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Hi I'm Alvaro Galvez

I am from Guatemala, but reside in United States. I have been a member all my life. I love being a LDS member.

About Me

My wife and I have 2 boys. I graduated from college in 2005. I love to read, and I consider myself a history junky. I love to read, and communicate with others. I enjoy music, movies, and art. My kids consider me pretty boring, but we love each other very much.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 17 years old, I realized my time to start making decisions on my own was coming fast. After an argument with my mom, as teenagers normally do, she asked me "What are you going to do with your faith?" Over the following weeks I became preoccupied. I needed the assurance that everything was going to be fine, just like I always knew when living with my parents. One day I was invited to participate in a missionary activity at church. I was given the assignment to greet the visitors. The missionary leader gathered us in one room to pray and sign a song, as we normally do at church whenever we will start an activity. As we sang the last verse of the song ( it talked about how the elders will preach the gospel to the poor) a strong feeling did not let me finish singing. I knew at that moment that I was supposed to serve a mission. I received a testimony from the Holy Ghost that I was blessed by the Lord with the opportunity to serve a mission. During the following weeks, I said to myself "I cannot go on my mission believing in the Bible only. I need to know if the Book of Mormon is true" I read the book twice in three weeks. As soon as I closed it the second time, I knelt and prayed, as I had done during those three weeks, and a calm, warm feeling came over me. I knew the Book was true, and that the Church was true. I served a mission for two years, to the poor people in Guatemala .

How I live my faith

My wife and I attend the temple regularly. I participate as a temple worker two saturdays a month, from 7AM to 1:00PM. My current calling is to assist the presidency of a small unit in the church and helping he members. We strive to read the scriptures daily. Sometimes is very difficult, but as a family we have been able to read the Book of Mormon almost daily for the past 6 years. My wife and I have overcome my challenges over the years by following the principles taught in the scriptures and through our leaders, specially the prophet. Many times I have found myself amazed how the basic and simple solutions have been given to the most complex problems of our society. It is not easy, and sometimes I wonder why many people seem oblivious of moral principles, and without the need of them. However, the results of our choices also seem the same over and over again; unhappiness, shattered dreams, destroyed families, etc. I have experience first hand God's mercy and his love by abiding the the principles given to us from the beginning. This is what happiness is all about, to achieve the potential God knows we have, which brings eternal bonds of love, and the type of happiness that never ends.