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Hi I'm Carla Sanchez

I'm from New York City. I'm a convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old and I have one sister who is a year and a couple of months older than me. My family is rather small but I very much like it that way.My sister went away to college three years ago which was a pretty big deal for my family because we've always been really close and she was the very first in our family to do so.My parents split up when I was...not born yet I believe. It's kind of been like having two separate families but we've always been super present in each others lives.My mom met the missionaries when she was 19 but did not get baptized because she came from a very strict Evangelical family and she stopped meeting with them. When I was 9 the missionaries came knocking on our door talking about free English classes that were being offered at the church just a couple of streets from us. My sister was the first to decide to get baptized and then my mom, and lastly me. I actually didn't decide until the day of. It's the best decision my family has ever made. I went away for school a year after my sister because frankly,I was forced to go to college. But I prayed about which school I ought to go to and it was a wonderful experience to trust Heavenly Father in that way and listen to what He would have me do. I just completed my second year there and will be putting off the rest for the next year and a half to serve a full time mission for the church and that's my life so far.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom and sister decided to get baptized before I did but we all took the missionary discussions together. When the missionaries talked about the plan of salvation I thought about how amazing it sounded that families could be together forever. I decided I didn't want to get left out and so I got baptized as well. When the missionaries that baptized us left, we stopped going to church for about three years. I don't think we realized how much we were missing until we started going back. Some sister missionaries encouraged us to go back and kept visiting us until we did. I will forever be thankful for those four sets of missionaries, the ones that baptized us and the ones that got us to come back. As my sister and I started to attend young women's I felt like that was were I was supposed to be every Sunday. I kept hearing people testify about the Book of Mormon and how they knew it to be the word of God. I could not say such a thing. I had barely read some of the Bible, I had only read parts of the Book of Mormon when we read out loud in church and that always felt great but I had never read the whole thing.One of our assignments in young women's was to read the Book of Mormon and I took that as my opportunity to finally know the truth. I finished it and wasn't really sure about what to do next. I knew I had to pray to know if it was true and I would receive an answer but I wasn't exactly sure how that answer would come. I knelt down to pray and still wasn't sure what to except. What I got was a peace I hadn't truly felt since I was baptized. That was it. That was all I needed too, some affirmation that I was on the right path. At that moment I knew it for myself. I didn't need to live off anyone else's testimony. I had my own. I love this gospel with my whole heart and I know it is the only reason I have the amazing life and family that I have.

How I live my faith

I attend a mostly Mormon school with a code of honor that has helped me grow in my faith. Before that I tried my hardest to participate in youth activities in my ward and taught class for the young women every once in a while. While at school I served as ward greeter my first year and as small as that calling may seem, it really helped me out more than I thought it would. I got to know those in my ward and school more than I would've on my own. While at school I also made the decision to serve a full time mission after my sophomore year. That decision has helped me to continue to live in such a way that I may be prepared to serve the Lord. I am trying to do that now as well in my daily life.