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My name is Joaquin FB. I was raised in a city, a minute away by a beautiful beach located in the Mediterranean, in Valencia, Spain. I love my country. I am currently finishing a doctoral degree in Health Promotion and Education in USA. I used to be a personal trainer of professional motorcycle riders, car racers, and other motor sports. I enjoy healthy lifestyle. I am vegetarian and love to practice meditation and yoga. I also enjoy music: singing and playing the trumpet and harmonica. I enjoy time with my family and friends. Nature is wonderful and so is the food from hometown: Paella and Fideuá. I Love it! Best food ever! My mom is an excellent cook :) I also enjoy writing stories to inspire children to be healthy. I am a good son, a good brother, a good uncle, and look forward to find a good beautiful woman and start my own family. Ah, and most important of all. I am a Mormon! Brings GREAT JOY to my life. :)
Quite simple. I know it is true. I did research and deeply searched for truth over seven years. I searched with an open heart and mind. My question in mind was simple: Which is the purpose of life? I found many sincere people, mentors, and teachers who even wrote books about body, mind and spirituality, who did not have answer to my question. I lived with Catholic Priests for two weeks thinking I would join them...as their work of serving others in need was remarkable. However, something within my heart would prompt me to keep searching. The feeling was: Keep searching, you have not found it yet...whenever you find it you will know it. I did keep searching following my heart...and with time I was introduced to the mormon missionaries. The Elders (missionaries) extended me the following invitation: "Joaquin, don´t believe what we just taught you. Just go home and pray to God about it. Ask Him to confirm to you if the message we are sharing is true." It was not easy, but when I was able to humble myself and ready to ask with real intent and sincerity, I received a clear answer to my prayer. An answer by what now I understand as the power of the Holy Ghost. A feeling and confirmation to my prayers indicating that the LDS church is true. I had many spiritual experiences in the past, but none like this one(s). Feeling the Holy Ghost when confirms to us the truthfulness of the existence of God, the reality of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world, the truth of the restoration of the Gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith, and the reality of living prophets in this day...is quite different from any other spiritual experience I had before. Through this type of spiritual confirmation my spirit just knew that these things are true and there is not any excuse or reasoning by which I could deny such sacred communication. I decided to join the church. That was in 1998. My mother was baptized in 2008. Now, 2010, 12 years later, notwithstanding life challenges, I still have great joy in living the gospel and sharing it with others...as I know it is true. You may see a video in which I share my conversion story from Catholic to agnostic, and from searcher of truth to mormon (Christian). Just type "jofenbat" in YouTube. Now my goal is just to be faithful to the commitments I took when I was baptized. I am living these covenants now and I want to live them till my last breath.
The Holy Ghost has helped me and still helps me almost every day. I just need to be aware of its touch in my life. Some times is very clear, others is more imperceptible if I don´t live mindfully. In one of the many occasions in which I have felt the guidance of the Holy Ghost, I was able to know of people who was in great need of help...and turned out that they were praying for that type of help I could provide. I have also been guided in small personal things, such as finding the lost keys of my home after praying or other bigger things such as getting into a Master Program in which I would receive a scholarship with tuition waiver and a job. There are other ways: Receiving comfort in difficult moments is a common one. Receiving inspiration to write something helpful to me or to others is another way in which I have been assisted by the Holy Ghost...and there are many others.
This Book has great power! After I decided I was going to be baptized, a few days before my baptism. I recalled of some things I did in the past in which I did not have been honest with other people. I knew I had to fix that. I went to visit a person I wanted to apologize for not being honest. As I got ready to render my visit, I opened the Book of Mormon seeking for some inspiration and strength. I opened the book randomly and started to read. Then, I read something that pierced my heart and also brought a sense of forgiveness. I knew God knew about me and what I was experiencing. I knew He was telling me through those simple verses in 3 Nephi 30 that I was doing the right thing as I needed to repent of my past transgressions in order to be forgiven. So many other experiences have come through reading and pondering the words in the Book of Mormon as well as in Doctrine and Covenants and other scriptures, including the Holy Bible. I love the scriptures. I love the Book of Mormon. It has great power.
I just seek to apply the advice of the living prophets. I keep my heart open to opportunities to serve around me in simple and small ways. I just choose to live happy. I enjoy sharing the treasure of the gospel with others. I seek for the guidance and inspiration that comes from Heaven through the Holy Ghost. I read and ponder the scriptures in a daily basis. I pray expressing gratitude for the many blessings I receive from God and ask for additional blessings, both for myself and others. I seek to be a light wherever I go because God has given us all the ability to be a light in this world. I am often influenced by the light of others, their kindness and good example. In my ward I enjoy the friendship of members and enjoy serving in any calling I may be asked to serve. :)