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Hi I'm Salvador Parra

I am an overhead crane operator for a steel fabrication shop. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have one brother and three sisters, whom I have many similarities with but some key differences also. I am the only left handed person in my family, I am the only child who wasn't given a middle name nor my mom's maiden name as my second last name, and above all... I am a Latter Day Saint or Mormon. I enjoy being outdoors running, playing soccer, and biking. While indoors I enjoy doing DIY home improvement projects (installing tile, light fixtures, etc), bike maintenance, and just about anything that is hands on learning. As for my education, I really enjoy chemistry and have had the opportunity to finish my freshman year of college at the Colorado School of Mines where I plan to finish out my bachelors degree in biochemical engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a catholic, and until I was around the age of fifteen my parents no longer said “we are going to church” they asked “would you like to go to church with us?” At this stage in my life I was naive in thinking that my time was better spent elsewhere. My freedom of choice, aka agency, wasn't limited to going to church it was extended to just about all aspects of my life. From how to dress to who to hang out with and how to spend my free time outside of school, it was now up to me. Was I ready for this much agency? As my parents watched the choices I would make and advise me of the dangers while still allowing me to learn first hand that the dangers are more than real, I can say I was not yet ready. After going to church once a year up until the end of my senior year, hanging out with the wrong crowd, partaking of physically, spiritually, and emotionally damaging activities I finally learned I needed to make a change. I attempted to go back to the church I was raised in, but something was off so I made a goal to visit other churches and religions. I was really bad at seeking to accomplish this goal for I had not made the serious effort to visit and learn, that was until homecoming senior year. I met a Mormon and she was different from all the other girls that I had talked to. After the dance we continued talking and eventually I accepted her invitation to join her and her family for church. After that first invitation I began my investigation and later lessons with the missionaries in Golden where I was attending college until I felt prompted to accept the missionaries invitation to be baptized. It has now been two years since I made the decision to be baptized and I couldn't be happier. I have come to find the light and joy of the gospel and am now preparing to serve a full time mission. I am a Mormon or rather a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by obeying the commandments of Heavenly Father, reading my scriptures, adhering to the council of church leaders, using my agency to make good decisions, attending church meetings on Sunday, and reaching out to others as best I can. I have been called to be the sacrament coordinator for my young single adult branch and I really enjoy serving in that capacity as well as blessing and passing the sacrament. I am also called as an instructor for the men. I'm still getting the hang of teaching and preparing lessons but I am growing to enjoy it, I learn a lot from preparing to teach and teaching itself. I am also preparing to serve a full time mission and have been called to the Mexico Puebla North mission, leave January 2017.