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Hi I'm Liliam

I am originally from Guatemala and currently living in Dallas Texas, I met the church 22 years ago, I am bless to be a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a Catholic environment, I even went to a Catholic School. Since I was a child I always felt like the communication with our Heavenly Father should be from the heart instead of a repetition like I was taught. I met the first time the missionaries when I was 15, and I felt in love in the way they spoke about God, but I had to stop seen them because of the boyfriend I had at the time, he said they did not believed in God. The next time I had the opportunity to meet them again I was 19, I was driving with my mother and two missionaries were on the side of the road asking for a ride so we stopped and gave them a ride to the next town, we were heading to my grandmother's house to bake cookies for Christmas and they mentioned that is was almost 2 years since they had the opportunity to have some Christmas cookies, we asked them why they did not visit their families for Christmas, then they explained to us that they were missionaries of The Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints. It got the curiosity and attention from my mother as well as myself so my mother invited them to our house to enjoy the cookies and on the same day we were invited by this two missionaries to enjoy a Christmas gathering at their church. We love how we felt and how everyone welcome us into their church. We continue to visit them on Sundays and I love the way in which they prayed. Later on on February 23 of 1993, I got baptized with my sister, a week later my mother and 5 months later my father.

Why I am a Mormon

I love to be a Mormon, because before I was a member I believed in Heavenly Father and in our older brother Jesus, but I was never able to communicate with Them or I did not know how to pray to Them. I always asked: why did our Heavenly Father stop giving revelations to us here on earth, like He did to the Prophets in the Bible? Are we not worth it that He doesn't communicate with us anymore? When I met the missionaries I was taught how to pray not as a repetition, but from our hearts, like if I was talking to my father here on earth and also I learned that our Heavenly Father still gives revelations to prophets like He did it before. I wanted to know more about the church and to become a member of it, I also was introduced to the Book of Mormon and understood that the church belives in God and Jesus Christ. I am thankful that 22 years ago my mother decided to give a ride to 2 missionaries that were hitchhiking on the road, because that changed my life and I know that He still loves us and gives revelation to a living prophet and that His church is based on how Jesus founded it. I know that He loves each of us and that He never leave us alone, that in every trial we have in life He is always at our side, He knows what we need and the only thing He is waiting from us is that we ask Him. He is a Father of mercy and unconditional love.

How I live my faith

The year of 2014 was the start of my trials to test my faith in my Heavenly Father, I got injured at work and on July 31, I was told I could no longer work until I fixed my back on my own. My New Year resolution for 2014 was to be more active in church and to be there every Sunday. Since I promised my self that; all the trials started, every month was one thing after another, but I did not leave the church, I was there every Sunday with my daughter. I started to serve with the sisters missionaries so I could explain to the new possible members of our church what I believe and how the Gospel has changed my life. Latter I found out that the church ward had to plan for meals for the missionaries at our members house, so even when money was scarce I planned to have them in my house at least once a week. I was used to the system in Guatemala in which the missionaries eat at a specific place and they had the three meals there. I was shocked to know that sometimes they only had one meal at day and I cried, so I was committed to provide them with a meal more than once per week. There were times in which we had the missionaries in my house 3-4 times per week and they always provided a wonderful message to the family. My husband and stepdaughter were not members and during this time I was blessed to have that time with the missionaries because that helped me to bring my husband and step daughter with me to church, because they practiced another religion. The missionaries bring possible members to the Temple and in one occasion I brought with me my stepdaughter and the same day she told me "I want to be baptize". Her decision also influenced my husband and 4 months later my husband and step daughter got baptized. My back injury gave me the time to spend with our members to help others, by helping in projects to help other members and non members in need. Now I know that our Heavenly Father has a plan for us, at the time we might not understand it, but He knows what we need.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Liliam
I know that our Heavenly Father loves us, He sent his begotten son Jesus Christ to pay for our sins, so some day we can live with our Heavenly Father again if we live a worthy life by keeping His commandments and living a life like our older brother Jesus did. I believe that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that God called him to restore Jesus Christ church on earth, that today we have a living prophet that continues to have communication with God and that he delivers His message to us. Show more Show less