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Hi I'm Silvana

I'm a mom, a teacher, and a physical therapist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I am the mom of an energetic two year old. I love making memories with her and with my husband, and hearing her discover new things. My heart melts when I hear her call my name, and hearing her laugh makes me feel like I'm floating. I am a doctor of physical therapy and work full-time in a clinic helping others heal and become stronger. I love my profession and the impact it has on others. I am in constant awe of the resiliency of the human body; I am so grateful that our Heavenly Father designed such an amazing machine in which we can experience the world. I know the challenges that come from life, and I know how conscious God is of each of us individually. I have felt that reality as I laid in a hospital bed after being assaulted at gunpoint, when circumstances made me live 2,000 miles away from my husband for nearly two years, and as I was wheeled into the operating room for an emergency c-section. I am a living example of how the gospel brings peace and joy to our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

It all started in 1956 when two missionaries knocked on my grandparent's door. Grandma let them in to make my grandpa jealous, and immediately she felt something different. She received answers to questions that she had had since being a young girl. This heritage doesn't make my testimony, however. I was raised in the church, but I gained my own knowledge and testimony by studying the words of the Savior and by asking God if they were true. They are! When I was sixteen, just before my senior year of high school, my family moved from Guatemala to Mexico. I was sent to live with another family in Mexico City to finish my senior year, while my parents and siblings lived four hours away in Veracruz. I remember feeling so alone-- living away from home, transplanted into a new school, and surrounded by unfamiliar people and places. I had been taught to seek comfort through prayer, and it was honestly the only thing I could do; crying and calling my parents all the time didn't help! Slowly, my relationship with Heavenly Father became more personal. I truly felt His arms around me often, and answers to my prayers came so clearly. Even though it was the hardest year of my life to that point, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I received a clear understanding of how much He loves me, and that knowledge is the greatest thing I know. After college, I served a mission in California and taught people how to gain answers to their prayers. It's amazing how the Lord allows us to pass through trials so that we can use our experiences to grow and help others. I am grateful for every opportunity I've had to serve other children of God, and now to teach my own daughter.

How I live my faith

I live the principles of the gospel every day, and I love it! My husband is currently serving as the Branch President of our small Spanish Branch, overlooking the spiritual and physical welfare of our congregation. One of the ways that I live the gospel is by supporting him and serving at his side, whether it's visiting members, encouraging the youth, or simply preparing a snack for him to take as he rushes out the door to meetings! I love working in tandem with him to help other people feel the love of our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I serve as the sunday school teacher for our branch. I don't teach because I know everything-- prayerfully preparing the lesson each week teaches me so much! Hearing other people's comments regarding God and Jesus Christ strengthens my testimony and my faith. The members of my class teach me so much through their heartfelt answers to questions we discuss. My mother and brother both teach the same class in their congregation in Guatemala, so it's fun to talk to them each week about the lesson and gain their insight and ideas. I also serve as a visiting teacher. This is a special calling for me because I really enjoy getting to know other people and it's a special way to share my love for them. Visiting sisters in their homes helps me build stronger relationships with them, which I value so much. I've made some great friends and have been able to comfort and be comforted through this service. When our daughter was born, it was so nice to feel the love of the members of our Ward, and their delicious meals made recovering from childbirth easier!