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Hi I'm Carlos

I am a health services researcher and amateur singer. I'm also a husband, a father of two children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the American Southwest, served an LDS mission in London, England, and attended college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Upon graduating, I moved to Connecticut to attend graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. It was in Connecticut that I met and married my wife and had two beautiful children. I got my first job and we bought our first home in Connecticut. It was about this time that I also developed a love of singing classical music and began taking voice lessons from a trained opera singer. In 2006, I decided to take a job in Manhattan and moved my family into a tiny apartment on the Upper East Side. Life in NYC was very challenging but very memorable. I auditioned and joined a singing group that performed regularly at places like Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. I was working in the Mental Health Services and Policy Research department at Columbia University at the time. In 2011, I decided to leave New York and academia and took a job with a healthcare organization in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the church, I still had to decide for myself if I believed it was true. This became clear to me when I was preparing for my full-time mission to England. In preparing for my mission, I attended a missionary preparation course which not only solidified my belief in our saviour, Jesus Christ, but also helped me to better recognize when the Holy Ghost was telling me that the gospel messages are true. I could feel a warm sensation in my heart, like nothing else I ever felt, filling my soul with peace and a sure knowledge that Jesus is the Christ and that this truly is His church. Jesus Christ truly did die for me so that I can live again and return to Heavenly Father. Joseph Smith truly did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and helped restore Christ's church on the earth again. This testimony continued to grow inside me as I share the gospel with people in England, and continues to grow with me today.

How I live my faith

I firmly believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that because of Him we will all live again after we die and have the opportunity to return to live with our Heavenly Father. I live my faith by attending church regularly and partaking of the sacrament. I believe that I am able to repent and remember my baptismal covenants each time I take the bread and water during the sacrament. I am brought closer to the Savior each week when I partake of the sacrament. I teach one of the Sunday School classes to adults who are new to the church, and enjoy the opportunity to review fundamental gospel principles with them. I also get the opportunity to sing during the sacrament service and share my testimony through music. I am a holder of the Mechizedec Priesthood. As a priesthood holder, I get to give blessings and perform sacred ordinances for other people. My greatest memories of this were when I was able to baptize my own children and give them the gift of the Holy Ghost. As a priesthood holder, I am also a home teacher which means that I get to visit with some of the families in our local unit and share gospel messages with them in their homes each month. As a father, I try to set a good example for my children through my words and actions, and so enjoy the opportunity to bring my son with me when I go home teaching. I enjoy providing service to others in this way. I also live my faith through daily personal prayer. My prayers are heartfelt conversations with my Heavenly Father about whatever is on my mind at that time, including what I am thankful for and those things for which I need His help. Prayer helps me feel closer to God. It is essential to me to start and end each day by talking to God through prayer.

Are Mormons Christians?

Carlos
Absolutely! Mormons are Christians. We firmly believe that Jesus Christ was everything He said He was. He is our Saviour and Redeemer. He is the Son of God. He was resurrected three days after He was crucified and still lives today. Because of Him and only Him, we will all live again and have the opportunity to return to our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ is the absolute center of our faith and our church. Show more Show less