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Hi I'm Iris

I am a Mexican, a Woman and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 34-year-old independent single female. The three self describing words, Mexican, Woman, Mormon may sound odd but they are three things that I have been identified by me ENTIRE life so I embrace them and am empowered by them. I ask for respect and I speak my mind; if that makes me a Feminist then I graciously accept the title. I graduated in May 2013 with a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Performing Arts Design. I have enjoyed the theatre since I was a very young child. I worked 10 years at a juvenile detention facility with female offenders before I realized that was not where I wanted to be for the rest of my life. I then returned as a non-traditional student to the University to complete a degree. I am looking into grads schools and hope to be attending by Fall 2014. In the mean time I work part time for a Youth Court as the Program Coordinator, spend lots of time with my Mother and siblings who are the most important people in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people's perspective, idea's or notions of women in the church are misconstrued/negative. My interactions/experiences with women of the church have cancelled out the negativity expressed by others. It has strengthened me as a female. My mother went through a period of inactivity but she always sent my siblings and me to church. I was reluctant to sit in primary so most of my primary years were spent in the nursery where my grandmother served. When I was about to turn twelve, I started attending primary and then I started the Young Women program. This is where my love of gospel and conversion occurred. I had strong, confident leaders, married/single; with children/no children, life experience and bold testimonies. I was in awe of them and I looked up to them, my mother and dearest grandmother. My grandmother, my constant, my stone, the anchor of my testimony. I will always remember her example, her counsel and the certainty of her faith. I had the privilege of translating her testimony at the pulpit on Fast Sundays a few times. My mother is my example of endurance and strength. She raised 6 children as a single mother. She worked hard to provide for us, educate us and always taught us of God, to prayer, about the blessing that come even with trials. My Grandmother, my mother, my young women leaders, countless members/friends are my examples of faithful women of God. It is because of them that I am me, I have a testimony, I love the gospel and that I chose to be Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live the gospel daily as an example and by serving others whenever possible. I strive to be kind and respectful to everyone, as the Savior would be. I attend the temple as often as I can and encourage everyone to attend even if it's just to walk the grounds and stop by the visitors center. If you are not a current temple recommend holder, work towards that, make it a goal to enter the temple. You will learn so much about the gospel and feel the sweet spirit of the Savior when you are in or around the temple. I have always enjoyed working with youth and have done so for 16years. I started as a volunteer with the Youth Court Program I am now employed by. I am a substitute for the youth center at the tempIe and currently hold a calling as a co-teacher for the 9th and 10th grade Sunday School youth in my ward. I am always impressed by the wisdom, and strength of the youth that I have been privileged to work with in my church calling, volunteer positions and jobs. I value and respect them as future leaders, educators, parents, etc. If we want to build a better future we need to value, respect, educate, learn from and invest in our youth.