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Hi I'm Luis

I'm a lover of the arts, talent, truth, and beauty wherever they're to be found, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was originally born in Peru but migrated to the States when I was 11. I'm the youngest of two, and a proud son to parents who, although divorced, I have seen make and continue to make incredible sacrifices to provide me with an opportunity for a brighter future in this country. Thanks to my mother I've been able to find a passion for the arts, and due to that I was able to pick up the guitar. I've been playing it for about 8 years now. To me there's not better emotional outlet. Because of that, I'm now able to appreciate various different kinds of art and are attracted to people who have a similar or a passion of their own. There are things that I support that hardly fall under the Mormon stereotype. I don't think there should be such a stereotype. Although there does seem to be a norm, we are all different and can retain our identity. I wish all of us would realize that. I don't consider any of my beliefs to be contradictory, but instead they seem to be complimentary. In addition to that, I'm incredibly grateful for all of my friends and the people I surround myself with. I continue to learn from all of them. Most importantly, because their views and beliefs are so varied, it helps me to find the motivation to gain a greater understanding of all things, where they're coming from and to strive harder to understand my faith, its history and to strengthen my own testimony.

Why I am a Mormon

Because as easy as it is to focus on human flaws and bad choices, I believe I have something that transcends that and gives me a different point of view. I was born into the church. Having been raised in it I knew that a spiritual confirmation about the truthfulness of this gospel was necessary in order to have an unshaken conviction in it. I received such confirmation through prayer and study. Having done that, I've continued to cultivate my own testimony through my own spiritual experiences. Everyone in the church is a convert of a sort. Although a member throughout my whole life I can honestly say that I've only been a convert of 2 years. God is real and He answers prayers.

How I live my faith

For me, what it means to be a Christian is to be accepting, understanding, unselfish, to refrain from judgment and to help others in less fortunate situations. Christ spent his time with those that really needed Him, I want to do the same. We seem to be blind to the situations of others, because it doesn't tend to affect us, and I wish we were all able to walk a couple of miles in each others shoes to gain a better understanding of this world and what we can do to improve our lives and the lives of others. Even though life can be challenging as an immigrant my faith has, and always will be, the one unchanging factor that provides stability and hope in the darkest of times.

What is being a Mormon like?

Luis
It's whatever you make it. I've opted for filling my life with happiness and positivity while remaining conscious of the issues that surround all of us. Show more Show less