Hi I'm Delia Parentela Cabrera
I'm a mother of three and a grandmother of six. I was a vocal teacher for over 25 years. Music has been a love of my life - I started performing at an early age and continued on to perform with my own children. I also love to write, read, go to the temple and work out at the gym. I have gone through so many trials in my life that made me who I am today. If you want to know more of me, please visit my blog. My writings will hopefully inspire and make you smile.
Why I am a Mormon
I am so blessed to have found the church. The gospel brings real joy in my life. When I was Catholic, many questions remained unanswered. The first thing that made me curious in finding out more about being a Mormon was seeing a family prayed. All I knew was the recited prayers like Our Father, Hail Mary, etc. I realize now that it was the Holy Ghost that moved me deeply upon hearing them pray. This way of praying led the missionaries to my door. The very same way, helped me be close to my Father in Heaven who always hear my sincere pleadings. The knowledge of the true gospel of Jesus Christ gives me hope when things seem beyond repair and there's no one to turn to. What greater hope is there when I know where I came from, why I'm here and where I'm going. I challenge you to find out for yourself if these things are true like I did. You will know as the Spirit testifies to you like He did to me. Now, as I continue to follow the commandments, tremendous blessings are constant in my life. With my Ward family, I feel the love of my Savior as each one tries to emulate Him through service, kindness and sincere love for one another. This family closeness and fellowship is the same where ever I go. It's because this church is true and Jesus, our Savior is its head. We are led by a living prophet today as it was in the olden days because our Heavenly Father has never ceased loving His children. I have never felt His love this way before I was a Mormon. I have never been this happy and I wish everyone in the entire world would experience the same. I am eternally grateful to be a Mormon.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
Before I joined the church, I prayed to help me with my ambivalent feeling about Joseph Smith. Now I know that he is a true prophet of God. That we have a living prophet just like how the church was in the olden days. Joseph Smith gave his life when he had the chance to spare his life by merely denying the truth. He was the instrument of God in bringing the Book Of Mormon on the earth and establishing His church so that we may all return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus again. I challenge you to pray just like I did for the truthfulness of the Book Of Mormon and find it our for yourself.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I'm a convert to the church. Here's my story: In a small town called Daly City, I was blessed to have a Filipino family next door – a single mom with two grown sons. As I frequented her place, I was always moved by the way she prayed before her sons would leave the house. One day, I was so touched that I had to ask her how she learned to pray that way. You see, I was born and raised as a Catholic. We never prayed that way at all. My curiousity fed into her missionary state of mind. That was the very first time Iheard about the LDS Church. She brought me to Relief Society Meetings which were held during weeknights. That progressed into my first Sacrament Meeting which I confessed now, was frightening and intimidating. It was a Fast and Testimony Meeting That progressed into the Missionary Discussions at her place. However, my baptism did not materialize at that time. My husband would not give his written consent which was required back then. But I continued going to church without becoming a member. That seemed enough at that time. Years passed and we moved to the other side of the Bay Area. We befriended more Filipino families in that area. All of them were Catholics except for the odd one, Baptist. I did not go to church because I knew the desire of my heart that knows the truth. But since I was not a member, I did not know what to do and how to go about finding an LDS Church. I recall how my heart ached for a religion to belong to and my soul was yearning for something missing in my life. The Baptist friend brought me to one of their fellowship meetings and on that particular meeting, the Pastor asked for those who believed in Jesus Christ to stand up. I was thrilled and proud to raise my hand and stood up. Little did I know that such gesture was a consent to join their church, The pastor and some members of their church started coming to my house, pressuring me for a commitment to be baptized. With a conviction and a confidence that even surprised me as I look back, I told them that I am a Catholic but I would like to be a Mormon. They came armed with ammunitions of Anti-Mormon brochures, books, etc. on their subsequent visits. I was questioned, confronted. disputed and resisted every which way I turned. I began to doubt the tiny seed that was in me concerning the Mormon Church. I was in so much confusion and turmoil inside that one day I found myself weeping in my prayers. I remember asking specifically for a miracle, for a sign, for anything to get me out of such miserable and difficult situation. The morning after, I heard the knocks on my door and when I opened it, standing there were two LDS missionaries. I exclaimed: “Oh, it’s you!” They were stunned by my reaction to which they asked: “Do you know us? Are you a member? I replied: “No, but you are the answer to my prayers”, as tears rolled down my cheeks. They told me that they were not supposed to be on that street. They already planned where to go tracting but one of them insisted. That was not a coincidence. Heavenly Father sent them to where I lived. He was a loving Father who was aware of my needs and answered my prayers. I was baptized and it's the best thing that ever happened in my life.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
I'm very grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the joy it brings to my life. It is so amazing that through Him, I can be forgiven of my sins. With the Book Of Mormon, I get to know more of my Savior. When life's trials seem hard to take, I find answers in the scriptures, I feel my Father's arms literally around me and He hears me. I don't see my life without the gospel. My life has a purpose now knowing who I am, where I came from and where I'm going.
How I live my faith
I have always called to serve in a position that has something to do with Music. I am now a Music Leader for the organization for children under the age of 12. I teach them the gospel through songs. I try to motivate them to sing and learn to love good music. It is a very rewarding job.