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Hi I'm Rafael Ramirez

I was born in the Dominican Republic. My mother joined the church when I was 5. I'm a Dominican and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. My mother joined the church when I was 5 years old and we all later followed her. I am the fourth of eight children. My mother always taught us of the importance of going to church every Sunday and striving to live our lives according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. When I was a teenager I was very interested in playing baseball. I would play almost every day, but my Mom would not let me play on Sundays. She made a rule that even if it was the world series, I could never play on Sundays. She always taught us that Sundays were reserved for worshiping the Lord. When I was 18 years old and after seeing many of my friends get drafted as professional baseball players, I wanted to find out for myself if, this church my Mom believed in and raised us in, was the true church of God. I decided to stop playing baseball so much with my friends and I became more active in the church. When I was 19 years old I left my home to serve the Lord as a full time missionary. I was gone for 2 years and I realized that my Mom had always been right. I found that Jesus Christ was where I would find true happiness and joy. A year after my mission I went to the temple and met my wife who was on vacation there from the U.S.A. We were later married and moved to the United States. We now have 4 boys and are trying to teach them the same principles and truths that my mother taught me all those years ago. I'm a Dominican and I'm a mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I know that this is where I can find true happiness. I have found that family is the most important thing in this life. I know that through the gospel of Jesus Christ my family can be together forever. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God and that we have a true and living prophet today. I know that if we follow his teachings along w/ the teachings of the Bilbe and the Book of Mormon we can obtain salvation. I know that a person can grow closer to God and Jesus Christ by reading the Book of Mormon. It has changed my life and I know it has the power to change anyones life that reads it for the better. I also know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ my sins can be forgiven and i can be clean again. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know these things are true, not just because my Mother told me, but because I have learned for myself. I have learned by reading the Bible, the Book of Mormon and asking the Lord in prayer if these things are true. Our Heavenly Father has given all of us the same opportunity to learn for ourselves. I know that if you will read the Book of Mormon and pray if it is true that the Lord will witness to your heart and mind that it is true. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday I take my family to church for 3 hours. The adults meet together apart from the children so that we can learn to be better parents, neighbors, friends, and followers of Jesus Christ. We have our children go to a class that is called Primary where they learn to sing about Christ, learn how to be friendly, learn to serve others, and gradually learn for themselves the importance of Jesus Christ in their lives. Throughout the years I have served in various calling such as working w/ young men, working as a teacher to the small children, being a Sunday school teacher, etc. In these callings my faith has been strengthened that Jesus is the Christ and that he loves us and wants us to be happy. I have also had the opportunity to serve others by helping them, move or visiting them when they are sick. I have strived to follow Christ's example and love my neighbor. I have tried to always extend that love and service to all men, not only to members of my church.