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Hi I'm Pablo

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 5 children & the only member. At 6.5 years of age I was made a ward of the state of California & lived in several different foster homes. My brother & sisters as we were separated & they lived in more homes than I did. It was a pretty unstable life. Even though Spanish is my native tongue, we were beaten for speaking it. So I don't speak it now. My goodness, what could little children possibly say with such a limited vocabulary? It wasn't until I was old enough to choose the homes that I could live in, that I felt somewhat secure. I had good friends in highschool that were members of the church, but try as they may, fear kept me from joining. I do wish that I would have joined then. I went into the Air Force. It was at this time when I joined the church, through a member who was a co-worker. I was a jet engine mechanic & test cell operator for the engines. I then went into PMEL electronics. I worked for United Airlines for 15 years. The 1st 3 were on the Ramp as a baggage handler. Then 11 years as an aircraft mechanic, both A&P & R&E & the last year or so as a bldg maintenance mech for a hangar. I really enjoyed being an instructor in management in the bay area, as that allowed me to go to Narita Japan twice. I am a single parent of 2 children. I get them every other week. I've been a soccer coach, assistant & referee for both boys & girls teams, from age 5 up to 18. I work nights for the US Post office as a mail equip Mech & I am on a bowling team.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I joined the church, I felt the spirit in my life many times, but I did not know what it was, until after I joined. Prior to joining the church, I had gone to several other church's to see if I could find the spirit in my life. It seems to me that the spirit guided me here as a result of some spiritual experiences that I had, had earlier. It is here in this church, that for me I feel the spirit ever so strongly & where I have been received wholesomely & without prejudice. Even though I still have challenges, the message of the gospel is positive. It is of love & hope. The Atonement of Jesus Christ on my behalf, through repentance allows me to someday live a much better life than I now live. I imagine that is something we would all like to have.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday, unless of course I am sick or on vacation. I take my 2 children with me every other week when I have them. I have taught young children & teenagers the gospel & adults as well. Through teaching I have learned a lot myself, besides just listening. As a priesthood leader, I help organize socials & I continue to teach gospel principles as to how we should live our lives as the Savior would like us to live. I go to church activities such as camping & dinners & firesides (talks, regarding many kinds of gospel topics) & dances. As a church we participate in the community with emergency preparedness programs & by building walkway paths in our parks or planting shrubs, flowers or trees & the like. As a home teacher, we visit families assigned to us once a month to see how they are doing & help them if we can. Whenever possible it is good to pray & read & study the scriptures as many times answers & comfort can be found there. At least it has worked for me in the past. I don't see why it should be any different for me in the future. I hope that as I continue to do this, I may be made stronger in the Faith.