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Hi I'm Helcias Ribeiro

I've lived across the world. I love languages. I love sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving as a Missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the England London South Mission, I received my call on the 2nd of January and I reported on the 23rd of April. I am currently living the dream, I have been called of Christ, to declare His word, among His people, that they might have everlasting life. I was born in Portugal, but my parents are Brazilian, and just like most Brazilians I love football, I support Santos FC, a Brazilian team. I also played rugby during my school years. I love to cook and eat, which explains why I look the way I do. I like to spend time with my friends, I love acting and watching films and one of my favourite things to do is go to the cinema. I have a soft spot for dogs. I also love to read, especially the Scriptures because they can truly make one happy. My favourite scripture is Helaman 5:12 in the Book of Mormon, it shows us how important it is to rely on Christ in everything we do, because by so doing we will be strengthened and the devil "shall have no power over [us]".

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Church of Jesus Christ, I know that this is the same Church that He set up when He came to this earth. I know that Christ lives, I know that He loves us, I know that through Him we can return to our Father's presence and we would not be able to do this without Him, He died on the cross for us, and He suffered more than we can imagine, so that we could have a second chance. He went through every pain and sorrow we have ever felt, are feeling, and will feel, so that He can turn to us today and help us. He truly loves us, greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who is always there for us, who hears our prayers and blesses us with much more than we deserve. I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet, and I know that he did restore this Church. I can testify with all my heart that I know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are true, I know that they are the word of God, I know that the things which are in them are precious, and that if we live according to their teachings we will have joy. I know that we have a living Prophet and Apostles on this earth today, and I exhort you to listen carefully to what they have to say, as it will improve your life and bring you happiness. But how do I know all this? How can I say these things so confidently? It is because I have prayed about these things and I have felt the Spirit testifying to me that they are true. I promise you, that if you pray to your Heavenly Father asking if any of the things which I have testified about are true, and if you pray with real intent, meaning that you will act upon your answer and change if needs be, you will receive an answer, Heavenly Father will send His Spirit to testify to you the veracity of these things. I invite you to pray about these things and see for yourself whether these things are true or not.

How I live my faith

Currently I am serving as a full time missionary, so I share this wonderful gospel with everyone that I meet and I invite them to come unto Christ. Back home I was called as a ward missionary, that meant that I went out often with the missionaries in the ward to help them find and teach people. I also used to teach a group of men aged 18+ once a month at Church on Sundays. I also did home teaching which is visiting the homes of members that have been assigned to me and my companion and giving them a message and seeing if everything is going well with them. I have also graduated from seminary, which is 4 years of lessons that you start when you are 14. I attended institute which is the next step from seminary.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Helcias Ribeiro
How do we get to know anyone? We talk to them, we try to find out more about them, and we do what we can to be closer to them. That is the same process that we use to come to know our Father in Heaven. We talk to Him through prayer, we ask Him questions and we ask Him to give us His love. We try to find out more about Him by reading the scriptures, where the prophets tell us more about Him and give us their testimony of Him. And lastly we can get closer to Him as we keep His commandments, we will be blessed for doing so, and this will create a love for Him that will bring us closer to Him. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Helcias Ribeiro
The missionaries will share with you a message of happiness, they will share about how the Church of Jesus Christ was restored, they will also talk about a special plan called the plan of salvation, which answers many questions that we have about life, where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. They will teach you the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they will teach you about Jesus Christ and His atonement, and how we can be saved through Him. I promise you that as you listen to them many of your questions will be answered, and I invite you to listen to them and see for yourself if what they are saying is true. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Helcias Ribeiro
We donate 10% of our income, this is called tithing. The Lord says in Malachi 3:10 "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house", this is the purpose of tithing, we donate 10% of our income so that the churches can be run, so that electricity and maintenance can be paid and any other purpose that the church may need. Tithing is not really about the money, it's about the faith that we show as we pay tithing, it's about sacrifice and trusting that the Lord will bless us. The Lord also gives us a promise in Malachi, He says "and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it", by simply paying 10% of our income, He will bless us immensely. Look at it this way, we are giving 10% to the Lord, and He gives us 90%. Since I was a little child my mum has always taught me to pay tithing, she would give me some money and I would pay tithing every month, I grew up doing this so my whole life I have always paid tithing whenever I received any money. If I look back now I have always had everything I wanted, until I turned 18 I had never had a job, but somehow have always had enough money to buy what I needed and wanted. 10% can sometimes hurt you financially, but I promise you that as you pay it you will be blessed with more than you had to start with, I know this because of my own life experiences and the experiences of others. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Helcias Ribeiro
To be honest with you, it's amazing! The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings me so much joy and happiness, more than anything else could. Some say that we are restricted because of the commandments we keep, but all the commandments are there for our safety and happiness. Look at those who thought they were free as they chose not to keep the commandments and did things which put them in jail etc, if you look at them now and if you look at those who keep the commandments of God, who is truly free? I know that this Church will bring nothing but happiness to you, you may think that you are happy now, but I invite you to try live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and see if that will make you any happier! Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Helcias Ribeiro
We are not perfect, and we will never be. We have made mistakes and we will make mistakes. Heavenly Father told us not to do certain things that we have done, so by justice we should be punished and there's no way out, we have sinned we pay for our sins, it would be great if He showed us mercy though right? In Alma 42:25 (in the Book of Mormon) we learn that mercy can't rob justice, and if it happened He would cease to be God. But He loves us and He wants us back with Him, His purpose is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. But we know that mercy can't rob justice, so how can we return to Him? There is only one way, we need a mediator that will pay the price to fulfill the demands of justice and also show us mercy. Jesus Christ is this mediator. He paid the price in full, He didn't just pay bits of it, he paid it all, He suffered every pain, affliction, and sorrow that we have ever felt, are feeling, and will feel, so that He can turn to us and say come, follow me, and I will show you mercy because I understand how you feel for I have felt it too. He had to die for us in order to pay the price in full and give us the opportunity to change and return to our Heavenly Father. This is the Atonement, His sacrifice that saved us from never returning to our Father's presence. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Helcias Ribeiro
Grace is there to transform us, we can look at grace from this perspective, a mother pays for her child to have piano lessons, the mum pays the full price of the lessons then she can turn to her child and ask the child to practice. Will the child's practice pay the piano teacher? No. Will the child's practice pay mum for paying the piano teacher? No. Practice is how the child shows mum appreciation for her gift. Grace works the same way, Christ has paid our debt in full, He has paid for our sins in full, because He has done this He can turn to us and ask us to follow Him and keep His commandments. By doing so will we be paying for our sins? No. Will we be paying Christ for paying for our Sins? No. We will be showing Christ our appreciation for His gift. Grace is not there to make us pay for what we have done, that's been done already, grace is there to transform us into better people as we repent of our sins and try to be better. If we slip up and do something wrong will Christ give up on us and not let us use His grace? Put it this way if the child hits a wrong note while practicing, will the mum give up on them? As long as we keep trying our best, and relying on Christ's grace to be cleansed and to help us He will never give up on us. Grace is there to help us, we need to use it to repent and be changed, it is not something we receive once we've done all we can, it is something we receive to help us do all we can. Grace is Christ's love and mercy as He helps us become holy. Show more Show less