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Hi I'm Ismar Vallecillos

I'm a Mormon and I follow the example of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I am a middle school teacher. I teach Spanish and math. I am married and have four children (two girls and two boys). I am originally from El Salvador. I came to the U.S. when I was eight years old. I served a mission for my church in Idaho. I have many abilities and talents. I love to sing, I enjoy dancing and writing poetry. I like making things out of wood, mainly furniture. I'm a pretty good cook, I have to be, since my wife is from Italy and she takes food very seriously! I like motorcycles, fast cars, and watching a good sports game when I can. I believe in always seeking to improve myself. I give myself challenges to keep me from becoming complasent and comfortable in life. I am committed to a life of learning, whether it be aquiring new hobbies and abilities, or continuing my education at a University or studying on my own. Despite all I do, raising a family is the most important work in my life. All that I accomplish and become will be worthless if I fail my wife and kids as a father.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) when I was born, so I grew up being exposed to the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. One could assume that since I did not know any different, I accepted this church by default, but that is not true. I came to a point in my life when I was about 15, where I wanted to know for myself if all I had been taught was true, but more specifically, if the Book of Mormon was true. The truths of the gospel made sense to me, they were simple, yet profound. However, I wanted to know for myself if what I accepted as truth was really true. I knew that it all hinged on the Book of Mormon, for if this book was true, Joseph Smith could not have been a false prophet, and the church he restored had to be the Lord's true church. I remember being challenged by a youth leader, around this time, to read the Book of Mormon in 3 months. I accepted the challenge and devoted most of my spare time to reading the Book of Mormon. I can still remember how clear the writings in the Book of Mormon became to me. I understood the meaning in the stories, the doctrines being taught, the pleadings of the prophets who wrote, and it filled my soul with joy. When I finished the Book of Mormon on the last day of the challenge, I KNEW that it was true, I could not deny it. The conviction went much deeper that what my mind accepted as truth and into the very center of soul. In that moment, I knew that all I had been taught was true. Joseph Smith was a true prophet, who translated the Book of Mormon and restored the Christ's Church. I knew God was real, Jesus Christ lived, I had a purpose in this life. I am a Mormon because the Lord has revealed to me that what I believe is true.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Mormon church, I am involved in providing service to others in many different ways. I believe that as a member of Christ's church I should try to emulate him. On of the ways I serve others is by being a home teacher. As a home teacher, I visit two families in my ward every month. I always share a spiritual thought and look out for their well being. I try to do what I can to make sure these families are taken care of. I also serve as a Sunday school teacher for 12 and 13 year olds. As a school teacher, I am particularly fond of teaching the youth of the church. I love this oportunity to serve and believe that there is no greater calling than to help arm these young people with the tools they will need to conquer satan. This is why I am also a subtitute seminary teacher. I teach high school aged youth when their teachers can't make it. These are just a few ways in which I live my faith through service.