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Hi I'm Irene

I live in Costa Rica. I play the viola. Music, nature, good friends, and my beloved family are what make me happy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and a mother. Of all the roles in my life, I feel that those two are the most important ones. I love sharing with my family, my siblings, and my parents; doing family activities together; and being at home. I like to know that my house is a home where I can feel the love of others and of my Heavenly Father. Music is also an important part of my life. To me it's not just a profession; it's something I love doing. I feel very blessed to be able to work with something that brings me such great satisfaction. Every day I practice very beautiful music together with the National Symphony Orchestra. I feel in touch with a much bigger world that is filled with emotions, stories from the past, and people who live now and who lived long ago. Now that I'm pregnant, I can share that special world with my baby! I am very grateful for having a husband who supports me in all aspects of my life. I also feel happy about the special girl that the Lord has sent us. I love to learn with her, do early stimulation activities, teach her the violin, and take her to piano lessons. Well, with her being such a hyperactive girl, I guess all that's left for me to do is follow her energetic pace! Since I live in a country with such beautiful landscapes and scenery, I feel a strong connection to and respect for nature. Reading, visiting the beautiful places in our country, exercising, and meditation (for the few minutes that I can with the rather busy life that I live) take up the rest of my time.

Why I am a Mormon

My beliefs and the life that I live within the Church are very important to me. Now that I have my own family that I am responsible for, I value much more the knowledge that I have of my life here on the earth, of where I came from, and of where I am going. In this sense, having a wider perspective of my purpose in life helps me to move onward with well-defined priorities. It fills me with great joy to know that my family, like all families, has the potential to become eternal and live with Heavenly Father forever. It makes it the most important thing in my life. If my family cannot be with me for eternity, nothing else will matter – neither fame, money, or even professional success. Our life on earth must be focused on increasing our love for others. What better way is there to begin than with those who are closest to us? Knowing what Heavenly Father did for us by showing us His great love through His Son, Jesus Christ, fills me with profound feelings of humility and gratitude. It is a gift that I cannot repay. I can, however, try to live a life that is worthy of Him. I appreciate His gospel in my life and everything I am able to learn daily. It brings me comfort to know that I am a child of God and that I can listen to His wise counsel for guidance in my life and in that of my family as we pass through this earthly experience. I feel blessed to know that I can communicate with our Father through prayer. I am grateful that Jesus Christ is my friend, although I am the one who always lets Him down and remove myself. I know that He is patient with me and that He waits for me so we can continue together. I am grateful that He lets me walk by His side and that He often carries me in His arms.

How I live my faith

On Sundays in church, I am the nursery teacher. Nursery is a class for children between 18 months and 3 years of age. My daughter is a part of this group. We have very special and tender lessons. They listen attentively, as if they remembered something they experienced in heaven not long ago. I also really enjoy visiting other women whom we call sisters in the Church. It is wonderful to see how there can be such special women within a church group, and yet we all learn a lot from one another. We receive and give comfort. I love going to Church activities during the week. Going as a family reminds me of when I was a little girl and used to attend with my parents and siblings. Those were happy times. We also go to the temple, which is different from the chapel. In the temple we have made sacred and personal covenants with God. I feel a lot of peace in that holy place. I arrived with many concerns and leave comforted. Above all, I constantly remember who I am, and I pray for inspiration so I can guide my life and that of my family. I have precious memories from the time when I served as a temple worker before I had children. Lastly, my musical knowledge has helped me contribute to the Church. I have played hymns during Sunday services together with my sister, who plays the clarinet. I have also directed a choir filled with very special and devout brothers and sisters. Our choir is not made up of professional singers, nor am I a professional choir director. I play the viola very well, but directing is a whole other ballgame! It is a choir full of admirable people with a desire to pour our their hearts and worship the Lord. We have worked very hard, and I am always impressed at how well everything turns out when our choir sings at church services. It is as if the Lord blew His breath and made everything sound so beautiful. As a professional musician, there are times when I don't understand it. As a child of God, I know that those are the small miracles that happen in our lives.