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Hi I'm Marco Diaz

I'm a single father, I'm a convert, I'm a business owner, I'm a runner and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a single father of three beautiful children: Alexandra, Cristian and Erica -I love being a dad. I was born in Lima, Peru. My parents came to the U.S. when I was a year old. My father joined the Air Force and I was raised an Air Force brat. It was through that upbringing that I gained a love for country. I’m a naturalized citizen of this great nation. While in the Air Force a member who worked with my father spoke to him about the restored gospel and asked if he could send us the missionaries and after much contemplation and pray we became members of the Mormon Church. After 12 years in the Air Force my parents decided to go back to Peru where I did my last 3 years of high school. As a convert to the LDS Church I always wanted to go on a mission and go to BYU and after graduating high school I was able to do both. I was able to go on a mission to Cali, Colombia and became the first in my family to go to college. I graduated in International Finance at BYU and later obtained and MBA from the University of Utah. I was married for 13 years, divorced now for 7 years and have lived in Utah for the past 24 years. I like to run, to hike and be active. I also try to make a difference through community service and through the political process.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have prayed, I have asked about it's truthfulness and I have received answers to my prayers. It brings daily guidance and direction to my life. Despite life’s challenges and struggles, when I apply these principles; I am happy! I was not always a Mormon. Thanks to a member of the Mormon Church who my father worked with, who decided to share his faith with him even though my father smoked 3 packs of cigarettes every day. Even though my father had tried to quit smoking many times before, once he sincerely prayed and knew for himself that it was true; he quit. My family and I were baptized and a year later went to Washington D.C. Temple to be sealed as family for all eternity. I was boy at that time, but now after all these years, I know with greater certainty that the principles these missionaries taught me and my family are true. I know the Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that He died for our sins and through His sacrifice we can all change and become better. I know His church has been restored to the earth. These principles help me understand the things I must do to be a better person, a better father, a better son and hopefully someday a better husband. It also helps me to understand that I must become a better neighbor- the importance of loving and serving others. When we look outside ourselves, in help those around us, is when we start to become the person our Heavenly Father wants us to be.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is not easy. We're expected to do much; however, the things we are asked to do are only a means to an end and that is to become better individuals; more Christlike. At times we can get so wrapped up in all the doing that we lose sight as to the purpose of why we are asked to do them. I never thought I would be divorced, nor have the challenges that come with being a single dad, but despite this unfortunate situation, I am grateful for it caused me to humble myself and turn to my Savior. Before I use to be a check-the-box Mormon. I would do the things that were expected of me, but I did them more out of responsibility or duty, but not always with the right attitude. However after my divorce, things changed. I now live my faith differently. I now do them, not because I feel I have to, but because I want to. Even though I still fall short many times and don't always do what is expected of me, my attitude has changed. It is no longer what I need to do, but who I need to become. Living my faith has become an even greater blessing. Being a Mormon is not easy, but definitely worth it!