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Hi I'm Ellis Valdez

I grew up in California. I'm a cadet at West Point. I am a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in California. I lived there all my life up until I graduated from high school in 2011. I was accepted to join the Army as a cadet at the United States Military Academy, and I attended West Point for two years. Now, I am putting all of that on hold as I serve a full-time mission in the Resistencia, Argentina Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was active in the church, so I have been learning the fundamentals and teachings for all my life. Even though I was born into it, I do not say that this is the reason why I am a Mormon. At times I have questioned whether or not this is the true church or if the teachings were true. As I have grown and learned more about the church, it has come to me that all of the things that are taught somehow make sense. The wonders of where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going are explained so well by the beliefs of the LDS church; I have prayed about it myself and I know these things are true.

How I live my faith

Before my mission, I attended a small branch at West Point, which mostly consists of instructors that teach at West Point and their families. There were about 30-40 cadets that are actively came to church each week. I did not hold any specific position in my branch, however all of us cadets served as home-teachers for each other in order to help each other during our time here. This was very important because there were a lot of stresses here at the academy, so we relied on each other to make it through those trials.