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Hi I'm Emanuel

A husband, a deep thinker, a computer engineer. I'm Emanuel, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always been a deep thinker, as long as I can remember. Growing up it was rather about things like propulsion systems for deep space crafts, or if perfectly parallel mirrors could open up gates to other universes. With time and experiences, however, my thoughts would gather around more serious topics, such as suffering, human behavior, morals, death, and life. There are questions that stir something deep inside my being that I cannot properly dress with any words. What is beauty? What is happiness? What is existence? What is God? Every answer I can trust is a candle in the dark. I live. I believe. I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith is my light. There are so many things which seem so lacking in meaning without the extended vision the Gospel gives. It gives purpose to hardships, friendships, family life, and even to death. The more I invest my thoughts in the teachings given through the scriptures, the more I become certain that the world I live in is the work of a loving God. An early example of a principle which had significant impact on my life was the parable of the talents, given by Jesus Christ towards the end of his mortality (see Matthew chapter 25). In the parable, or story, several servants are trusted different amounts of a master's posessions. After a time they are called by the master to account for their stewardships. All of the servants presenting any increase are rewarded by the words "enter into the joy of your master", but the one servant who only gave back what he was given, and nothing else, has his stewardship taken away and is given no reward. In the story the master could be seen as God, giving to each born into mortality his or her gifts and abilities, and in the end, also requiring accounting for those gifts and abilities. This story taught me two things I value greatly. The first is that the only equality given to man by God in this mortal life is in opportunity to return to Him. The second thing is that I am called to be a faithful steward, and that I have a chance to "enter into the joy of [my] master", despite my inabilities and shortcomings. These things gave me a sense of purpose that I didn't have before. I'm a Mormon, because the faith I have acquired through being that, has made me more than I could have made myself.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by making every act a sacrifice to God. Serving in the Church has changed me forever. Technician, secretary, teacher and clerk are some of the callings I've had, but none of them had the lasting impact on my character as serving a mission. Living the Gospel enriches my life by helping me grow.