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Hi I'm Oscar

I grew-up in Uruguay, and I live in California now. I am an engineer, I like the outdoors, and, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew-up in Montevideo, Uruguay, and I have lived in California most of my adult life. Setting roots in a new country was not easy and required much sacrifice, but with hard work and perseverance, I am now starting to see the results. I married my high-school sweet heart in 1981 in the LDS temple of Salt Lake City. We were much in love, hopeful and did not know much about life in a new country. Through trials and errors we learned to work and play together, and we learned to forgive each other as well. As a result, our love continues to grow after 30+ years together. We raised three daughters, and we taught them correct principles so that they can govern themselves wisely. I graduated from Weber State University and I have worked as an Electrical Engineer in the Silicon Valley of California for the past 20+ years. I have lived through the ups and downs of the economy cycles, and I have learned the importance of living within our means.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and I were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was nine years old. My younger siblings were baptized later when they turned eight years of age. I practically grew-up in the Mormon church; nevertheless, I had to experience my own conversion as any other person who would join the Church as a grown-up. This conversion was the result of the process of a constant practice of the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ my parents and Church leaders taught me during my youth. At first, I practiced them out of respect for my elders. However, with time, I came to the realization that the practice of these principles "began to enlarge my soul, it began to enlighten my understanding, and it began to be delicious to me" I am a Mormon because I know I am a son of a Father in Heaven. He loves me enough to allow His Son to be sacrificed for me, and the rest of humanity, so that I can gain life eternal. I am a Mormon because I know Jesus Christ has restored His church in these later days so that I, and everyone who chooses to accept it, can receive all the ordinances and blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I know Jesus Christ has called prophets and apostles in these latter days to invite everyone to come unto Christ, and their testimonies of the divine mission of the Savior strengthen mine. I am a Mormon because this understanding motivates me to work a bit harder each day and to be a better person today than I was the day before.

How I live my faith

I believe my faith is better exemplified by what I do rather than by what I preach. Because of my current church assignment, I find myself in teaching positions very often, either at a Sunday School classroom or leadership training sessions. Nevertheless, I find the one-on-one visits with the individual, or family, even more rewarding because it provides an opportunity to help each other out while we are “willing to bear one another’s burden, that they may be light … and comfort those that stand in need of comfort” As a member of an LDS Spanish-speaking congregation, I find myself sharing similar experiences, challenges and achievements with people of different countries, cultures and backgrounds. In spite of these differences, we built-up on the common goals and aspiration that have brought us to a new country, and strengthen each other knowing we are all sons and daughters of the same Father in Heaven.