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Hi I'm Carmen

I work with the sweetest teenagers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graphic designer, my whole life I loved to create new things and play with pictures. It was only a couple years before when I knew something called Scrapbook! I started making scrapbooks for my family and friends and I just love their faces when they see themselves in a piece of graphic art. I think I have found one more way to make people smile... we all love that, don't we? I also love to make my friends laugh... the best way to face life is with an enormous sense of humor, I believe. I grew up in Bolivia, people there sometimes believe that if you laugh to much then you are gonna cry soon. My best friend was always telling me "I love you but every time I'm with you I'm afraid to cry the next day". To this sentence the best answer is: We are in this earth to have joy. Don't be afraid to suffer, neither to enjoy, both are part of this great experience we call LIFE. There is a quote I really love by Theodore Roosevelt: "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in that gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat". Be happy and see life with a smile is a gift.

Why I am a Mormon

I went to the Church the first time when a group of young people invited me to play volleyball with them. I was 13 years old and the Church has nice programs for every age so they organiced some sports championships. We started compiting between wards, but to be good we needed to practice a lot. In one of the practices I met the missionaires and me and other friend started to learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In one of the talks they asked me who is the last prophet I know that existed, I answered maybe Moses? And they told me: We actually have one today! They said. I still remember how happy I was that we had a prophet, I wanted to know more about this prophet and I remember that I never doubted that he was a real prophet of the Lord. I was bapticed shortly after, me and my friend that was investigating the Church got bapticed the same day. I am mormon because in this almost 10 years of belonging to the Church I learned a lot about simple and deep doctrines. When we apply the laws that we learn in the Book of Mormon we have a better life and are perfected as human beings. There is nothing in the world that could have prepare me more for the rest of my life than the knowledge of who I really am and what is my goal in this earthly life. I have learned how close to God we can be, how much beauty and truth we have in this world and how two old books: The Bible and The Book of Mormon can teach you and guide you in this actual times. I believe, like Joseph Smith wrote, when he sumarized our beliefes: “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

How I live my faith

I am the President of the Young Women, it's a group of girls between 12 and 17 years old. You see, we are talking about TEENAGERS! The word teenager has another meaning since I'm working with this young girls. My "job" is to teach them the principles and values that will lead their lifes to the best future they can get. Our values are: Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Good Works, Integrity and Virtue. Our goal is to increase and perfectionate this values during this years. My calling is to look for the wellfare of this young women. We have lessons on Sabbath day and we have activities in the middle of the week to strenghten friendship and just enjoy. We went to the cinema twice, to historical places or ruins, to a water park in summer, we went to rafting, celebrated birthdays, etc. We also participated in service proyects, we cleaned a cementery and visited kids that have heart problems. Through this activities we learn to love each other, to love our neighbor and to love the gospel.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mormons help every person they can. It's important for us to help our neighbore, this can be frm other religion, country or simply different from us, but they are also sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father and we all deserve to have a better world and a hand of help when we are down. About helping the world, the Church members give donations so this money could go to different places in the world and help those who need it more. The Church prepares quilts kits with towels, shampoo, hair brush, soap and other items for personal use first aid cabinets and groceries to send in case of disasters. We, as a ward or branch are also in charge of our members and report to the leaders when someone is needing some help. The Church will always veil for their welfare. We have seen the case of Haiti, when they suffered a devastating earthquake, the Church sent aid quickly: Two planes, one departing from Denver as early as Thursday and another leaving from Miami later this week, will each include over 80,000 pounds of food and emergency resources such as tents, tarps, water filtration bottles and medical supplies donated by the Church. Transportation is being provided by Airline Ambassadors and Food for the Poor will aid with distribution in Haiti. About the earthquake in Chile that followed the Haiti one the Church answered: Church leaders have identified that food, water, tents, blankets, hygiene kits and sleeping mats are needed to assist people in the affected region. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile delivered six tons of food from local bishops' storehouses to the city of Talca on 2 March to help meet needs in several cities north of Concepción. A second shipment of 20 tons of food is expected to reach Concepción on 3 March. Two additional shipments of food have been sent to affected areas to the south of Concepción. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

We don't drink or consume any substance that is addictive or harmful to our bodies. Our body is a temple and as a temple we have to mantain it clean. The more you understand the perfection of you body the more you understand how wonderful is. We are born to be free, addiction will never give you the right to chose, it will chaine you to depend of this and will not let you be independent anymore. God gives us many rich vitamins and minerals that empower our body with strenght and health. A proper diet will give us a happy life, where we don't have to deal with sikness and be strongh enough to live and help others to reach the same: a happy life. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

When I went to my first meeting on sunday I felt so good and so welcomed that I didn't wanted to leave. I never realized that is actually took 3 hours! Why we feel that even three hours is not even enough? Because of the organizations and divisions. In some places the order is different but usually we divide the time in 3 different classes. The Sacrament Meeting is where everybody attend, we partake of the Sacrament, when we remember the covenants or promises we make when we got baptized, we remember Christ's suffering, atonement and death for us. Latter we hear from three speakers that are picked up from the congregation, of course they are assigned one or a couple of weeks before. This speakers could be children, teenagers, adults, etc. We learn from each member. Latter we have Sunday School where we are divided by age. The little ones have Primary where they play and learn the gospel with teaching adequate to their age (3-11 years old). The youth get together in a class according their age, that is 12-17 years old. Finally we divide this groups between men and women. The youth is divided into Young Men and Young Women. And the adults are divided into Priesthood and Relief Society. Because of this programs we feel that time at church just flyes. All are invited to our meetings, if you feel you have some questions or you want to know by yourself how it's like you must come and join us whenever you want! Something that I personally love are the Hymns we sing, it's a time of union between us. And we have Hymn Books so even if it's your first time you will be able to sing with us. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

We are in times of global warming, earthquakes, tsunamis, wars and rumors of wars... like we see, the prophesies about the last days are being fullfilled. Of course we never know when this things are going to happen and when the experts detect them it is too late to start preparing, we need to be ready anytime. That's why we are asked to save money, food and important documents in proper conditions or places in order to use this things in an emergency. We are asked to learn to do simple things by our selves in case of economic hard times like plant some seeds, learn to cut your hair, make your own clothing, etc. The Church leaders care about their people and they ask us to be prepared while we can. It could be that nothing will happen in our country or area, but, like we say in spanish, it's better prevent than repent. Anyway, this things are happening in the world and we need to start acting wisely now. Show more Show less