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Hi I'm Maria Luisa

I grew up in a Latino community of Los Angeles, California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I was born in Texas, most of my growing up years was spent in East Los Angeles, California. It was a heavily Latino populated Community, even then (1950’s to 70’s) When I was six years old, my parents divorced. This had a profound negative effect on my life. I felt dejected, insecure and very lonely since my mother was always away from our home, working to support my brothers and I. When I was 10 years old, a bright ray of light entered my life. That was when I began to attend the Mormon Church. My mother was not very excited to have me attend what was then, a very obscure religion, but since she had so many other pressing things on her mind, she allowed me to attend as long as my chores were completed. The Church became the light in my sometimes very dark world. There I felt loved, I felt a warm sense of peace and happiness, which was so lacking in my home. Even as a child, when I thought about Christ and how he loved the little children, it was as though I could feel his hand resting on me. This is where I learned my true identity as a valued and cherished daughter of God.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young child, it was easy to go to church and have pure trusting faith, but as I grew older, doubts in the doctrine did come into my mind. I therefore began to study for myself, the scriptures. The Book of Mormon in particular had a profound effect on me because I felt it was talking directly to me as a descendant of the peoples spoken about in the book who lived thousands of years previous on the American continent. I always felt a sense of love for my Mexican culture and reading the Book of Mormon seemed to teach me things that I had already felt about my people, our past and our future. I took the challenge given in the Book of Mormon to ask in sincere prayer if the Book is the word of God. This I did when I was 16 years of age. I had a clear, soft, sweet voice confirm in my heart that all that I had learned and read was correct and of God. I learned that if I followed in my present path, I would overcome the pit falls of youth in inner-city life and find great joy in life. It has proven to be my sure conduit to happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by learning each day more and more about Jesus Christ, his life, his ministry, his great atonement and his example. I study the scriptures daily and think about Christ’s examples, which I try to emulate. When I am not successful, I think about what I could have done better, I repent and resolve to do better. I love to sing, so I often will sing hymns privately and offer them as prayers to God. This also serves to clam me if something has upset me within. “Be still my soul” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer” are some of my favorite hymns to sing. I try and look for ways to serve my neighbors, sometimes just offering them a sincere complement is something that I know will brighten their day, as it does mine.