Chat With a Mormon Online
I grew up in southern Mexico and came to the United States ten years ago to get a college education. In the process, I met and married a wonderful woman and together we have four beautiful children. We enjoy every moment we spend together as a family. I love playing with my children, going on dates with my wife, watching college football and international soccer. I enjoy learning all about the world in which we live, from music and arts to science and biology. I earned a bachelors degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology and a Ph.D. in Microbiology with an emphasis in Cancer Cell Biology. Learning is, and will always be, a central part of my life.
I was raised in a loving Mormon family where I learned about Jesus Christ's life and teachings. I have never doubted the reality of our Savior's existence but during my teenage years, as it happens with most other youth, I was trying to find myself out, to define who I was. Having been raised a Mormon, finding out for myself if everything I had been taught and believed about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith was true became an important part of this process. I decided I would go to the source of all knowledge and ask God, directly, whether the Book of Mormon was true and Joseph Smith a prophet of God. I spent several weeks reading the scriptures, pondering these things and asking God for direction in prayer. Knowing He is my Father, I trusted that He would answer my question. My faith was eventually rewarded and an answer given. The answer I then received transformed my life forever and has been the source of much joy and happiness. Ever since that day, I have known unequivocally that I am a child of God and that He loves me and cares enough about me to answer my prayers. Ever since that day, I have known for myself that Joseph Smith was called by God to be a modern-day prophet and that the Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ. This knowledge has been reconfirmed throughout my life numerous times since that initial experience and has grown to define the person that I am and the happiness I enjoy in my life. Because we are all children of God, I know this experience is not and cannot be unique to me. All of us can aspire to receive life-changing guidance from our Father if only we are willing to approach him in prayer, believing we can receive. This is why I am a Mormon.
Regular family prayer and family scripture study have helped our home become more harmonious. It seems like when we are faithfully doing those two things we have an increased measure of patience and love for our children and they do much better at being kind and loving to one another. Having family dinners has also helped us develop greater harmony in our home. Having the opportunity to talk and listen to one another over dinner has certainly brought us closer together and developed a culture of open communication in our home. Finally, figuring out how to have a fun time together as a family, playing board games at home or enjoying outdoor activities, has proved to be a very effective tool for making our home a more harmonious place.
I live my faith by trying to emulate the way Jesus Christ lived His life. For example, I often remember one of His teachings known as “the golden rule” which, paraphrased, says to do unto others as you would like them to do unto you (Matthew 7:12). It is a simple and yet powerful truth that has been a continual blessing throughout my life. It guides my interactions with everyone around me whether they are family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or complete strangers.