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Hi I'm Elder Alfaro

I'm from Montreal, Canada. Right now, I'm on a mission in Belgium/Netherlands (2012-2014). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a man of a few words, but I'll try to descibe myself. I was born in Montreal, Canada of good parents, members of the church. I speak Spanish with my family, I live in a French city, I had some English studies and I'm on a Dutch mission. I can speak Spanish and French fluently, my English is not that bad, but I'm struggling with Dutch... Such a hard and interesting language. I love playing soccer since I was a young kid and hockey as well. I'm an outdoorsman who loves Jesus Christ's creations; like mountains, sunsets, forests, animals and vegetation. Biking, hiking, and jogging are other things that I enjoy doing. That is my "athletic side" of me. In the intellectual part of me is quite simple; read (especially the Book of Mormon, since I'm a missionnary), video games (I know it's a waste of time, hopefully I can't play right now), and I love electronics and computers. I like all kind of music and I play drums.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in a Mormon family, baptized at 8 years old, and i always believed in God. But I can say that my real conversion was when I was 12. For much of my life, I lived off of my parents' testimony, but there is no better feeling than acquiring a testimony of your own. It is a process which demands to act (faith) upon what you believe to be true (belief). One is active (faith), and the other is passive (belief). By praying and asking God (who is the source of everything) if the Book of Mormon is true, with sincerity of heart and with a disposition to follow His guidance as I receive an answer, I got that answer! Through the Holy Spirit, I felt in my heart that all these things are true, which is described in Galatians 5:22-23, but it is even stronger. After knowing that the Book of Mormon to be true, it means automatically that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, and that this is the Church of Jesus-Christ. I knew that I needed to live the gospel to its fullest. Doing so has brought me greater joy than anything else in my life, and I really want to share this to others, so they can be happy too. That's why I'm on a mission for two years; to invite people to come unto Christ by helping them receive His restored gospel. It would be selfish for me not to share the gospel. How could I not give others the opportunity to feel the same joy and happiness that I feel?

How I live my faith

Since I was 12 years old, I had leadership and teaching callings, which is nice. Because I begin to realize (especially now) that God was preparing me for something important in my life. I have been a Deacon's and Teacher's quorum president (in the Young Men, just in case), I have been a Sunday School teacher for the youth (12-13) when I was 18, and a Sunday School teacher for the adults at 19. I use a lot of those skills on my mission and I'm sure they will be useful later. I am very grateful for that, and all of this is thanks to God. In Belgium and the Netherlands, I have been blessed (and still being blessed) with the gift of tongues, with health and a lot of other beautiful things. As it says in James 2:17; "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." Work is super important for me, because it makes my faith and testimony grow. Always work hard, and I know that I will be blessed, including the people around me, to who I can help and/or be an example. It helps me more to serve others than to be served. The covenant with God to which I am true enables me to become enlightened by Him, and nothing is impossible for me. In the awareness of the debt of gratitude for Him, I appreciate every opportunity to show my love for Him by diligently serving in His Church.