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Hi I'm Jean

Hello, I was born and grew up in Peru. I am a recent convert, and one of two LDS members in my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in a little district of Lima and lived there until I was eight years-old. My family emigrated to the United States to pursue the American Dream, and to live a better and more secure life. Coming to a new country, the hardest thing to learn is a new language. I used to run home after school crying because I didn't understand what the teacher was teaching. Eventually, though, I was able to pick up English. Currently, I am a High School graduate with high honors and getting ready to serve a mission in Denver, Colorado. It has been a very long road since my family and I stepped into this new, wonderful country. My whole family is Catholic, and have always been. I grew up knowing that God exists and that Jesus Christ gave his life for us. When I was fourteen years-old my sister introduced me to the missionaries, and it seemed almost natural to be baptized. Since my conversion my life has gone solely uphill. Yes, it has had its ups and downs --just as life always runs-- but I have been able to better bear through all the trials. My family has also felt the blessings of the church in our lives; my mother is in love with the members of our ward (congregation assigned to a certain church building) and my dad is really proud to have his sons be members in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. All in all it has been a wonderful ride so far, and I hope that if you take anything from my story it's my testimony of the goodness, and perfect love of our Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

My sister introduced me to the missionaries when I was fourteen years-old and since then it has been a rollercoaster. Although I have had my moments of frustration and doubt, it has always helped to get down on my knees to pray. The hardest thing for me, though, is talking to my family about the gospel. I often get poked fun at because my beliefs are different than my whole extended family. But I feel like they respect my decisions and support me in everything I strive to do, even though they may not fully understand. This whole experience of getting ready to go on a mission has been one of the rockies. I often got bombarded accusations that I'm throwing away two good years of a college education, and many thousands of dollars to go preach the gospel to strangers. But I knew it was the right thing to do, and that Heavenly Father was expecting that sacrifice from me. Lately, my family has been more excited about my mission, even though they still have countless questions for me. The reason I'm a mormon is not because it's easy, but because it's good. I have seen with by my experience the change people can have when the blessings of the gospel come into their lives. Although, yes, there are moments where it gets overwhelming, there are even more moments when it is absolutely wonderful. My best friends are my family members now, and I know that that wouldn't have been possible without the Savior's peace introduced into our home.

How I live my faith

I love to participate in church activities and to be involved in my community. These past few years I have volunteered in my town by working concessions in the rodeo, playing games with children during our "Fiesta Days", and being a member of the Youth City Council -- of which I was the Chairman of Education. In my church I often go out with the other young men to do service projects for our neighbors. I also go hometeaching to three families in our ward, two of them being Spanish speaking. That's always a neat experience because I hometeach my own family, since they are not members of the church. Other than that I have been first assistant in the Priest Quorum in my ward, and assistant scout master to my troop.