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Hi I'm Mariano

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I've grown up bilingual and am going on a mission to Reno Nevada. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Argentina, and have traveled back and forth between there and the United States several times. During my time in Argentina, my faith was tested, but I remained faithful. I know what it is like to be in a situation where I am the only Mormon, or even the only Christian, and I know that times like that are hard for believers, but that remaining true to our beliefs is truly a protection. Since I have been back in the United States, I have developed a love for both the English and the Spanish languages, and am excited to serve a Spanish speaking mission to Reno, Nevada September 28th.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was living in Argentina, I attended a school to which I was the only member of the Church. Situations like this were pretty common, so I wasn't really worried about it at first. I was already used to some of the things that people in Argentina do that aren't in accordance to the teachings of the Gospel, like swearing in every sentence, but it felt like the more time I spent in school, the worse it seemed to get. I was the weird kid because I didn't swear or watch the same shows that everyone else watched, because these shows made me feel uncomfortable because of the way some things were portrayed. It got to the point where even my friends were asking me to change, and give up my faith. Having been born as a member of the Church, I knew that my beliefs were important to me, but I wasn't sure why. In my mind, I felt like my Heavenly Father surely wouldn't want me to be the weird kid, since he would only want my happiness in mind, and I started to question the truthfulness of some of the commandments. Sometime around here, I remember looking at myself and thinking about how much I had changed since leaving Utah and feeling conflicted. I wanted to be happy and have friends, but I didn't want to change who I was. I prayed and started to read my scriptures for the first time in a long, long time. I don't remember a specific moment when I knew that the Gospel, and every part of it, was true, but I do remember little by little feeling more happy the more I got to learn (or relearn) about the Gospel, and now I have no regrets about remaining as a firm member of this Church.

How I live my faith

I love this Gospel, and the more that people oppose or pressure me about its truthfulness, the more that I have learned to love it. I haven't held many leadership positions within the Church yet, but I love the leaders and truly believe that they are called by our Heavenly Father, and that He knows their potential. Since I haven't held a position, I try to do my part within my ward by being an example to others, and living my life in a way that reflects my beliefs.