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Hi I'm Jose Dario

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Bolivia, South America. Yet, I grew up here in the U.S., and here in Washington state is where my family was first introduced to the church. I even served a mission in Southern California. Now, I just live a rather simple life that involves, primarily, working as a janitor for a local school district, oil painting (between school quarters) and studying to get a degree in business administration.

Why I am a Mormon

Generally, it is not considered prudent to put your eggs in one basket (as the old saying goes). However, no one but Jesus Christ can promise the things that he can and there is no other institution on earth that can follow our Savior in the same way. My children are sealed to me for all time and eternity and even though I have not seen my children for years I have put all my hope and faith that I will see them again. I realize that my opening statements need a little clarification. I can sum it up in one word, divorce. Yes, divorce does exist in the LDS community – and one possible result from divorce is that parents and children can become separated – that is why I have not seen my children for some time. In many ways my own experience with marital separation can be compared to experiences that others have had and I too can share the pain and frustration of losing a family. Also, like many others, in the midst of my personal strife I have searched for comfort in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although I have been separated from my children I am still sealed to them. Just like in the days when our Savior, Jesus Christ, gave authority to his twelve disciples to bind on earth as well as in heaven, our Savior has given the power to worthy men in our time to unite familial bonds beyond this earthly life. All in all, only Jesus Christ can promise to keep families together forever, if we are obedient to him and his gospel. Also, I have found that the gospel of Jesus Christ is found, in its fullness, within the organization that most people call the Mormon Church. So, why am I a Mormon? Because Jesus Christ has organized his church in this day and age to help people work through this life. Jesus Christ’s church gives hope where otherwise there would not be hope and his gospel brings solutions and healing to those who have been affected by marital separations – like me.

How I live my faith

It is not just a matter of how I live my religion but how I survive my days and weeks. For me it is important to keep my mind occupied. Since I work as a janitor (an evening janitor at that) I have a lot of time to myself. So, I find that audio books keep me from drowning in my own thoughts. I love a good yarn, regardless of the genre. I have had the opportunity to study art and love to work on a canvas with oils. I carry a sketch book wherever I go in order to put down my ideas. Needless to say, I have not made it big with my art, yet I have not given up in presenting my work. I most definitely wish to expand my mind and now that I have a little energy I can renew my formal studies in business. I have stated some of the things that I use to keep myself busy but what actually sustains me from day to day is my hope and belief in Jesus Christ and his gospel. I find it imperative to read the scriptures daily – I read the Bible, the Book of Mormon or the other works of scriptures that the Lord has provided for us. In order to find strength for my daily duties and goals I find it important to kneel and direct my thoughts to my Father in Heaven in prayer. At this time, I am fortunate that being a night janitor I can plug the scriptures to my MP3 player and during my evening run I can find a quiet corner to take a break with a simple prayer. Of course, it is not enough to just read or listen to the scriptures and even though there is great power in prayer it is also important to learn what is being studied and do it – live the scriptures. So, all in all, I am a fellow that has much to improve upon, but I have the goals and the help to hopefully make me a better man.