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Hi I'm Alma

I'm a Mormon. I was born in Mexico, but grew up in Southern California. I am married and have three beautiful daughters.

About Me

Although I was born in Jalisco, Mexico, my family migrated to the U.S. when I was 3, so I grew up in Southern California and have lived here all my life. I come from a family of five children. I have one brother and three sisters whom I am very close with. I have a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I love to teach and would like to make a career as an ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher. My hobbies include reading, dancing, taking pictures, playing rock band with my family, and making home movies. I love the summer and going to the beach. I love learning about other cultures and languages. If I had a lot of money, I would definitely use it to travel around the world. My husband is from Argentina. He was born in Mar del Plata, but grew up in Posadas, Misiones Province. I have learned to love the Argentine culture, especially their delicious food! My mother-in-law taught me how to make "empanadas" and "milanesas". One of our favorite pastimes is to make a good Argentine "asado" and talk the afternoon away while we savor the delicious meat, topped with "chimichurri" sauce. We have three beautiful daughters who are 6, 3 and 4 months. As a Hispanic family, we try to only speak Spanish at home so that our daughters can be bilingual. We love having two languages and two cultures; we have fun "mixing" it up! An empanada with "pico de gallo", anyone?

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church, in other words, my parents were already members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was born. As a child you go to church because your parents take you and you don't think much about it, but there comes a time when you have to know for yourself if what you are doing is right. So it was with me. I had to know for myself if the church I had been going to all my life was true. I was older and knew that my church wasn't the only one on the planet. At school I had learned about many other religions and practices. I began to question the things I had been taught. I went through a "searching" process. I studied, I prayed, I pondered and prayed some more. Nothing ever "big" happened in my searching, I never saw angels or anything, but over time, small things and sacred experiences have testified to me that this is the one true church of Christ. I know for a fact that God lives because he has answered many of my prayers and I have felt his love through the Holy Spirit. I know that Jesus Christ is our literal Savior and through his Atoning Sacrifice we can be redeemed from our sins and become clean and one day live with him again. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church, which has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God just as the Bible is. We have living prophets and apostles today just like in the Primitive Church in Jesus' time. I know that our prophet today, Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of God. I know that the only path to Eternal Life is through Jesus Christ and following his commandments. Nothing has brought more joy to my life than being a "Mormon". The church gives meaning to everything I do. I am grateful for the simple and beautiful teachings we receive in church. I am grateful to know that I am a daughter of God and that my life has a purpose. That is why I am Mormon and will always be.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith from day to day. As a family, we try to have prayer and scripture study everyday. We also hold our "Family Home Evening" (FHE) once a week. FHE is a time set a part for the family to get together and talk about a gospel principle such as faith or baptism. It gives our family an opportunity to talk to each other and teach each other and share a moment together in our hectic schedules. I also hold a "calling" or a responsibility in the church. I serve as the secretary in the women's organization known as the Relief Society. In this capacity I hold meetings with other Relief Society members and together we discuss the needs of the women in our church unit. We plan activities and lessons to meet the needs of the women we serve. I also visit with three women from my church in their home. I visit them at least once a month and usually take a small spiritual message. I also make sure they have everything they need both spiritually and temporally. In fact, each member of the Relief Society is assigned women to visit. So we all visit each other and this way make sure that everyone is taken care of. We strive to lift each other's burdens and help each other in what ever way we can. Some Sundays, I have the opportunity of teaching a class to the women of the Relief Society. The lessons are all based on gospel principles.