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Hi I'm Celo

I'm a Brazilian and I love music. I'm a fitness enthusiast and love my family. I'm a missionary and a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the middle of three children - all boys. We grew up playing tag and other games outside, and we loved to be with our friends. I grew up in Northern Virginia, but every summer my family would fly across the Atlantic to visit our grandmother in Portugal. We would visit the beach almost every day and play with our miniature schnauzer, Maggie. I love to run. My free time is spent listening to music and reading and hanging out with friends. I just finished my first year at college in Utah and soon will be serving a two-year mission in Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up in the Church so I was always taught what was expected of me and what I should do and not do. It was easy for my parents to force us to go to church even when we wanted to, but once we got old enough, it wasn't so easy. Once I hit 16 or 17, it was really up to me to decide whether I wanted to continue going to church or just do the bare minimum my parents asked of me until I left the house. I knew they knew the church was true and that they had a testimony of it, but I wasn't sure if I did. The summer between my junior and senior years of high school, the youth of our church congregation went on a trip to upstate New York to visit some sights. At one point, I found myself with a few minutes of quiet alone time. I felt a strong impression to pray to know for myself the truthfulness of church. I prayed to know that my Heavenly Father was there and that He was listening to me. I prayed to know that Jesus Christ is my savior and died for my sins so that I could be forgiven a washed clean. In the middle of my prayer, I an overwhelming feeling of comfort and assurance came over me as came to know that my Heavenly Father does indeed hear and answer prayers and that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior - my elder brother. I have felt that assurance as I go to church and participate in church activities and so I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches the fulness of the restored Gospel of Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being the best person I could possibly - each and every day. I try to make others happy and give encouraging words and smile. Christ would have us love one another, and once we realize that we are all brothers and sisters to our Heavenly Father, it is much easier to do so. I try to be patient and understanding in all situations, because I know things won't always work out the way I imagined them to be. Everyone needs a friend, and I make sure to go out of my way to be a friend to everyone.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You can know if Mormonism is true by taking it to God. After having read the Book of Mormon and pondering about it, kneel down in sincere prayer and ask Him if what you are learning is true. Be mindful of the feelings of comfort and inspiration from the Holy Ghost in that are whispered in your heart and in your mind. Try it out! Live the commandments, and you feel that what you are doing is good. Show more Show less