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Hi I'm Fernanda

I was born in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. when I was 13. I am an attorney. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Mexico City, always admiring the U.S. and desiring to learn to speak English. When I was 13, I came to the U.S. as an exchange student and became fluent in English. I went back to Mexico and, at the age of 15, I began teaching English as a foreign language at a university in Mexico City. After finishing high school I returned to the U.S. to pursue my college degree at Brigham Young University. I worked in Paris, France and Washington, D.C. before deciding to attend law school. I am an attorney now and I love what I do. I have been married for almost 7 years. I love learning languages and traveling. I have traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Besides English and Spanish I speak French, Italian, and I am learning German. I also love scuba diving, skiing, and any sport that involves being outdoors. I miss my family in Mexico very much.

Why I am a Mormon

Like most people in Mexico, I grew up Catholic. When I was 13, I moved in with an LDS family where I learned for the first time about the LDS Church or Mormons. I became intrigued by how strong their faith seemed to be. I began wondering if it was possible for there to be more than one "true" religion. I went to my room one day and asked Heavenly Father to show me the way, and to let me know if the LDS Church was true. Three years later, when I was back in Mexico City, I saw the missionaries pass by my house. I felt a strong desire to stop them and talk to them, but I wasn't sure what I was going to say so I let them go. A few days later, my mom told me she had also seen American missionaries pass by and since she wanted to practice English, she sent my brother to chase them down the street and invite them over for dinner. The missionaries began teaching my family and I the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every time the missionaries came I felt a joy that I had not experienced before. They asked me to ask Heavenly Father if the message they shared with me was true. At first I was skeptical and did not think that an omnipotent God would take the time to answer a teenager's prayers, but every time I prayed I felt a peace and happiness I cannot describe. After pondering those feelings, I remembered the prayer I had said when I was 13 asking Heavenly Father to show me the way. I realized that this was the answer to that prayer. My entire family and I decided to get baptized shortly thereafter. Since that time, I have become closer to my Heavenly Father. I have a testimony that I am His daughter and that He loves me and is aware of my every need. Although living away from my family in Mexico makes me feel lonely at times, I know that I have Heavenly Father to rely on and He is always there for us.

How I live my faith

I teach the Gospel to new members and people investigating the Church. I love teaching to this group because they are full of faith and are seeking for answers. It reminds me of when I was brand new in the Church. My husband and I also taught a morning class called seminary to high school kids for 2 years while I was in law school. It was one of the most rewarding experiences we have had. I love sharing my faith with those around me. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has brough so much happiness to my life that I want others to feel the same.