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Hi I'm JP

Born in Lima, Peru. Raised in California. Currently a high school math teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am first and foremost a husband. I am sealed for time and eternity to my wonderful wife. I am a father of two wonderful boys, one of which is a U.S. Marine. I have (and have always had) a deep love for mathematics and science. I earned a B.S. in Mathematics and have been teaching high school for the past fifteen years. I enjoy teaching engineering and technology after school as the lead mentor for my school's FIRST Robotics team. There is no greater joy and satisfaction than knowing I make a difference in the life of young minds. God has truly blessed my life.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer is because I firmly believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God's true church on the Earth today. I believe this because the Holy Ghost has manifested this to me. I have read the Book of Mormon and as I do so, the spirit testifies to me that what I am reading is true. I grew up in the church, both my parents were converts. Yet as I grew older I knew that I had to know for myselft if the church really was true. I attended other churches and learned a little about other religions during my high school years. Friends would invite me on youth nights and sunday service, and I would go - perhaps to be polite, but also, I was curious. Then something profound happened. One Sunday I went to administer the sacrament to a sister in the ward who was stricken with cancer. As we entered the home, I recognized a feeling of peace in the home, despite the grim situation. We were directed to the bedroom where this frail sister lay in bed, her family next to her bedside tending to her needs. We then proceeded to administer the sacrament to her. She could scarecly partake of the bread and water, those sacred emblems, and it was made evident that she was ever so weak from the cancer. Although she could not utter any words, the love and grattitude that radiated through her eyes, I shall never forget. Then and there in that humble home, the spirit testified to me as never before that God lives, that He loves each of us, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ that I had come to know is true. I was but sixteen years old. With that testimony of the gospel (and there are other such experiences) I know that this is God's church. There is so much good that goes forth, from missionary work to humanitarian efforts, I am certain that Jesus Christ is at the head of his church - this church.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in all aspects of my life. I give of my time to my family, my wife, my children. I spend more time at work than is necessary to teach my students and get them on the right track to higher education. At church I am called to work with children in the ward. My wife and I teach Sunday school. In the past I have worked with the youth, as a cub scout leader, boy scout leader, and an early morning seminary teacher. There is a hymn entitled, "Because I have been given much" that is in our hymn book. I love that hymn. I try to live my life by the words found therein. The next line is, "I too must give." I have been given much, the Lord has blessed me, and so, I try to help others. I firmly believe that is how God helps his children. If I help someone, maybe they were praying for my help. When I need help, I am ever so grateful for those who have and who do help me.