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Hi I'm Ruben

I am a first-generation American. I married my high school sweetheart. I'm a busy Psych/Pre-med student, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born to 2 amazing parents with 3 sisters and 4 brothers (8 children total). After graduating from high school, I attended a year of college and was the very first in my family to do so. My parents are very hardworking individuals from Tonga who raised us in the US in order to provide us with opportunities that they weren't able to have. After my first year of college, I had the privilege of serving a wonderful two year service mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in upstate New York, and was the first in my family to do that as well. Now, I am back in college, studying and preparing to one day become a medical doctor. This is a decision I have made largely influenced by a life changing experience I had in high school where I found out that I had spinal stenosis (narrowing in my spine) and could no longer participate in contact sports. My passion for football and rugby was suddenly crushed, but as years have past I have come to see that it has lead me only in positive and blessed paths. One of the greatest blessings is that I am married to the most beautiful woman in the world who is also my very best friend. We live each day trying to enjoy as much of it as we can, which often means staying up a lot later than we should. We love to play games, watch movies, and play with family and friends. Life is a party for us, but also a time we use to prepare ourselves for God's eternal purposes, which is to create a family and prepare them for the same.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to grow up in a home where my parents took us to church every week and taught us the gospel. They taught us right from wrong and taught us that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true. I have also been blessed to have always believed the church was true, but of course one must eventually come to KNOW for themselves and not rely on the testimony of others. I do not have a huge, magnificent experience where I came to know for myself that the church was true, but instead I have had many small and tender experiences that have led me to the knowledge that what I had been taught growing up was always true. I have felt the quiet and soft touch of the Holy Spirit that has confirmed to me time and time again that my faith is not vain, but very REAL. I know the Book of Mormon is not just a book, but revelation from God to help us return to Him again, back as a family. Because I know from the Holy Spirit that The Book of Mormon is true, I also know that Joseph Smith was a TRUE and REAL Prophet of God, just like in ancient times... and because of that I know that the the Lord's church is on this earth. It's not crazy to me, it's real to me. I am a Mormon because it just makes sense.

How I live my faith

Attending church each week, saying my prayers alone and with my wife, and reading the scriptures are just some of the typical ways in which I try to live my faith. But even just as important are that I try to show love and kindness to people I come into contact with on a daily basis. Striving to live as an example of my what my faith entails, and striving to treat others as God would have me treat them, is every bit as important to me in trying to live my faith.