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Hi I'm Jairo

I grew up in Bogota Colombia, I am a cancer survivor, I am a father and husband, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Bogota Colombia, a country known for its coffee, flowers, beautiful landscape and other things as well :) At age twenty-two-years I moved from Colombia to attend the University of Utah. While I was excited about the opportunity to study in the States, adjusting to the culture and language was more difficult than I had anticipated. After completing my bachelors in Finance, I began work as a financial planner, in a fast paced industry that requires one to be self-driven, goal oriented, disciplined and organized. Two years after working in finance, I was diagnosed with brain cancer. It felt like I had fallen into a crevasse and hitting the ground was shocking and unexpected. Luckily I had team of people assisting in my rescue, as my cancer treatment and healing took time, effort and patience. As soon as I completed the early stages of treatment, surgery, radiation and chemo, I quickly immersed myself in activities to regain my physical strength. Less than a year after my diagnosis I organized a group from my office to ride the Seattle to Portland (STP) bike ride while raising funds for cancer research and education. I continued on with two more STP's in subsequent years, completed a half Ironman and later a full Ironman. With each physical challenge I accomplished my confidence increased, my hope for the future grew and so did my desire to accomplish things I had envisioned, such as becoming a parent, pursuing a career in medicine and living my life to the fullest.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were baptized when I was 4 years old, and my family started attending church since then. I learned about the gospel, but it took time to know these things are true. As a teenager I lived with my mom and sisters, since my dad had moved out of the house. I was going to business school, working part time at a "cool" clothing store, mountain biking on the weekends, hanging out with my friends and partying as often as we could. Although I was doing all those things that I thought would make me happy, I wasn't. I felt like something was missing and did not know what. A group of young men from church, reached out to me. I learned about the basic principles of the gospel and most importantly that I could talk with my Father in Heaven and that He could answer any of my questions. It was then that I decided to ask in prayer what I needed to do. I then knelt down and addressed my Heavenly Father. I felt that everything was going to be fine, I felt warm inside, like all of my burdens had been taken away. Although I felt really good, I still did not know what to do. That Sunday, I went to church and my bishop said that he felt the need to tell me that I had to go on a mission. As soon as he said that, I knew in my heart that this was an answer to my prayers. I read the Book of Mormon in a week, and put the promise contained in Moroni 10:4 to the test... "I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost". As an answer to my prayers, I have found out that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints if the only true Church on the Earth. I then realized the important of sharing this message with other people and helped me in my decision to serve a full time mission.

How I live my faith

Shortly after completing high school I decided to serve a two-year mission for the Church. This certainly was not typical of the youth in Bogota. My experience in Barranquilla, Colombia, taught me critical life skills and helped me learn to put the needs of others before my own. Since then I've had various callings in church as a teacher or leader, enjoying from the different service opportunities as I help others strengthen their faith as they have helped me strengthen mine.