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Hi I'm Dileide

I grew up in Brazil. I speak Portuguese, Spanish, and English. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Bachelor's in Linguistics. I have taught English in Brazil and in the U.S. I have a wonderful family: my husband, my son, and my daughter. I love spending time with my family. I enjoy volunteering at my children's school and helping in my church. I also enjoy playing volleyball and staying on top of current affairs such as politics.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a very devout Catholic. I am very thankful to my parents for teaching me to believe in God and believe that we are all His children. When I was 17 years old, I heard about LDS missionaries nearby my house. As I found out more about them through a third party, I was extremely impressed to learn that 19 year old young men (and women, as I found out later) would have the desire and the courage to leave their home, studies, and friends to dedicate 2 years of their lives to preaching the gospel all over the world! The youth I knew at the time, though many were very nice people, were not interested in religion. I remembered that years earlier, I had an honest desire to preach the gospel to all the world as Jesus has commanded and seriously considered becoming a nun. However, as I learned more about being a nun, I soon lost interest. I was an aspiring journalist at 17 and upon hearing about those missionaries, I decided to write an article about those young men and submit it to a local newspaper. I wanted "to get to the bottom of this story" and to find out what kind of church would help shape youth into such selfless missionaries. I talked with a friend of mine, whose boyfriend was Mormon, about what I wanted to do and she referred me to her boyfriend. As I asked him more about his faith, and with everything he shared with me, I felt in my heart a desire to adopt those beliefs. They were so wholesome! As I started attending church with the intent to write about their youth, I met other wonderful, friendly youth who embraced me as one of their own. With time, I came to know for myself that the Mormon Church, or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was the type of church I wanted to belong to--a church that brings the gospel of Jesus Christ into all aspects of every day life. As a very practical person, I really appreciated that doctrine!

How I live my faith

Even before I was baptized, I started working with other youth in the Mormon Church in planning activities and helping to rescue--through love and fellowship--those who were straying from the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ through our living Prophet and 12 Apostles directs the LDS Church--just as He had done while He was on the earth. Everybody else serves as volunteers. Our volunteer callings are generally for a short season, after which we are released from that calling and then called to serve in a different volunteer position. Therefore, soon after I was baptized into the church, I was called to work with the youth and as a local part-time missionary. Oh, how exciting it was to learn more and more about the gospel and then put it into action! Through the years, I have been involved in many humanitarian projects for the communities in which I have lived and other communities affected by disasters. I have even served as a full-time missionary! Oh, how I loved every minute of my mission! I especially enjoyed helping people to know the truth of the restored gospel for themselves through studying, pondering, and praying! With enthusiasm and a sense of deep gratitude for the knowledge I was blessed to receive, I taught people about the meaning of life: where we came from, why we are here on the earth, and where we are going after this life. Many people we taught learned for themselves about the truth we were teaching them and changed their lives to conform to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through serving in the Church and being a missionary, I have learned to become a better person--a better friend, daughter, and sister! Those experiences helped me prepare for marriage and motherhood, too! I love to teach my children by word and by example that living the gospel of Jesus Christ every day brings a sense of peace, happiness, purpose, and self-esteem!