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Hi I'm Odaliz

I was born in Mexico city, Mexico. I love to go hiking and camping, basically anything in the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Mexico city, but I wasn't there for long. We moved over to the United states when I was only 2 and a half. Been in Utah ever since then. I love to learn different things like, cooking, sports, drawing, playing instruments. etc. I love to read and go hiking and camping. I want to travel around the world, but for now I'm preparing to serve a mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into the church I wasn't converted. You can grow up in it and take upon yourself the testimony of your parents and do what your supposed to do, but when have you been really converted to it? Growing up I loved going to church. Even into my early teenage years, I believed in the things I was being taught, but I never had a testimony of my own. I guess because of that is when later in my mid teens I started to question what I really believed in and fell into temptation. It was a dark time for me, I was lost, angry, and confused. I didn't want any one else to know so I hid it from the world. Everything I was feeling, everything I was going through and doing. That feeling of loneliness took hold even more. I thought I was lost, but then amidst the darkness I found light. I can't remember the exact moment it all turned around, but then again it wasn't a sudden realization. As I look back on it, it was a gradual process. Little by little my Faith started to grow, I started to get my own Testimony of Christ and his Gospel. I have always felt the Spirit and that was one thing I was sure of and I guess that's why I never let go completely. Now I'm striving to live the Gospel as fully as I can not because of the influences of my family or friends, but for me, for my happiness and joy, also for my future family. I think we have all experienced happiness, but I never felt what true happiness was till then. and still now I am feeling it and experiencing it everyday. That's why I am a Mormon, because I know its true, I feel it's true. I know that there is a Heavenly father who loves me and a Savior who died for me, as well as for all of his other children.

How I live my faith

I belong to a small Spanish branch, although we are small you can feel all the love and support everyone has for each other. Throughout my teenage years I have been called to be president or a counselor in the young woman's. Currently I direct the music in sacrament and teach in the nursery. I never thought I would be doing any of these two callings, but each one has been a great learning experience. So you can say I was always a part of something in the church. But It didn't stop there. At home and at school I would try my best to live the principals and commandments. I cant say I was always perfect with them, especially those teenage rebellious years, but I learned from those experiences which helped me grow into who I am today.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Odaliz
Like in any other religion, Temples have always been a symbol of sacredness, peace, and joy. The church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints has more than 100 operating temples around the world. Anyone can visit the temple grounds and enjoy of the beauty and the spirit that is felt there. The reason why only baptized, qualified, and prepared members are allowed to enter is because the different ordinances that are done in the temple are sacred. Baptisms for the dead, learning eternal truths, family sealing's, getting married to your spouse for eternity. And because these ordinances are so sacred they shouldn't be talked about so lightly. If you want to learn more you can go on the church website or talk to the missionaries. Show more Show less