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Hi I'm Elbert Giron

I'm a person. I like running, rap, vintage guitars, and visual aesthetics.

About Me

My name is Elbert. I guess it means noble and bright in Dutch, I think. In reality, my name comes from the Englishification of Alberto. My parents were born in Oaxaca, Mexico in contrast to my birth in Salem, Oregon. My parents came to the United States when they were about 14, and I gained a testimony when I was a little younger than that. I'm currently serving in the Romania/Moldova Mission for two glorious years. Prior to my mission, I was briefly a cross-country coach, adidas sales rep, and BYU-Hawaii International Cultural Studies major. My parents are separated, my mom being a superbly devout Mormon with my father being relatively irreligious. Throughout my life I've had an interest in design that made me go through dream job phases of being an architect, mechanical engineer, sports marketer, physiologist (human design I guess), and finally product design, though that will all wait until I return from Romania. The things I boxed a way while I serve a mission include rap, alternative, and classical vinyl albums; crisp sounding Teisco, Fender, and Orange guitar gear; and an 80's Trek bike, too many sneakers, and wall of racing bibs.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their late-teens. Despite being born into the religion, the decision to practice it was all my own. My father left the church, not because of disbelief of the gospel, but for his own personal reasons. My mother has an iron-clad testimony that has protected her through a fight against cancer along with various other woes. The balance between disassociation and association has given me the blessing of needing a stronger independent testimony. Anyway, I am Mormon ultimately because I have become a better person by following the teachings of Christ.

How I live my faith

I've served in my branch and stake by organizing constructive activities for youth, and by coordinating service projects. I've taught Sunday School on occasions.. On a more secular level, I've volunteered with the Oregon Department of Justice and I've volunteered with various road clean-ups. On an individual level, live my faith through acknowledging my flaws and trying to become as conscious as possible of ways I can grow and develop as aperson. However, I have learned that facades of perfection are a weakness, so I do not try to hide my weakness with disingenuous notions. Additionally, I am serving a mission.

What is being a Mormon like?

Elbert Giron
Growing up in a small rural community, my peers often thought being Mormon meant having a large dorky white family. I have a small dorky Mexican-American family, but the constant in the sterotypical Mormon families and the countless outlier Mormon families is that we're all striving to attain the greatest joy possible that is made possible through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less