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Hi I'm Gus J. Sopena

I was born in Uruguay but grew up in Philadelphia, PA. I'm happily married living in Utah and yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like the city I grew up in, Philadelphia, my life is full of passion. My greatest passion is family. I love my family and love spending time with them. I am happily married to thee most wonderful young lady in this entire world. She and I are expecting our first child in October of 2012. My wife and I share many common things and interests. We both have a passion for family, sports and teaching. We are both graduates of the great Southern Utah University. We both have aspirations to teach and coach and give others the hope for a bright future that our teachers and coaches gave us. We both love playing sports. She loves and excels in playing and coaching Soccer and I am not as good as she is with my greatest love of a sport in basketball. With our collegiate careers almost over, we are so excited and joyful for our young family to grow, learn, and experience lasting memories that we know will last an eternity!

Why I am a Mormon

Isn't it amazing that one word can provide so many different answers as the one word question, "Why" does? When I have been asked before, "Why I am a Mormon," I have gone in several directions but there is one principle that I seem to always start with. I know that there is a God that first and foremost lives. He created us, blesses us, allows trials to strengthen us, and all throughout loves us unconditionally. I know that he has a Son in Jesus the Christ that lives as well. They both love us very much despite the mistakes we make. They love us so much that Heavenly Father sacrificed His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to come to Earth and suffer body, pain, anguish, torment, and ultimately His life so that we could have joy in this life and in the life to come, hopefully living with Them in Their presence again. Because of this knowledge, I know that Christ has a Church on this earth that is the only true and living church upon the face of the earth. God spoke to ancient prophets and that same process continues today. Like Moses, Peter, amongst others, I know that we today have a living prophet in Thomas S. Monson who communicates with our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I grew up in this Church every since birth. My parents are both converts to the Church and through their teaching and example, I was baptized when I was 8 years old. I knew from a young age that this Church was true and its teachings offered hope and joy as we all searched for happiness. I served a Latter-Day Saint mission to serve with my Savior Jesus Christ to help others find the joy and truth that I was honored to find. Through my experiences, I still know today this Church is true and that is why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I try my very best to live my faith in all ways, even small. I feel honored to attend Church every Sunday to strengthen my testimony, or my knowledge of the Church and its teachings. I try my best to help others by smiling, saying hello to all, even unrecognized members, and wishing all a good day and week. I help teach a group of older men that are like my age every month and feel honored that The Lord and my Ward Leaders have that much trust in me to have that mantle. I take that mantle serious meaning that I am there to bring the Spirit of The Lord to others and hope that I can touch one soul that inspires action. Everyday, even through the mistakes I make, I think often of spiritual matters. I need to be better, though. In my opinion, it is a continuous process everyday to do our very best to live our faith. Someday's we struggle and make mistakes while others we do better. The trick is to do our very best to live what we believe and remember that The Lord and our Heavenly Father love us and support us.