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Hi I'm Dario

I grew up in Mexico. I lived in China for a few months where I met my wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a Latino student from Mexico. I’m in college now, studying International Relations. I like foreign affairs and to learn new languages, I always find fascinating to learn from different countries cultures. One of my favorite things to do is to read history books that help me learn from the past. I also like to write short novels and poetry. I’m not a good writer but I have found that by writing I can express very unique feelings and thoughts that are hard to be expressed other way. That’s also why I like to have a personal journal. For the last two years, I have been studying Chinese language and culture; I have lived in Asia for some time also. I love the millenary history of this continent. Even tough I live out of home and spent long periods of time far away from home, I have found two things. One, family is the most important thing in my life, the love that I have for my parents and siblings and the love they have for me, gives me strength to keep going, to keep studying, working and doing good. Family is my source of strength. And two, having knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ allows me to understand better other people’s feelings. Sometimes language is hard, and cultural barriers are thick, but service, charity, a simple smile is a universal language.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon, because it helps me understand my purpose on earth. It makes me happy and gives me hope, it helps me be a better person, and strength my desire to love and serve my family and those around me. Some years ago, when I was on High School, my father challenged me to read a volume of scriptures that we hold as the Word of God in the Church, called the Book of Mormon. When my father challenged me to read daily and pray to get to know the truth of this book, I wondered why I should do it, because I have grown in the Church and I was taught those were truths. What I had at that time, was the teachings from my parents, and a tender example of a loving family. But my father knew of the importance to get to know the truth by myself. I did read and prayed for several months, and during that time I got to know much more about myself, my role as one of God's children, and the responsibility that comes with the privilege of having experienced what I did experience. I simply felt joy. I felt happiness for having a Heavenly Father who cares about me, I felt gratitude for a Plan of Salvation, which allows us to return to Heaven if we endure during our time on this earth. This knowledge came not from my parents, they prepared me and paved the way with good teachings, but it was ultimately my responsibility to seek for answers. I'm a Mormon because I received a personal sweet, delicate, yet powerful answer that this is God's truth on earth. After that personal experience, I decided to serve a two year mission for the Church. That was a beautiful opportunity to invite others to do the same that I did. To pray, to ask, and to listen to God's voice which is always inviting us to come unto Him.

How I live my faith

Service in the Church and in my community are important ways to experience personal growth and to show gratitude for all the blessings I receive every day. In church, I have an assignment in which I have responsibility to teach every Sunday a class for people of my age. At first I was very scared of doing so. I’m an international student, and I was being asked to teach not only a class for my peers, which I considered very challenging, but also I was asked to do so using my second language. I prayed to God and asked for strength and guidance. Since the very first Sunday that I taught the class, I noticed that I was receiving God’s help. To teach that first class was in fact, very difficult for me, but I would never forget the feeling that I experienced when I spoke of the scriptures and bare my testimony. I knew that that I was receiving Heavenly help. I also like to serve in my community. There are plenty of people to serve, sometimes it is small details but even those make a big difference in the life of my family and friends. I’m not always perfectly aware of service opportunities, but I have tried to pray for them, and I try to humble myself to find others to help. In fact, when I’m having a hard time in finding such opportunities, I know it’s a good time to ask myself, what should I improve or what am I missing. Sometimes is hard to set in our schedules big opportunities to serve, but I have learned that when I take some time to be God’s hand among my family and friends I came out more edified and ready to learn and progress. Few joys in life are compared to those of having someone smile because of my help, and to be able to feel peace and smile because I know that I did as Christ would have done.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has no political affiliation, and remains neutral on political activity. As declared by the Church, its purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ, not to elect politicians, and this applies to all the nations were the Church is established. In the same way, the Church does not endorse nor promote political parties, and its members are not directed to vote for specific candidates. Elected officials who are also members of the Church, does not represent the Church's position. However, the Church does encourages us, members of the Church, to play a responsible role as citizens of the nations, to be informed, and to exercise our right to vote. Also, we are expected to respect others who think different and to participate in dialogue and exchange of ideas to reach consensus. In the Church, we learn since we are young to be responsible and to seek to serve our communities and families. The Church's programs aims to strength our capacity and willingness to serve others. In this same context, we support leaders and programs which purposes are to make a better world. I personally support leaders who inspire those principles, and pray that whoever is elected would make wise decisions for the welfare of our nations and those of others. To obey, honor, and sustain the law of our country is an important responsibility of every member of our church. Show more Show less