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Hi I'm Franklin Ruiz

Born in California, raised in the great state of Iowa. Currently a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

About Me

I grew up in the great state of Iowa. Not much to do in Iowa so playing sports was my getaway. Football and wrestling were the biggest sport in Iowa, which I absolutely loved but found the sport of boxing to be my favorite. Serving is one of my hobbies, I spent time as a Full time missionary for the church in Los Angeles, California. My mother and older sister are my biggest heros in life. Currently a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho, and no it is not required of us to attend this school. I love meeting new people regardless of their backround, because in God's eyes we are all equal!

Why I am a Mormon

Before having been converted to the Church of the Jesus Christof Latter-Day saints i was not a good person. I was a bully growing up and making others around me me feel bad about themselves. I hung out with all of the wrong people that encouraged me to do things that i should'nt of had done. I had no respect for anyone. Growing up with with a single mom was hard for both of us, i often backtalked her and never appreciated how hard she worked to support me. I always had a feeling that i needed direction in my life behind all my sinning. One day I met the missionaries while they were walking down the street, they stopped me and they told me about some church they were preaching for. They asked if they could teach me, at first i said ''whatever'' and really thought nothing of it. They asked for my address so they could stop by sometime. The first couple times they came i didnt answer the door, but they were persistant and came a 3rd time. I didnt let them in so we a discussion on my doorstep, what they taught me made sense, growing up i was catholic as a tradition rather than a choice. I say that because i never really understood catholicism. So i invited them back and each time they came they brought this really positive and good spirit about them and kept tesitifying about this church. They had asked me to pray one day to know whether or not this church was true or not, to not take their word for it and so i did. I eventually got baptized and became a member of the church, i dont quite remember to this day what they had taught me but i do rememeber the way that i felt about their message. And i wanted to always feel that peace and joy in my life and do now as a member. I have no regrets about being bapitzed into this church, since then my life has been great, even though i been through many trials i know i can over them through Christ and my Heavenly Father. The church is true, find out for yourself by asking God in prayer. It changed my life, let it changed yours!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by remembering who I am, that is a child of God. Faith is a verb, I love serving, being able to serve others is where I find happiness. In the Book of Mormon a prophet Alma gives his son Helaman some advice, and in Alma 37:6 says ''by small and simple things are great things brought to pass''. I've found this to be very true in my life, those small and simple things to me consist of things from daily prayers to daily study of Gods Word. Attending church every Sunday and fulfilling my duties at church are very important because there is where we partake of the Sacrament (Communion). Taking the Sacrament is an ordinance in which we remember the promises we made to the Lord when we chose to get baptized in his name. Through the church we find strength in not only The Lord but in each other, he is our shepherd, he knows our needs. I know he loves each and every one of his children, he knows us each personally, he desires our happiness. I am far from perfect, but by those ''small and simple'' things I know someday ill be in his presence once again.