossible to deny God in such impressing circumstances. I baptized and I went into a mission. Some years after I was able to know a marvelous woman and to marry with her for time and eternity in a sacred temple. God has preserved her life and the life of our children.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a Church leader in my ward, and I try to involve in community projects and to encourage others to live the gospel. Some times this involves me with youth, some times with single adults, some times with adults and grown people. I'm happy to presence the development in the lifes of those people I serve. Through service I've become to know happiness is not a concept, but it's real, becoming effective through the teachings and ordinances of the gospel of JesusChrist.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

JPMarichal
Definitively. I personally got a big love for the Bible because my first contact with Christ was by the reading of the New Testament. I had not previous religious education, and I felt impressed about the personality of Jesus through this mean. After baptizing in The Church of JesusChrist of Latter-Day Saints I've taken several biblical courses, then, in turn I have been able to teach some advanced courses in the Old and New Testament within the Church. I love the Old Testament as well as the New Testament and I try to read them fully, learning more and more. There are many biblical mentions to other sacred books, not contained within the current Bible. Because the Bible presents this possibility, it's not hard to accept other books as Scripture, provided that there's a consistency in doctrine and practice. The Bible talks about a particular ancient book that would be written in a distant land, by Joseph's descendants and then buried, discovered and translated. Now I know that the Book of Mormon is this book prophecied by the Bible and that they gaves a joint testimony of the love of God for all his children. Show more Show less