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Hi I'm Edgar

I'm a Guatemalan. I have perfected the great arts of diaper changing, fingernail painting, and story telling. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m originally from Guatemala, but I was raised in Idaho. My mother began attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after a friend invited her to go to church with her. She did so reluctantly, but after going only a few times she felt strongly that it was indeed Christ’s Church, so she was baptized. A few years later, we moved to Idaho where I have spent most of my life. I served a two-year mission in Texas and loved every minute of it. Okay, truth be told, there were days (which almost always involved 100+ degree weather) I wondered if I could walk from door to door for the next twelve hours. Fortunately, the moment I began sharing the gospel and seeing the hope it brought people, I became rejuvenated. After my mission I met the most wonderful girl. She was so amazing that I asked her to marry me two months after I met her and we were married two months after that. Six years later, we are still happily married with three beautiful children. After my undergrad I worked for three years before getting an MBA. I currently work for one of the largest tech companies in the world as a People and Organizational Capability Consultant (yeah, I don’t know what that means either). My hobbies include painting children’s fingernails (I make some awesome polka dots), reading children’s storybooks, brushing children’s teeth, and pretending to be a prince. Additionally, I like to read, run, watch good movies, hang out with my family, and think of crazy business ideas.

Why I am a Mormon

As a youth I had one of the most important spiritual experiences of my life. It happened on a very early, dark and cold Sunday morning as I was walking to church alone. Freezing and a bit frightened, I grew insecure about what I was doing. I wondered why I was making such an effort to go to church, which eventually led me to question whether there really was a God. As I sincerely pondered this question, I became filled with the most illuminating feeling. The best way to describe this feeling then is still the best way to describe it now—I felt as if Heavenly Father had come down, hugged me tight, and told me He was indeed real, cared for me, and was proud of me. As a result of that simple yet profound feeling I can confidently say there is a Father in Heaven who knows and cares for each of us and is ever ready to help us know that truth. Some of you may think a “feeling” is not enough to know such things. But I plead for you to reconsider because this is how God works. To Peter, for testifying to know Jesus was the Christ, our Savior said, “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Later, two disciples would also gain a testimony of Christ through the Father. They would recall, “Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures?” I promise you that a feeling is enough to those who have experienced it. And since that day I have experienced many more. They come after sincerely desiring to know the truth enough to humbly ask our Father for answers. In short—I’m a Mormon because I have pondered and prayed about important subjects and received the most enlightening feelings. I can undoubtedly declare, through spiritual experiences which in some cases are too personal to share, we are children of a loving Spiritual Father and that through His son Jesus Christ we can be forgiven of our sins and live a life of happiness and peace.

How I live my faith

Everything I do is because of my faith in Christ. His example, teachings, and commandments guide my life. As I strive to be like Him, I am blessed for my effort. As a result, I believe to be one of the happiest and most blessed people on this earth. Quite frequently, I stop to admire the faces of my beautiful children and wife, our warm home, the food we have to eat, the talents I am blessed with, the friends who support me, the family who loves me, etc. and can’t help but be grateful to my Father for all the things He gives me as I strive to follow His son’s example. The thing about Christ that inspires me the most is His willingness to give all of himself for the good and salvation of mankind. Although, I will never be able to match his contribution, I desire to contribute to society to the best of my ability. Therefore, I seek out and enjoy any activity that will benefit others. At home, the time I spend with my kids is so important to me that I try not to waste any of it. I’m constantly listening to and observing them, trying to diagnose deficiencies and strengths, challenging them with new projects, and teaching them whatever I can. At work I am responsible for the development of employees, managers, and high potentials. I love to think about the things they need to do their job well and figure out creative and effective ways to fulfill their needs. At church, as a teacher, I spend hours planning my lessons and thinking about what specific scriptures, stories, and tips I can share with the men of the Church to help them become better husbands, fathers, and leaders. In my community, I am an aspiring entrepreneur and am working to create a company that will benefit the lives of people all over the world.