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Hi I'm Rodolfo Funes

and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in El Salvador and my family emigrated to Canada when I was 8. I've moved around a lot, I think the total stands at 32 times, and still counting. I'm a recently returned missionary, I served my mission in the Canada Toronto East Mission. Trying to make all these "life altering" decisions at the moment that will in a very real sense define my future. I work two jobs at the moment and go to school at night. I'm trying to save up for University.

Why I am a Mormon

This goes back a long way. Both my parents are converts to the faith my Mother, from devoted Catholicism, and my Dad, a not so much practicing Catholic. Therefore, I was born a Mormon. Now, like every inquiring and curious person I had my doubts. My enthusiasm left when I was about 16 or 17, I stopped attending most of my meetings, and at one point I stopped going completely. I really just wanted independence. I figured that by going against what I was taught I could accomplish that; I was so wrong. I started numbing out to the feeling of emptiness once I stopped going to church, it wasn't until I started coming back that I realized what I was missing out on. In the church we have a program, called Institute, for youth ages 18-30. I used my job as an excuse, I was an 24/7 on call tire repairman, so I always said, "I might have to work, so I don't want to stay up to late." It worked most of the time. One day I just decided to be swayed, and am I glad I did! I showed up and I didn't really know any one. I had started to read the Book of Mormon in search for answers, to know if what had been in front of me my whole life was true! Institute I figured would be a good way, so no more excuses. One person came up to me and we started talking, we became really good friends and we both started reading scriptures together. I still remember the day I got my answer! It changed me forever, and it was such a short moment. In May of 2008, President Thomas S. Monson, a person whom I now know to be a prophet of God, had come up to Canada for a conference! We sat in the congregation with my sister, I nearly fell asleep for most of it, but I decided that I had come, so I might as well pay attention (If only I had done so sooner). President Monson was the last speaker, that's all I recall, and he had finished his words and the last Hymn begun to be played. "I know that my Redeemer lives." It rocked my world! I started wiping away the tears of joy,and I knew, My Redeemer Lives!

How I live my faith

Living in British Columbia, the church isn't too wide spread. At first not too many of my friends knew that I was a member of the church. After returning from my Mission in Toronto, I make it a point to make sure everyone knows that I just moved back from Toronto and that I was a missionary there. That's what changed everything for me. My mission! I try to read my scriptures everyday, although I sometimes fail, I enjoy it very much, It helps me to find the answers, peace and direction that I need in my life. Both my Book of Mormon and Bible mean everything in my life, it's one of the many ways God speaks to me! I've even brought a copy of the Book of Mormon to work, everyone always asks about it, and I love sharing it's history. I love going to church on Sunday's, even though it's a little bit longer than most other churches, it helps me build my faith and strengthen my personal relationship with My Father in Heaven. My dad is a Bible Study class teacher called seminary, it's for youth ages 14-18, and I help him out teaching it once in a while at 6:30 A.M! I love seeing the youth, some willingly, others not so much, trying to build that personal relationship also! One of the best ways I see to do this is to keep our bodies clean, to abstain from Alcohol and Tobacco has been a challenge growing up, but it hasn't been impossible. One of my driving forces for that was my little sister. Trying to be an example setter for her. It's hard to do something wrong when someone has such a high expectation of you. It wasn't until more recently that I realized that if she has such a high expectation, imagine that of My Heavenly Father's.