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Hi I'm Lavenia

I'm a proud Texan from deep in the Rio Grande Valley. I'm a mom and wife and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, just minutes away from Mexico and South Padre Island. I love the feel of the brown sugar sand under my toes, the smell of the grapefruit blossoms in the orchards and the sound of the beautiful Spanish language spoken on smiling lips. I went to college, got married, taught high school Biology for two years and am now a full-time mom and entrepreneur. I enjoy watching sports with my husband, chasing my toddler, singing, scrapbooking, baking, blogging and spending time with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into Mormon family, there comes a point in time when each person has to decide for themselves if these things are true. Around the time many of my Catholic friends were going through Confirmation I had decided I needed to confirm my faith as well. The summer after my sophomore year in high school, I decided I would read the entire Book of Mormon. For two hours every day I read aloud. I remember my younger brothers and sisters would come into my room and lay on my bed and listen. I loved feeling like a peace maker while learning so much. After a month and a half or so I finished! Then, I decided to take Moroni's challenge. I would pray and ask God if it was true. I did. Then I waited for an answer. I waited and waited and waited . . . and the answer never came. I was devastated. I did not receive this incredible "burning in my bosom," no angels came to proclaim to me, no telegram, nor writing on the wall. I wondered to myself, "Does that mean it is not true?" As soon as that thought crossed my mind, tears filled my eyes. I KNEW that I could NOT say: "The book of Mormon is not true." I KNEW saying that Nephi never existed would be a false statement. It is not easy to stay close to God. He is always there, steady and constant, but if you are not making an effort everyday, it is easy to get swept away. Like when you are playing on the beach and you leave your things in one spot, before you know, you are a football field down from where you started! For this reason, I know it is important to pray, read the scriptures and go to church. Through doing these things I have found great happiness in my life. I know my Savior lives. I know he died for me and you; He made this great sacrifice that we might return to Heaven with Him some day. It is in Him and through Him that we find true happiness. We are God's children. He loves us more than we can imagine and wants the very, very best for us.

How I live my faith

We recently moved and have been welcomed in by a really sweet congregation. Before we moved here, we attended a very small, but faithful Spanish-speaking congregation. I taught the teenagers about the Old Testament; that was sometimes a challenge, but was incredibly rewarding. Some of my students were in my Sunday School class and my Biology class; I always told them they were the luckiest because they got to be in my class SIX days a week! The most important lesson I reminded them about was that the Lord will fight our battles, we just need to have faith in Him. Just before we left, I was asked to help with the younger children (8-12yrs). We were learning about the New Testament. One day, we were talking about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, when He showed His scarred hands and feet to the people. I explained how much Jesus loves each of us. He chose to suffer and die because He loves us and wants us to return to Heaven with Him. Two of the little girls in class looked at each other and said, "I wish I could have been there, to see Jesus and give him a hug!" It was a very sweet day to see these sweet and tender children and their honest desires. I love being able to have such an active role in my own testimony and the testimonies of others.