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Hi I'm Yolanda

I have lived in many states in the United States, as well as Mexico. I am a CASA volunteer. I am also a Mormon.

About Me

After graduating from college in Travel and Tourism I worked as a travel agent until I began having my family. My husband and I have raised four daughters while living and working in Nevada, Guadalajara, Mexico, New Jersey, Florida, Texas and Colorado. We are a tennis playing family and also enjoy biking, hiking, and going to the movies. I enjoy writing and like to say, "When I grow up I want to be an author." I have been a CASA volunteer for five years. I love helping children that have been taken from their homes by abuse or neglect. I have the chance to help children either reunite with their families or find a new loving home where they can grow and be safe and happy.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was seven years old. At eight years old I chose to be baptized as well. As a member of the church I have learned how to have a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father. That ability has helped me through all the hardships and the joys of life's journey. I lost my only sibling when I was eleven (she was eight). By then I knew how to pray and how to receive answers from God. He gave me the strength as a young person to face the sadness and loneliness of loss. Since that time I have continued to grow in strength and understanding as I experience all that life brings to me.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity several times to be in charge of the women's organization in our church. In this group we learn to be strong mothers, active participants in our community, and strong proponents for strengthening family ties. Currently my volunteer work wih CASA allows me to work closely with children that do not have the same blessings that many children have had, such as caring parents, a safe home, someone to cheer them on in school and other activities. From learning to raise my own children well, I can now serve and help other children. My church work at this time includes being a "ward missionary," which means I help the full time missionaries to teach others about our beliefs. I have found so much joy in living the gospel that it is exciting to share my beliefs with others.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

After we are baptized by proper authority we then receive the "gift" of the Holy Ghost. In essence this is a promise that as long as we are living a clean life and trying our best to follow the commandments, then we can have the daily blessing of being inspired by the Holy Ghost. You can think of it as God's personal "messenger." We can be guided in our actions, in our decisions, and in being able to discern truth when we read and hear things. This blessing has helped me in my life to avoid many choices that could have brought much unhappiness into my life. Conversely what has happened is, I have made many good choices and found much joy in my daily life. Show more Show less