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Hi I'm Ruben

I am from Virginia and I am very heavily into music; being able to play the guitar, trumpet, mellophone, and also singing.

About Me

I am Ruben. Anyone who knows me would knows that I am into music. I stared around first grade on guitar and still play to this day. That being said I didn't want to at first, but I eventually became obsessed with the instrument soon after. My two sisters also are into music, but we all have our own diverse instruments and our own music we like. Foe example, my younger sister is best at Clarinet and my older sister is best on piano. We all have performed in variety shows, played in pits of musicals and have been in the marching and Jazz band. One of the coolest things I have ever gotten to do is perform in Carnegie Hall New York, where our High School choir was chosen to perform. Music is my blood and life, and besides the church, there is nothing else that can come close to where I put my time and dedication to most. Right now both of my sisters are in college for their instruments and I myself am serving a mission. So don't be surprised to see that I will be playing my guitar during my mission, because that is something that will never die.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, I will get that out right now; but do not take my words lightly when I say this. In High School I was facing depression and was failing to meet expectations of my parents. Going though this time, lets just say there was something that was faltering me and the church, not drugs or alcohol or things like that, but a thought, a leech of a thought, was prohibiting me from fixing myself and my attitude towards the world. Words of peers around me, the lack of purity in the people in the world. And the constant barrage of people mocking, despising, and multiple abandonment of friends, or people who I thought were my friends, caused me to be lonely. It was only me and my thoughts. And my thoughts were my worst enemy. I never did show it, nor did anyone but myself, knew the mental war that was going on. As Shakespeare said in Julius Caesar, 'A man who thinks to much is dangerous...' I didn't fall away, but I was going though emotions, being in church and school and home, but never actually being there. It is easy to get lost in the world, to see the darkness gloom over you, but the people of the Church, and the words which the scriptures tell me, have single-handedly helped me get back on my feet. It didn't happen in a day, and the thoughts still linger, but have been subdued. Like the founder of our church and first Prophet, Joseph Smith pondered on a simple question. "Which church is the right one?" only to found this church some time later. I asked my self a similar question. "Is this church true?" Only to shorty after getting a remark not of my own thoughts or voice, but a voice of someone else saying "You already know. You are here now and ready more than ever." This is only one account of multiple things, and I cannot, nor deny God's hand in my life. To me, there is no denying of it.

How I live my faith

I do my best to tell others who I am. Many friends of mind tend to be confused or misheard some things about the LDS church. Know that I will be open and vocal, but enough to give them the basics and a solid understanding of what we believe. I have had the responsibility of looking over the young men of our Ward, which is terrifying in its own right. I want people to know that I personally, will do anything to help.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No, I am Hispanic being half Guatemalan, and half Venezuelan. And I hold the priesthood as long as I follow the teachings of Christ and Prophets old and modern. Every man who is worthy and honest with their fellow men, may hold and use the priesthood to help others around them. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Yes, if you have a Book of Mormon I recommend reading 3 Nephi in its entirety. Although it doesn't happen till chapter 11, it is good to get a before and after read. And remember in the Bible, Jesus says that he must leave his apostles to speak to other that are not from their land. Show more Show less