Hi, I'm Sister Katia Valladares. I preach the gospel to the four corners of the world. I'm currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors' Center, and I LOVE it!
I'm from Tegucigalpa, HONDURAS, a beautiful and amazing small country with great people that have amazing hearts. I was raised speaking spanglish and I use it a lot on my mission. I was born in the capital of Honduras and have lived there my whole life. I'm a very family-oriented person and have a really good relationship with them. They are my best friends!
I grew up reading the scriptures with them and praying as a family. I'm happy because I know my purpose here on earth. I know where I come from, why I'm here and where I'm going. The gospel of Jesus Christ has provided the answers for those questions for me and my family.
When I was 20 I decided I wanted to share the happiness I have in my life with others. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we have the privilege to voluntarily serve missions for 18 months( the sisters) and two years(the elders). I felt that I needed to serve a mission, turned in my papers and 4 weeks after that I received my call. I know that we are called by a prophet of God to share what we know, and I know that the message that we share is true.
I opened up my call, where we receive a letter telling us where we are called. I then read I was called to serve in the Arizona Mesa Mission, at the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors' Center.
I'm so happy to be serving a mission now, it's the best decision I've ever made in my life. Soon after getting my call I had some months to prepare and flew to Provo, Utah, to the Missionary Training Center. There I spent 3 weeks preparing myself to teach the gospel and a week to learn about my call at a Visitors' Center. I learned to be myself and met people from all over the world.
Now I've been out almost 10 months. I love to serve the people here in Mesa, Arizona.
When I got here I realized that there's many people out there that need to know what I know. I love the dry heat, the tall palm trees and the mexican food. I teach people from all over the world through the internet. I call people in their countries, I use skype, facebook, blogs etc to share the gospel with everyone.
My sister was helping me before to post some things in this blog, now I'll use this blog to post what I learn and what we share as missionaries. I hope you can all feel that what I'm sharing is what you needed for that day.
I know that God loved me, He loves all of His children, He wants us to be happy, that's why He sent His son Jesus Christ, who established His Church and who guides us today. God calls a prophets now like He did in ancient times, and the gospel of Jesus Christ, that was lost for a period of time, has been restored now on the earth by a prophet called Joseph Smith. I know this is true, you can know that for yourself as you read The Book of Mormon- another testament of Jesus Christ, and pray about it.
I'm soooo happy to be in contact with you!
Abrazos y besos...
Sister Katia Valladares