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Hi I'm Eddie Velarde

I was born in Ecuador, raised in NJ. I am a husband and a father. I am an MBA student. I work at a bank. And I am a Mormon!

About Me

I love sports! I played every sport growing up, now i watch them on Espn! I am married to my wonderful wife Amanda and we have an adorable little boy named Tristan. I work for a bank and my wife is a pediatric nurse. We love watching movies, working on our house, and grilling out.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to the LDS church. None of my friends where members, and growing up in New Jersey, it was difficult to live the teachings taught at church. When I was 17 years old I remember one of my Sunday School teachers telling me that if I want to know if the church is true, to pray and ask God. So I did. I knelt down one night and prayed. I didn't know what to expect. I didn't feel much, but I remembering feeling peaceful. I decided to try to practice the teachings of the church more fully in my life and through practicing the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, my faith in Christ and His restored gospel have grown. Today, I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is Christ's true church. Christ is the head of the church and we are lead by a prophet of God and twelve apostles just like in the days that Jesus Christ was here on Earth. His church was able to be restored thanks to the faith of the young boy, Joseph Smith whose prayers were answered. He was called to restore Christ's church to Earth again in these latter days. All you have to do is pray and ask God if it is true!

How I live my faith

Today, thanks to being an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, I enjoy the many blessings that have come from it. My family has been blessed so much, and I have grown to be a better person with guidance and direction in my life. My faith has helped me want to be a better dad through example. I love the fact that I can teach my kids the gospel. I was able to serve a Mormon mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In those two years I learned so many things. It help me mature in life. At church, I have what we call a calling. I was called to serve as the 1st counselor of the Sunday School. I work with the Sunday School President and other counselor of the Sunday school to make sure that the hour of sunday school is conducted every week. We make sure teachers are in place and that they have the materials they need to teach. I am also ready to teach the lesson just in case one of our teacher can't make it. I also go out with the missionaries once a month and get to teach with them to people that are investigating the church. It is one of the things i enjoy the most. We also go and play basketball at church and participate in cook outs, service projects, and other fun activities. Being a mormon is a life style centered on the teaching of Jesus Christ. It definitively gives meaning and purpose to life.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Eddie Velarde
The bible teaches about a law called tithing. It teaches that tithing is paying a tenth of what you make and giving it to the His church. We practice this simple law today. Every time i get a paycheck I take out 10% and place it in an envelop provided by the church, which is then given to the Bishop. The Bishop and his counslers count the money and send it to the church head quarters. The church uses this money for the building of churches and temples, church materials, maintenance of church buildings, education of members, philanthropy, and other expenses of all LDS churches around the world. Tithing money from Georgia could be going towards building a temple in Africa or subsidizing tuition for a student at Brigham Young University in Utah. This money is sacred, used wisely, and only used to support the church and it's members in preforming the Lord's work. The money is not used for compensation of church leaders because church leaders are not compensated, as they are 100% voluntary. I, as a member who pays tithing have received many blessing from it. I have never gone hungry, and in these hard economical times in deciding to pay my tithing first, everything else has seem to fall into place. I am grateful to have a job, a roof over my head, and food for my family. So why do Mormons donate 10% of their income? Because the Lord commanded us to, and in return the windows of heaven are opened and they pour down blessing in our lives. And I know this to be true! Show more Show less