What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Yoly

I'm a wife, a mother of 5, a survivor of my husband's residency. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and mother of three boys and two girls. I graduated with my elementary education teaching certificate and have been using that knowledge to teach my children since. I love sports. I played softball and ran cross country in high school. This past Saturday I did my third sprint triathlon. I ran my first half marathon a couple months ago. I'm trying to live my dreams now because it is the only day I have. I feel very blessed to be able to participate in anything since I have had 5 c-sections. Recovering from each one of those has been a test of faith and endurance. I know God has blessed me and I'm thankful. My husband recently finished his medical residency while he was the branch president (leader of small church unit). I know that God prepares a way for us to accomplish the things He commands us to do. I know He loves us and wants us to come to Him. I love God and seeing mini-miracles in my daily life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. I started reading the Book Of Mormon on my own when I turned 8 and was baptized. When I was 10 I started playing softball. I really enjoyed it and at the end of the season when they had a ceremony to pick All-Stars, I decided I wanted to be one of those girls next year. I told my dad and he said, "well we better start practicing now." The best time to practice during Arizona's hot summer was 5 o'clock in the morning before my dad had to go to work so, every day he pitched to me and hit to me. I remember one morning not too far into it, as we were walking to the park to practice, I said I was too tired and didn't want to practice. My dad stopped and leaned on the bat he was carrying, "It's the times we do what we don't want to, that we win. Everyone practices when they feel like it." Then he waited for me. I took a step toward the park and we never missed a day that year. The following season I was not chosen as an All-Star. I couldn't believe it. I cried in the car after the ceremony and decided next year I would be so good they wouldn't be able to not pick me. 2 weeks before the following All-Star ceremony, I was called and told if I would play on Sunday I could be on the team, but if I wouldn't play on Sunday, if I would please give up my spot. My dad admonished me to pray about it and decide, but, he said, "if you keep the commandments, you'll be blessed. But, if you're going to have a grudge, it will be better to play one game. I'll support you either way." I went to my room and cried and then prayed. I told God I believed what I had been taught, everything, even about keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, but I also wanted to be an All-Star. I asked Him to give me strength to do the right thing and then I went back to my dad and said to call the lady back and tell her I would decline to be an All-Star. That was the day I decided to follow God. And God fulfills all his promises which he makes to His children (Alma 37:17).

How I live my faith

I am an overall happy person. This happiness is a gift from God that I really enjoy sharing with other people. I love trying to help others and do good. Maybe that is why, at the moment, I am the compassionate service leader in my ward. I'm in charge of coordinating service that the women give to each other to help all of our lives. I set up a little music class for preschoolers in our area because I love music and sharing with people. My husband loves gardening so we recently bought a big property so he can have a big garden. I love to share his produce with my neighbors and friends. My children recently helped me pick apricots to bottle them. God has really blessed me! I'm trying to bless other people in return.