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Hi I'm Enrique

I was born in Mexico and raised in the US. I'm a chemical engineer, a husband, a father and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being active! Growing up I preferred to play sports over reading books. Over time that gradually changed, but I still love to play any sport but especially basketball. I picked up ballroom dance in college, but now I just enjoy casual dancing with my wife. I'm an engineer by trade and although I don't fit the engineering stereotype completely, you will still find me trying to solve the world's problems and trying to make things more efficient or cost effective. My favorite pastime is spending time with my wife and son. Ideally I would love to go camping or on other nature trips with my family, but I'm still learning how to survive day-to-day life with a newborn. I love dinner and a movie with my wife and there are a very few things besides spending time with my family that beat the feeling of lending a helping hand. Due to the nature of life I speak Spanish and English fluently; I studied French in high school, Japanese in college, spent a couple months in China, a couple weeks in Peru, and two years in Boston with the Cambodian community in the area; needless to say, I enjoy learning new languages and cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Catholic Church when they were teenagers. I was lucky to be born into this Church and enjoy of the strength that came because of it; however, I think there are several "check points" along the way that necessitate a personal decision as to whether or not to belong to a Church that is more than just a Sunday affair. For me one of those forks-in-the-road came during my teenage years when friends and opinions tend to be powerful motivators. I had read the Book of Mormon and I prayed to know if it was true. I didn't receive an immediate answer; after several days of contemplation my answer came quietly, when life slowed down, just enough for me to listen. A thought came into my mind "Having lived what you lived, how can you not know that it is true?" Images of events in my life came to my mind and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and joy came over me; I knew then without a doubt that the Book of Mormon was true and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the Lord's Church on the earth. The Lord answered me, as He does anyone who asks, in a very personal way and in a manner which left no doubt in my mind. I am a Mormon today because I have tried and tested the words of the prophets in the scriptures as well as the words of the prophets and apostles that we have today in God's Church and I know them to be true. I am Mormon because having lived what I lived, and seen what I have seen, there is no way for me to not know that this Church is lead by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I know that anyone can know as well as I know that this is true.

How I live my faith

In my current church assignment I get the privilege of watching the local leadership behind the scenes. It's humbling for me to see the time, effort, and devotion that the leaders give to help others. Every week I find myself asking, "How do you have the time to be able to help so many people?" They make the time and I am always amazed. Although I don't think I am as good at serving as others around me, I still do my best to do my part: I call, I visit, and I friendship in hopes of lifting someone else as I've been lifted before throughout my life. At home, I try to lead our family in habits and traditions that strengthen and protect against decaying morals. Prayer and scripture study are very important to us. Learning of Christ and striving to emulate His example are constant goals in our home.