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Hi I'm Maria

I was born in Quito, Ecuador. I am a convert to the church and now I'm serving a mission! And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Ecuador to great parents! I have always loved anything to do with being physically active and being outdoors. I have played tennis since I was 8 and started playing Rugby when I was Junior in High School. I had never heard about Mormons or about their church before I moved to New Jersey where my aunts (who were invited by a friend to attend church) inveted us to come to church with them. I was only 11 at the time and was turning 12 soon. The missionaries taught me and my family more about the gospel and I loved EVERYTHING I learned about it. I prayed and had the desire to join the church and to partake of all the blessings these missionaries were talking about. Now, 7 years later, I am serving a mission and bringing famlies the joy and the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Why I am a Mormon

It all started with a simple invitation that a friend made to one of my aunts, to attend her church and see what she thought about it. Years later when my family moved to the USA my aunts invited my family to church with them with the intent to show us what they believed in so my family could also have the blessings they have had since joining the church. I was introduced to the missionaries and they started teaching my famliy. I was young still but what they were saying to me made complete sense, they talked about Christ and about God who is my Heavenly Father. A couple of months later I was baptized and now 7 years later I am serving a full-time mission so I may also bring more families the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a member of the church because I believe in Jesus Christ, because I love Him and I believe that the fullness of His gospel has been restored to the earth today. I am a member of the church because I know that God is my Father in Heaven and has reached out to his children and give us His teachings, has given us prophets to lead us to be followers of Christ and because He sent His son Jesus Christ to save me from my sins and my imperfections. I am a missionary for this church because I want all to hear and to have the opportuinity to hear about the joy and happiness that comes into our lives when we follow our Savior Jesus Christ. We don't ask anyone to leave their beliefs behind, we just invite them to come and learn more.

How I live my faith

When I went to my family ward I was called as a music leader. I would stand up by the piano and lead all the hymns the congregation would sing. It was such and amazing calling since I LOVE singing hymns of the church. I also had the calling of teaching the 3 and 4 year olds! Even though it was really tough getting them to pay attention, it was SO rewarding watching the learn more about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. And my latest calling is being a full-time missionary for the church!