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Hi I'm Omar

I'm a son, a brother, and soon to be an uncle. I love my family and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love playing basketball. I've never been too good so my talents have usually been limited to pick up games and playing in church leagues. It's something that I've always loved and a hobby that i wish to continue. I started wrestling when I was a freshman in high school. I really didn't know what to expect growing up in Texas where the sport isn't too big, but it is something that has changed my life. I've met some of my closest friends through wrestling and I've learned how to be mentally tough and push through the pain because that's the only way to get better at anything. I also love the outdoors. I have had the opportunity to hike in the rocky mountains in northern New Mexico at Philmont as a boy scout and also at Zion National Park in southern Utah. I always feel amazing when I get to go out and release some energy. There is just something about being out in nature that feels so peaceful. Especially when I get to see these large mountains and these grand valleys, and I get to see how small I am. I see how marvelous the world around me is and I just feel a certain love from God. Knowing that I'm one of His creations too.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon. When the church built a temple in San Antonio I was almost 12 years old. I remember driving there for the open house (which is when you get to tour the inside and out before the building is dedicated and starts being used), and I remember feeling something in my heart that I had never felt before. While growing up I had stretches in my life where I didn't go to church and God wasn't a part of my life and life was so hard. I felt sort of lost and looking for my place in the world. I always knew that the church was true from when I had been taught. It had always made sense to me it was like I was remembering something I knew before I was born. There was a particular time when there was sort of a turning point for me. I had been at a church camp and was hearing a speaker talk about the atonement. About how God had sent His Son to earth for us. For you. He had lived, suffered, and died for your sins so that you could live with Him and our Heavenly Father again. As I heard this teacher testify of this simple truth that I had been taught all through my life , I made a silent prayer to know if it was true. That day I felt the feeling I'd had when I'd gone to the temple. This warm feeling that filled me up almost as though my heart was burning. But yet I felt at peace and I felt so much love it was indescribable. That's when I knew that what I had been taught my whole life had been true. My heart and mind both knew it and I wanted to share it because it was the best feeling in the world. I wanted everyone to feel the way I did because we are all God's children and He loves us soooo much! As I tried harder to follow Jesus Christ's example by following the commandments I was so happy. The reason why I am a Mormon is because the gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy. It makes me feel peace. It makes me focus on the things that matter most like family. It unites my family that would otherwise be broken into pieces. I know this church is God's.

How I live my faith

Well one way I live my faith is by home teaching. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I have promised to help bear up one another's burdens and to help teach my fellow members about Jesus Christ. Members of our congregation are asked to watch out for one another specifically and my father and I have had the opportunity to home teach wonderful families whom we've grown strong bonds with and have come to love deeply. We try to go into their home at least once a month and teach a lesson based on the the teachings of Jesus Christ and His living prophet. We're always on the lookout for ways to service them whether it be changing a light bulb, mowing their lawn, or celebrating a birthday. To taking over meals and making sure everything was okay with a woman who's husband was serving in Afghanistan. The families I home teach have become a part of my family and it's blessed me tremendously to be a part of their lives. I live my faith by trying to treat others as my Heavenly Father would want me to. I love trying to make someone's day and let them know they're special. I firmly believe that you serve those you love, and you love those you serve! Another way I live my faith is by going to serve on a mission. As a missionary we are set apart to be representatives of Christ and invite others to come to Him by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ. Repentance. Baptism. Receiving the gift of The Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end!