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Hi I'm Raul Rodriguez

I like D&D and MTG as much as I like playing futbol and basketball. I love taking pictures of clouds at sunrise/set I Am A Mormon.

About Me

I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life, like many people do. Before joining the church, I was at a crossroad in my life where I had to make the most important decision in my life. Without going to much into detail, I had felt the strongest prompting in my life. One I felt I could not deny, even though I did not know that it was of God. I met the Elders shortly after, and accepted to take the lessons with them. They told me that I would be taught by the Sisters, and I thought I was going to be taught by Nuns. I was excited to meet Nuns. I was kind of disappointed when normal sister missionaries showed up, on bikes. I soaked in the lessons taught, not knowing how it would affect my life. I am so happy that I did. I was able to be baptized and receive God's Priesthood. I am able to help people in ways I did not know was possible. The gospel is about love. I can testify of that.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this is where the truth is. I believe that if we are strong enough to handle the truth, then we should seek it out with all our might, mind, and strength. Many people are ignorant of the church, but I made it a point to educate myself about it. Because of that decision I made when I first met the Elders, I was able to open a world of possibilities. I learned that I am a child of God, that he loves me, and he has a plan for me. I try to do the best to stay apart of that plan. No one forced me, but I knew that there was a reason that I had to join. That reason was I had to become a better person, or stay the same and be utterly destroyed because of it. I was not in the greatest spot in my life, and my life may have been forfeited if I kept walking down that path. The church did not just save me, but allowed me to save others. The influence I had on others helped them move forward with their lives, instead of backwards. I love being a Mormon. Every trial, tribulation, and words of discouragement testifies to me that this is where I belong. I have made a home upon the rock, and my foundation will not allow me to sway.

How I live my faith

I try to test my faith as much as possible. Not to disprove it, but to improve it. By going out with the missionaries, reading, praying, and attending church, I can improve my faith. I will like to talk about those points to show how i live my faith. I go out with the missionaries whenever possible. Not just because I'm the Branch Mission Leader, but because I love the lessons that were taught when I first join the church. Each time they leave someone with a commitment, I feel as if they are leaving it with me as well. It strengthens me and keeps me on the right path. I started to read regularly. It took years of being a member for me to build a regular reading cycle, but now that I have one, I can improve my knowledge of the gospel. I am not proud to say this, but before joining the church I had not gotten pass the second chapter of Genesis. Now, I am tearing through the Old and New Testimony, Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith History. Hopefully I'll be able to throw the Doctrines and Covenants as well. I try to pray regularly as well. I know that prayer is a way to communicate with our Heavenly Father. I tell him the highlights of my life, and even the small insignificant things. Through prayer, I sometimes find answers for questions that had previously gone unanswered. I love going to church. There is no greater feeling, other than going to the temple, than sitting in the chapel as they say the sacrament prayer. I get to interact with members of my faith for a moment, and it truly helps build it. Others of my branch may not understand how much they impact my life, but I have found some great role models. Through these ways, I live my faith.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Raul Rodriguez
Mormons are most known for their unwavering happiness. We live life so that we may have joy and grow together. We do the things we love as long as it is righteous and uplifting. God put us on the earth for a purpose and given us a way to return to him. As someone who is LDS, I must do all that the Lord has asked to return to him. That especially includes keeping his commandments, praying, studying the scriptures, and sharing the gospel with others. LDS people try to avoid contention in our lives and try to fill everything we do with love. We stride to do righteous works where ever we can, and do what he Lord has asked us to do. We follow a prophet who helps guide us in these Latter-Days. Show more Show less