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Hi I'm Rolando

I was born in Cuba and I grew up in Boston. I work at Salt Lake County as a family therapist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Santiago de Cuba. My grandfather migrated to Cuba from Spain and married my grandmother and raised five sons in Cuba. In 1958 to 1959 there was a revolution lead by Fidel Castro. I remember, when I was three years old, seeing solders marching in the streets near my house. I was not sure what it meant. I remember feeling afraid and confused at the scene. My grandfather saw that Fidel Castro was going to replace the previous government with communism. He knew that type of government was going to take away our personal freedoms and liberty. My grandfather wanted my father and my uncles to take their families to the United States. My family left Cuba in February 1959, one month before Castro took over Cuba. As I look back, I see the Lords hand in protecting my family and me during those trying times. We entered the United States at Miami, Florida and lived there for four months. My father decided to move to Boston, Massachusetts for better work opportunities. I grew up in Boston and loved everything about it. Living in Boston helped me learned about American history. The more I learned about the United States the more I learned to love my new home and country.

Why I am a Mormon

For many years I felt that there was something missing in my life. I was looking for, I knew not what, until I met Ted, a Mormon, when I was serving in the United States Air Force. I wanted to know him better, so I asked him what religion he belonged to. The more he told me about his beliefs the more I realized that I too believed the same things he believed. I was receiving answers to my many questions, such as, who am I, why am I here, where am I going, and what will happen to me when I die. Ted answered all those questions and more. I finally knew my purpose in this live. Two weeks later I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents, who are not members of the LDS Church, saw that I was happier and a better person because of my faith and love for Jesus Christ. I have grown so much since then. I will ever be grateful to Ted for sharing the gospel, his testimony, and being a good friend while we were in Air Force. That was over 35 years ago. I am glad to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a mental health therapist, I meet people who struggle with many difficult problems. I was no different than they, when I was a teenager and into my early adult life, and was asking questions. I continued searching for answers to my questions and if my life had purpose. When I join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I found answers that most people do not consider. I learned the Lord knows and loves me and he loves me despite all my faults. I learn his teachings by studying the scriptures and living what he taught to the best of my ability. I am strengthened spiritually by attending church every week. The more I follow the Lord, the more I know he is the savior and redeemer of the world.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

As you read the scriptures, prayerfully asking God for understanding, the Holy Ghost will let you know they are true (see Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4,5). You will grow closer to God. Your faith in and love for Jesus Christ will increase. So will your desire to do good and to be like Him. Show more Show less