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Hi I'm Mario

I was born in Bogota, Colombia. I grew up in Utah. I am a Health Administration Graduate Student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In 1999, my mother and father made the difficult decision of moving their young family to the United States, from Colombia, in search for a better future for their children. My parent's migratory sacrifice has driven me to be successful and chase my dreams. Not only have I been blessed to grow up with the freedoms I enjoy in America, but I was raise in a latter-day-saint home where I was taught to work hard, to be virtuous, and to serve god. One of the greatest blessings in my life, is my beautiful and talented wife. We got married over two years ago, and I cannot imagine my life without her. She is my best friend, my companion, and the only person that laughs at all my jokes. We currently live in Chicago, Illinois where I am pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Health Systems Management. I hope to manage a Hospital or healthcare organization with the hopes of improving the quality of healthcare provided in the US. Although I love school, in my time off I enjoy watching football, researching business Ideas, bowling, and hanging out with my beautiful wife.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I quickly learned that my faith asked me to live a very strict lifestyle that included abstinence from alcoholic drinks, coffee, tobacco, green tea, and sexual relations before marriage. As a teenager, I began to question the faith my parents had taught me in my youth. I began to wonder why God would require me to do so many things that others found to be normal. I decided that I needed to seek my own witness and testimony; i wanted to know what faith God wanted me follow. Was the Mormon Church truly gods true church upon the earth? In the church I was taught that The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, was the word of God and if any one wanted to know if the church was truly God's only true church upon the earth, they should ask god if the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God. If God answers that the Book of Mormon is truly his, then it means that the prophet who translated it, is truly a prophet. If the prophet, Joseph Smith is truly a prophet, then the church he established was directed by God, the authority he received was given to him by God, and therefore everything that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches is Gods eternal truth. I decide to take the challenge and ask for my self. I prayed to God to know if the Book of Mormon was true, and I received an answer. God did not send an angel nor did I hear his voice, but I recognized his answer through my feeling after praying. I noticed that the days following my prayer, my desire to gain knowledge about the gospel increased, I had a greater desire to be kind to my siblings, I wanted to share how awesome the gospel was, and I had a greater conviction that Christ and God were truly real. Reading and praying about The Book or Mormon had truly strengthened me spiritually and given me a greater conviction to be better. I knew that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Is God's true church.

How I live my faith

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints, I have been able to serve in various church assignments. As I have volunteered my time to fulfill my church responsibilities, I have grown both spiritually and intellectually. Currently, I am a local ward missionary. The purpose of this assignment is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We visit members who have stopped coming to church, we find individuals who are interested in learning about what we belief in, and we invite everyone to ask god if The Book of Mormon is the word of God. I live my faith by serving others, and doing what Christ would do.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

After the Savior's Death and Resurrection, the apostles continued his work upon the earth. Those apostles had the authority which Christ had given them, which the bible mentions as the power bind on earth and in heaven. This priesthood authority is essential and is required to perform saving ordinances like baptism and the giving of the gift of the Holy Ghost. The priesthood authority also gives the apostles the authority to lead the church, to preach the gospel, to speak with god in regard to the whole world, and to clarify doctrines. After Christ was gone, the apostles were also persecuted. many of them were murdered, crucified, and tortured. This priesthood authority was lost, thus the dark ages began, a time we call Apostasy. Since the priesthood authority was gone from the earth, many good people tried to continue the christian traditions they had learned from the apostles, but without the authority to lead the church, they began making changes to valuable doctrines (for example: the method of baptism. Christ was baptized by immersion, but people changed this without authority to do so). Because of the lack of printers, the bible was reproduced by hand and errors were made, resulting in different versions, which confused the readers. In order to come out of this darkness, the church did not need to be reformed, but it needed to be restored to what Christ had set up in the beginning with the right priesthood authority. This was done through the prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less