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Hi I'm Lorena Del Castillo

I'm a Mexican-Canadian, Early Childhood Educator, Called to serve in the Peru Lima East Mission and I'm a Mormon :)

About Me

I was born Mexico. When I was 12 my family moved to Canada. Being a young new immigrant wasn't easy and I encountered many challenges. However, I decided that after all the sacrifices that my parents were doing, I wanted to be as involved in my community and get the most out school and the new opportunities Canada offered. So I started volunteering, joining after school clubs, taking as many different classes as possible, studying hard and travelling. Not only that but by also attending church, praying, reading my scriptures, and trying to live by God's commandments, my life was not only improving, but pouring with blessings. I recently obtained an associates degree in Early Childhood Education.I love working with children and looking for different opportunities to constantly develop good practice, so a few months ago I decided to complete an international practicum on Inclusion and Social Justice in a preschool in Sweden. I learned so much about how we can implement some of the good practices from Swedish preschools into Canadian early learning settings. I'm just 20 years old, but I've learned a great lesson that by putting God first above all things and doing our part by working hard at whatever we do( as long as it's righteous of course), God will always bless us and open doors to us.Life will give us challenges and makes us feel like we are suffocating at times but I know that if we endure to the end in the gospel of Jesus Christ we will be fine :)

Why I am a Mormon

"Hey do you speak spanish?!" Were the first words that my dad heard from a Mormon missionary and his companion while walking in the streets of Vancouver.My dad had a few months of arriving to Canada and was desperately looking for a place to live, while also working several jobs to sustain his family in Mexico.He felt alone but he wasn't;Heavenly Father had just sent him a pair of missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.This will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship and of a spiritual journey. After my whole family arrived to Canada, my dad introduced the church to us and we started to attend the Sunday services.To be honest I wasn't very interested at first, I was just 12 years-old, I didn't know English, the weather depressed me, we didn't have any friends, our income was low and on top of that, I was being bullied at school. However, as I started to do the things the missionaries started to teach us, such as praying and reading the scriptures, little by little my faith started to increase. I knew that all the struggles that I was going through were temporary and like my dad, I wasn't alone,Heavenly Father looked out for me and I trusted that he would help me overcome all the challenges that will come my way.I started to feel so much peace and comfort in my life, and I knew that if I wanted all the blessings and things He promises us in the scriptures,I needed to be baptized. After a few months of investigating, my family got baptized.I've never felt so much happiness like I did that day! I remember waking up the next day and having a strong feeling that I needed to serve a mission.That was almost 8 years ago. Now I'm going to be serving in Peru! I want to share my joy to others, by letting them know God loves them and looks after them, and that we can increase our faith and receive an uncountable amount of blessings if we do his will, and if we shape our lives around the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in every way possible. From what I will wear that day to what I do and say. It's not always easy to be modest, kind, positive,and make good choices all the time. I do a lot of silly mistakes, but I don't let this discourage me from becoming the best person I can be. I'm glad I have the commandments in my life because it has definitely been a guideline about how I can be a better sister, daughter, friend and citizen. I'm also glad I had made covenants with my Heavenly Father because they keep me committed to always follow this guideline.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Lorena Del Castillo
NO! We help everyone who needs and seeks our help! No matter what religion or background you are from, we are always willing to lend a hand. Show more Show less