“I Dreamed of Becoming a Priest”—by Roberto Pacheco

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YEAR BORN: 1957

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: MEXICO

HISTORY: SEMINARY STUDENT; VIOLENT TEMPER

MY PAST:

I WAS born in the small town of Texoco. At the time, most of the streets were unpaved and dusty. We were a very poor family of nine children, of which I was number seven. My grandfather played the violin and was the conductor of an orchestra that specialized in classical religious music. Almost all my family members played an instrument. We were religiously inclined—I was an altar boy, and I dreamed of becoming a Catholic missionary. At the same time, I was a fan of karate movies. The more I watched those movies, the more I developed a violent nature.

I entered a religious school in Puebla that functioned like a seminary. My goal was to become a Catholic priest. But during my last year of studies, I became disillusioned with the Catholic Church. I observed that several priest were living a hypocritical lifestyle. Eventually, I abandoned my goal of becoming a priest.

I decided to study music at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City (photo above). When I graduated, I got married, and my wife and I soon had four children. I provided for the family by singing Mass in the Catholic Church.

From the very beginning, our marriage was in trouble. My wife and I were violent toward each other, largely because we harbored feelings of jealousy. At first we attacked each other verbally, then physically. Finally, after 13 years, we decided to separate and later to divorce.

HOW THE BIBLE CHANGED MY LIFE:

I was living with another woman, Elvira, when I came in contact with Jehovah’s Witnesses and study the Bible on a regular basis. Even so, it took me several years to break free from my past. I realized that if I wanted to worship Jehovah wholeheartedly, I needed to make some big changes. First I had to quit my job singing Mass in the Catholic Church, wich meant that I had to find another means of making a living. (Revelation 18:4) I also needed to legalize my marriage with Elvira.

One of the hardest changes, though, was to learn to control my explosive temper. Two Bible verses especially helped me: Psalm 11:5, which shows that Jehovah hates violence, and 1Peter 3:7, which taught me that if I want Jehovah to hear my prayers, I must treat my wife with honor. As I meditated on those verses and prayed for Jehovah’s help, I was gradually able to bring my temper under control.

HOW I HAVE BENEFITED:

I now enjoy a happy family life. I am striving to repair my relationship with my sons from my first marriage and to help my present family to stay strong in the faith. Now I feel that my life has true meaning. I support my family by teaching music. I am so grateful that Jehovah was patient with me, giving me the opportunity to change and become a better person!

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