Hi I'm Yándary
I was born in El Salvador and raised in Utah. I'm a life-long Mormon and big sister to one younger sister and three crazy little brothers, whom I love very much! I served as a full-time Mormon missionary in the Bay Area and at the Oakland Temple Visitors' Center. I love to read, run, be outside, and spend time with friends. Playing the violin at church meetings makes me happy, because I hope others can feel God's love through beautiful music. I love politics and being involved in my community and my church. The gospel of Jesus Christ means the world to me, and I cannot imagine my life without it. It has blessed my life, and I know it can bless yours, too!
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into the church -- my amazing parents each converted to the Church in El Salvador when they were young, single adults -- and feel grateful to have had the gospel my whole life. As I've grown and developed my OWN testimony, the most important thing I have ever learned is how much God loves His children. I spent 18 incredible months in Oakland, San Leandro, and Livermore, California teaching families and individuals that God has a plan for them. Because He loves us, He has provided us with a Plan of Happiness, also known as the Plan of Salvation. He has called modern prophets in our day to continue to reveal this plan to us. As we obey His commandments, we will find peace and true happiness in our lives, despite the trials that will most certainly come our way. This knowledge and perspective help me through my daily struggles and through the difficult times in my life. I'm a Mormon, because the gospel just makes sense to me, and I know it's true!
How I live my faith
I've been taught that part of my testimony will be shown through the way that I live. Leaving the "Mormon bubble" in Utah and moving to DC has made me more aware of the fact that other people are watching me. I know others will judge the Church and its teachings as they watch the way that I live and the manner in which I carry myself. I want others to have a positive impression of the Church through their interactions with me, and most importantly, to feel like they have come a little closer to the Savior because they know me. I know I'm not perfect, but I do my best to be kind to others and treat them with respect. I live my faith by trying my best to do what's right, even in the "little things" like studying the scriptures daily, praying often, and attending church on Sunday. The more I live the gospel each day, the more my testimony is strengthened and the more I realize just how much I need God in my life. One way that my faith has blessed me is in making important decisions. Those who know me will tell you that I am one of the most indecisive people in the world! When I have a decision to make, I pray, I ponder, I deliberate, I make pro/con lists, pray some more, and I seek advice from my family and friends. After that, I continue to ponder and evaluate, maybe write a little in my journal to gather my thoughts, and finally come to a conclusion. Once I have an idea of what I've decided, I take that answer to the Lord in prayer. As I follow this pattern of making important decisions in my life through prayer, I have been able to see God's hand in my life and realize that His plan for me is greater than anything I could have come up with on my own.