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Hi I'm Mariana

I'm a financial services professional. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Ecuador, immigrated to Canada at a young age and speak fluent Spanish, French and English. I studied law in College and became a paralegal, worked for a law firm for three years and gained much knowledge and experience in family law, workers compensation, corporate law, immigration and litigation. I got recruited by a commercial property management corporation to review commercial leases and learned negotiating skills and operational skills. At age 28, I was offered the assistant manager's position to a Montreal landmark shopping mall. At age 30 I was recruited as a leasing and legal manager for a National Franchising company. Although these were great accomplishments in my life, nothing compares to meeting my eternal companion over the Internet and leaving it all behind, including family and friend, and move to Colorado to start a new life. Today, I have become a financial services professional and find great joy in helping people work towards attaining their financial security by creating and implementing a financial blueprint. I currently serve as a volunteer in a few organizations, namely: the Hispanic Chamber of Metro Denver, Ed & Ruth Lehman YMCA, and most importantly, my calling in my Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a single mother who worked very hard to provide for me and hoped for a better life for both of us. She was a Catholic growing up but had an unpleasant feeling walking into the church as all the pictures depicted inside were of martyrs. The day she brought me to get baptized and be given a name, she prayed in her heart for the first time in her life and said something like this: "God, I bring this child to you. I will provide for her physical needs with food and shelter, give her an education and much love, but You will protect her and guide her path throughout her life." My mom sacrificed her life to provide a better future for us both. She left me at age 3 with my grandmother while she built a new life for us in Canada. A few days before my 6th birthday, we were finally reunited. During this separation, my grandmother was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and got baptized. I attended church with her and loved the Primary. In Canada, my grandmother asked my mother to find the church's meeting house and wanted to attend. And so, my mother did and although she herself did not stay for the meeting, she agreed to let me participate. When the missionaries tried to make an appointment to teach my mom, she would find any excuse not to receive them but she never denied me the right to attend church as this was very important to me, even at a young age. Almost two years later, my mother accepted the Church and got baptized, and so did I at age 8. I truly believe that the Lord guided my life in finding His true church on this earth. I have always found much peace and love among all members, and they truly are my family. I know God has a plan for me and unveils its purpose a little at a time, as I am ready to receive it. I know my Savior lives and I know that The Book of Mormon is true scripture just like the Bible. Although I grew up in the church, I gained my own testimony and conviction at 21. I love my life and my Savior.

How I live my faith

I find much joy in service and feel blessed to be given many opportunities to serve. In my: - Church: Throughout the years, my involvement in the church has been in teaching children, youth and adults in various capacities in Sunday meetings. I have organized spiritual and social events for the churches where I have resided. I love working with the Youth particularly and have been blessed to have had many opportunities to serve them. Today, I am serving in my church as a Hispanic Outreach Specialist for the Public Affairs Council of the Longmont Stake. My role is to help build relationships with different Hispanic groups and community organizations in the Longmont area and seek service opportunities to better the lives and well-being of our residents. I love the visiting teaching program in my church which is to look out for a few female members within our Ward and their families each month. It has bonded us and created wonderful friendships. - Profession: I serve as "Ambassador " for the Hispanic Chamber of Metro Denver to promote and advance the growth of Hispanic businesses. - Community: I serve on the YMCA's "Inclusion and Diversity Council" and work with community leaders to create programs that will help more children and adults live healthier, more productive lives that are not threatened by looming health costs or lack of education. - Family: I serve with my husband in building our family businesses and at creating our home, our refuge of love & peace.