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Hi I'm Genaro

I'm an engineering graduate, I love movies and mowing the lawn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a rather conservative, simple type of person. I tend to be a bit more reserved, but I enjoy spending time with relatives and friends, whom I value very much. I don't have too many hobbies, but I have always found films to be a great form of entertainment, and everyday household chores are always fun. This is partially because they allow me to clear my mind and spend some quality time with family members. There is nothing quite like giving a room in the house a touch up of paint with your relatives. I really like making people laugh, though when I do this it is usually by accident. I am a firm believer in being respectful, reverent and standing for something. It is not easy to remain true to your standards in this ever changing world, but such challenges have helped me to understand and appreciate what is most important: the things of eternal consequence. I have recently completed a two year mission in the Spokane Washington Mission, and I look forward to continuing an academic career in civil engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a primarily Catholic family and attended that church for much of my early years. When I was 10, my sister and I were baptized, after meeting with the missionaries at the request of my aunt and uncle. Everything they taught us just made sense. Afterwards, a change in wards made fellowship rather difficult for us and we didn't attend church regularly for years. During high school, I began to be religiously inclined, though I only read from the Bible because it was familiar and did not understand the purpose of the Book of Mormon. At the beginning of my junior year, an LDS friend of mine (in a fortuitous meeting) encouraged me to attend seminary with him, which I eventually agreed to. It was there that I learned many of the things I should have learned before and understood the great truths of the restored Gospel. Ultimately, it all came down to the Book of Mormon. One day when I felt myself a little more uncertain than usual, I knelt down and prayed to God to know if the book was true. I can still remember receiving a distinct, yet quiet answer, and weeks later receiving a strong witness from the Spirit that was with me for hours. Throughout my mission, there were many challenges to this testimony, some from other people and others from my own infirmities. Although it was difficult enduring through it all, it helped me learn to rely on the Lord through diligent prayer and study to retain that testimony. Line upon Line, the Lord taught me what it means to have faith, and appreciate more things of the Gospel than I can list here. My personal feelings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be best summed by the words of the great Apostle Peter: "Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou has the words of eternal life." Though my understanding is not perfect, all of these experiences and lessons have born witness to me that this is the Lord's restored church and Gospel.

How I live my faith

I used to be a primary worker, which required me to teach a Sunday school class of young children, 10-11 years old, about the scriptures. It was a fun assignment, and it is really rewarding when you know you have taught them something that sparks their interest in the Gospel. During my mission, I devoted all of my time to teaching the restored Gospel to any person that was willing to hear and wanted to find out for themselves if these things are true. It was a wonderful experience that I believe will serve as the foundation for the rest of my life. Generally, I live my faith by what some missionaries call the "primary answers": daily prayer, reading the scriptures and attending church meetings. Though they are simple things, these are the primary actions that help strengthen my faith and keep me close to the Savior. I make mistakes as everyone else does, which is why I seek to improve daily by continuous learning and application of Gospel principles. I also strive to keep myself prepared to introduce anyone who is interested to the church, as missionary work surely does not end after a two year mission.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Genaro
The Book of Mormon is a volume of scripture and, like its subtitle says, it is another testament of Jesus Christ. It testifies of His divinity, life and teachings in great clarity, such that many of the great questions concerning how God deals with mankind are answered within its pages. It was written by prophets that lived on the American continent during biblical times, making it the witness of this land that Jesus is the Christ. Such a witness is significant, as it supports and verifies the witness provided by the Bible, over which there exists much confusion. While it is easy to have the misconception that Mormons value the Book of Mormon over the Bible, we in truth are taught to revere and study both books as companion volumes. Neither one is complete without the other. Indeed, reading the Book of Mormon has helped me appreciate the Bible even more. The book itself follows the interactions between two primary civilizations and their cycles of righteousness and wickedness, and culminates in the Savior's personal ministry among the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Genaro
Yes, Mormons believe that God has called a prophet today just as He did in Biblical times. Prophets have been called since the beginning of the Earth, and were always commissioned to warn, teach, expound and lead. Noah was called to preserve mankind during the Flood, Joseph was called to preserve his people during famine, Jeremiah was called to warn and prophesy to Jerusalem. The Lord has always dealt with mankind through His authorized servants. All of the scriptures we have were written by prophets called by God. There is no reason for us to believe that God ever intended to change the way that He reveals His word and commandments. Today, the teachings of the living prophets provides further direction and safety, counsel that is specific to our time. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Genaro
I often like to refer to the first verse of a hymn when talking about this. Of Jesus Christ, this hymn describes Him as "our king, our deliverer, our all". Mormons believe Jesus Christ to be the literal Son of God, the Savior of mankind and the God of the whole earth. He is a distinct and seperate Being from His Father, but is in perfect harmony with Him, essentially one in purpose. We believe fully and whole-heartedly in the account of His life in the New Testament, which testifies of His birth, perfect life and great atoning sacrifice. It is only through Him that any person on this earth can receive salvation in the kingdom of heaven. Show more Show less