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Hi I'm Rene

I am hispanic. I grew up in New Jersey. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to do just about everything. I played football and sang in the choir all four years of high school. I like making knives (I forge the blade, as well as make the handle and sheath). I play piano, flute, guitar, ukelele, quena flute, and charango. I love to sing. I like to dance, although I'm pretty terrible at it. I like to lift weights and challenge my body with several types of outdoor activities such as hiking and rock climbing. It is my dream to become a doctor one day. I love my Creator and I try to be useful to him everyday as much as i can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. Physical umbilical cords are cut at birth, but spiritual cords aren't cut till much later in life. Let me explain. I attended church with my parents as a child, not really choosing to go on my own. I learned and grew spiritually. One day without even noticing, I KNEW that this was the true church. Basically, I was attached to my parents testimony until mine was strong enough. I learned for myself that this church is true. I studied and prayed to gain a testimony. It wasn't instant. Conversion takes time. People who are born into the church are also converts, for they too have to overcome the natural man. Nobody is born a "perfect mormon". Nevertheless, being born into the church is a huge blessing and "head start" if you will. I know that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. I know that he was chosen of God for the special task of translating the Book of Mormon, and I am grateful for all the many sacrifices he made so that we can have the Book of Mormon today. I know that this is the only true church. This is the same church that Christ led when he was on the earth. We have true Prophets who are seers and revelators. They are chosen of God to lead the church. I know that my Redeemer lives. I want to shout it from the mountain tops! He lived and died for me. He knows my pains and sorrows. He is my best friend. This is His church. He is my Savior and my Lord. Not everyone shares our beliefs, but the day will come when every knee will bend and every tongue will confess that he is our Master and our God. I know these things to be true, and I say them in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I go to church every sunday. I haven't missed church in a long time because I've been the organist for my ward since I was 15 (I'm currently 18). I read the scriptures everyday, somedays more intensely than others. I mostly like to read the Book of Mormon. I do my hometeaching and try to say hi to everyone at church! I don't judge people. You never know what someone could be going through, so it's best to not take rude behavior so personally all the time. I try to be an example to my family and friends. I love to share my testimony anytime I can!

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

A body is a gift from God. Would you be upset if you gave your friend an IPad and he used it as a hammer? I would be pretty upset. You could say that it'd be a waste! Glorify your body, take care of it. Follow the word of wisdom, for it is the word of God. The word of wisdom expressed abstinence from tobacco long before anybody thought it was harmful. This should raise some flags in your head. The word of wisdom is not limited to what it states. For example, if you are allergic to oranges and it makes your skin itch or something, but you LOVE oranges, you still need to abstain from them! Like I said, take care of your body! Eating absurd amounts of food is also bad. I'll say it one last time: TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. Show more Show less