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Hi I'm Gil

I'm a husband. I'm a student. I'm a runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently assisting Utah State University. I am a civil engineering major. I spend a lot of time doing math problems. I work at the local pool as a lifeguard. I teach swimming lessons to kids. I am part of an improv comedy troupe called the Antics. I enjoy swing dancing, playing the ukulele, and running.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was little, my mom and I used to sing hymns together. I remember enjoying this a lot. It made me feel happy. When I could just barely read, my Sunday school teacher invited me read the Book of Mormon. Every night, I would read. I found myself getting excited as I read it. I enjoyed learning about the prophets and the miracles that happened. I realized that people would be blessed as they were obedient. I also learned that they would forget about God, and life became more difficult when they did that. One day, I finished reading the Book of Mormon. I went to tell my mother that I had. She asked me if I had prayed about it to know if it were true. I said that I hadn't, but I knew it was true. At the time, there didn't seem to be any reason to me why it wouldn't be. She smiled and said, "Well just go pray and double check then." So I did. I went back downstairs, and I went to tell her, "Look, I still think it's true" , but my voice cracked. My eyes filled with tears. I felt kind of silly. I gave her a hug and I said, "It's true, I know it is." As I got older, I continued to learn and to grow spiritually. I went on a mission for the church. I went because I knew that the church was true. I didn't realize how hard it was going to be. I went to Mexico. I was often sick and hungry. I didn't speak Spanish hardly at all when I got there. The Lord blessed me immensely though. I learned the language quickly. I served others. I got to see them change. I saw people that weren't happy and they didn't know why. I was able to help them find true happiness that only comes through following Jesus Christ. There faces changed. They smiled more. There was light in there eyes. This is why I am a Mormon, because I know it is true. I know that this church is Christ's church. It brings me joy.

How I live my faith

I go to church each Sunday. My responsibility is as a secretary. I do my best to help others as I record information. I enjoy going to church. I like to go to sacrament meeting and think about the Savior. I like to participate in my Sunday school classes. I feel good as I do this. I like to learn. I read my scriptures each day, looking for guidance from my God. He has helped me know how to deal with difficult situations in school and life in general. I am grateful that I can go to the scriptures and get guidance for the decisions in my life. I like to attend institute classes during the week, and learn about the gospel.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Gil
Jesus Christ chooses who the prophet is. I know that Thomas S. Monson was chosen by God. I prayed to know if he was God's prophet. I remember listening to him speak, and I felt that he was. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Gil
Yes, they are. They believe in Jesus Christ. They worship him. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Gil
The greatest blessing I have recieved from reading the scriptures is to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that by following him I can be happy. The scriptures have answered questions that I have had, and have helped me get through the difficulties in my life. My faith has grown as I have read the scriptures. I don't think my blessings are unique, anyone can have these same blessings. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Gil
We don't worship Joseph Smith. We respect him. We think of him as a prophet. He was like Moses or Abraham. Show more Show less