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Hi I'm Elijah Marquez

I grew up in California. My dream is to get my pilot's license and become a Heart Surgeon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a military family where my dad was in the Air Force. I was born in Japan and after a few years moved to Idaho and then to California. The majority of my life has been spent in California though. I love the outdoors! Hiking, camping, swimming you name it! Ever since I can remember I've wanted to be a pilot in the Air Force. I just had such a fascination and love for flying. When I was around 13 years old, I joined a cadet program, similar to JROTC, called Civil Air Patrol hoping to have an opportunity to get my pilot license and get a feel for what it might be like to be in the military. A few years into the program I came to the realization that flying may not be the correct career path for me, but that being a doctor would. Since then, I've been moving forward with that dream of someday becoming a cardio-thoracic surgeon.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I grew up in the church, but before my baptism at 8 years old, my parents told me that it should be my choice and that I should feel that this is the right thing to do, so they invited me to pray and ask God if I should really be baptized. I remember, as I was kneeling by my bed, and as I was letting my Father in Heaven know that I really wanted to know that this was right, I started feeling really good inside; like I was at peace and felt comforted and warm inside. More than 10 years later, as I was preparing to leave on my mission, I offered a similar prayer, but to know if the Book of Mormon was really true and received another confirmation from God that it was. I know without a doubt that God answers prayers. I also know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's Kingdom on the Earth and that He has yet again, called Prophets and apostles to help guide us.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church and scouts, I've had tons of opportunities to serve others -and I've loved it! I have a habit of helping others first and worrying about myself later. After becoming an Eagle scout and turning 18, I accepted the call to be an assistant scout master for my local troop. It was great being able to teach the young group of boys age 12- 14 all the ins and outs of being a boy scout and how much fun it is.