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Hi I'm Denise

I was born in Mexico City and moved to the US when I was 14. I love photography, dancing and singing and I love listening to NPR.

About Me

I have been married for 10 years and I was blessed with a beautiful baby boy a little over 9 months ago. Becoming a mom was a long process, it didn't just happen the moment he was born. I was diagnosed with PCOS after we had been married for about 3 or 4 years. PCOS is a cluster of physical ailments that include, but are not limited to infertility, pre-diabetes, migraines, thyroid issues (in my case both hyper and hypo) and all kinds of girly problems. About three years ago, I was really sick and doctors thought that I had kidney and gall stones, one doctor suggested cancer and ran tests to check. Fortunately, no cancer was found, but neither was the right diagnosis. My sister in law suggested that I should change my diet and eliminate gluten (One of her sons has Celiacs disease). I was so desperate and so ill that I decided try it (with my doctor's permission). A few of days into the gluten free diet and I was a brand new person! I remember that it was 4th of July weekend and after the holiday, I called my doctor's office to tell them about how good I felt and they were so happy that I was feeling better.I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance (in order to take the test for Celiacs disease I'd have to eat gluten for a couple of weeks- no thanks!) and a year later I was pregnant! This experience has taught me patience and given me a chance to be more understanding towards others. We all go through some kind of struggle, even when we look healthy on the outside.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I believe that God- our Heavenly Father- is loving and just. I believe that he sent his son Jesus Christ to give us an example to follow and because he wanted to give us the tools to go back to his presence, he has sent prophets along the way to guide us. Many people believe in the prophets that are mentioned in the Bible, but don't realize that there is a prophet now too. Heavenly Father has also given us the gift of the Holy Ghost. I am a Mormon, because I enjoy going to church every Sunday to receive instruction on how to be a better person. As a young girl and teenager, I didn't always go to church regularly and I struggled with feelings of sadness and wanting to have more, to look different, to be anything other than me. I didn't really understand what was expected of me. I think that being a Mormon has helped me to get a glimpse into who I really am and what I am worth- not based on the brand of my clothes or the size of my house. I now base my worth in the knowledge that I am a child of God and that I have a Savior who decided that I was worth so much, that He gave his life for me.

How I live my faith

As I mentioned before, my health issues have helped me to learn patience and understanding for the struggles that other people go through. No one's experience is exactly the same, but we can all learn from each other. I do my best to never 'judge a book by its cover'. I strive to treat others with kindness and avoid making judgements, because everyone is going through some kind of challenge. Being a new mom I have leaned on my friends from church for help and I have also made some good friends in my community through a 'Natural Parenting' group. I also understand the pain that infertility can cause and feel for my friends who are experiencing this. I live my faith by trying to be better today than I was yesterday. To be a better wife, a better mom, a better human being. Don't let your struggles define you, instead allow them to refine you.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Denise
We believe that life doesn't end when our physical body dies.The Lord has prepared a way for people to listen to the gospel- here on Earth and also later on. A physical body is needed and that is why these baptisms are performed in Temples by proxy. Many people think that because the baptism is performed, then that person who has passed is automatically a Mormon. That is not the case. Baptism is an ordinance that is necessary for our salvation, but it is up to each individual to accept it or decline it. Also, another really neat thing about doing baptisms for the dead is that the names of the people that are submitted for baptism are your relatives. Genealogy allows us to learn more about who we are because we learn about our ancestors and where we came from. Show more Show less