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Hi I'm Santiago

I was born and raised in Texas. I love my friends and family. I'm a student at South Plains College. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was born and raised in Texas. I'm the son of two, brother of a bunch, uncle of one and excited to say that I have two more nieces/nephews on the way! I love my family, I wish I lived closer to them all. I also love my friends and I try to get along with everybody. Hobbies... I'm not a huge reader, but I can really get into it when I'm interested...or when I need to read. I enjoy watching movies and TV sometimes. I especially enjoy watching my favorite sports teams, but I love playing sports more. Some weeks I play something just about every day of the week except for Sunday. Basketball, volleyball, football, soccer, anything to keep me moving. I also love music. I listen to all kinds, from Johann S. Bach to classic rock...I really just said that because it rhymed. Anyway, I listen to whatever and am opened to all kinds of music. I like to play around with my Ukulele but don't play very often. I've never really mastered any instruments, but I enjoy singing. It might mostly just be in the car but that still counts. I'm currently going to school for my teaching certificate to teach high school Spanish and I plan to get my Masters in Education Administration/Leadership. If you have any questions about anything that I say on here, or any other questions you might have about the church or Mormons, I'd be happy to do my best to answer them. Message me! I've probably had the same question before :)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. My parents were baptized as a young married couple and have raised 9 children in the church. I love my parents. When I was younger I didn't like having so many siblings but being more grown up I realize what a blessing they all are in my life. I love my family more than anything. We've had plenty hardship and disagreements, but overcoming them has helped us grow. It's helped me grow. I'm grateful for the opportunity that my parents gave their kids to accept to gospel in their lives. It was something that I had to sincerely study and pray about. I love the scriptures, especially The Book of Mormon. Every time I read it I learn something new or am reminded of something that I have learned before that I can apply to my daily life to be a greater follower of Christ. It was a key part of my personal acceptance the restored gospel. Like I said, prayer has been an essential tool in my life. Without it, I wouldn't have found out for myself that this church is the true church of Jesus Christ. There was never a "one moment" for me where I can say that I was simply converted to the gospel. Little by little, through my personal scripture study, I gained a knowledge that the Book of Mormon went hand and hand with the Holy Bible. But it wasn't until I started to take prayer seriously that I started to feel the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Little by little, I started to recognize the fruits of the spirit, like explained in Galatians 5. I started to feel more positive, happier, a greater eternal perspective. It was gradual for me, but my testimony of the gospel is strong and still growing. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Therefore, I know Joseph Smith, who translated it by a gift of the Lord, to be a true prophet and that the Lord, through this modern-day prophet, restored His church, like He had done in ages past. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the one church with the authority to act in the name of the Lord.

How I live my faith

I chose to go on a mission for the Lord when I was 19, as most young adult men in the church are asked to serve. I served my two-year mission in the South American country Paraguay. Though some of the food was a little bland for my taste, that is definitely not why I went...but I do love empanadas, mandioca, mbuducuja, unlimited amount of Brazilian mangos, and asadito...and lomito arabe, pan felipe, dulce de leche, and a lot more actually haha :) More importantly, I grew to love the people so much there, people I'll never forget. My service there was full-time. My purpose as a missionary was to bring others unto the restored gospel of Jesus Christ through faith in Him, repentance, baptism by immersion, and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by the proper authority. I learned Spanish, I did what I could to serve others, teach them, and give them the opportunity to accept the restored gospel in their lives, much like my parents gave me. I miss my mission so much and hope to at least go back and visit some day. So many examples of those I taught will always influence me as I strive to come closer to the Lord. In my personal life, prayer has been an essential exercise to help me feel His spirit, to receive guidance. I try to use it as often as I can with the major or even the small every day life decisions that I make. I'm the first to admit that I'm definitely not perfect. I know that there is so much I can do to better myself. What helps me most are little things like prayer, reading the scriptures, and going to church every Sunday. Other things that help me are the responsibilities given me in church to serve others. Once a month, I'm in charge of teaching a class a gospel lesson. The preparation itself teaches me so much, and as the lesson is given we hope to invite the spirit of the Lord to guide us as we discuss what's being taught. I'm grateful for this and other responsibilities because they have taught me the importance of service to others.