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Hi I'm JV

I'm from the Philippines. I grew up in a Christ-centered home. I 'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the northern provinces of the Philippines. I come from a family of five, and together we embraced the beautiful landscape of the archipelago's rural side - the ocean, the mountains, and the plains. My mother's family joined the Mormon church in 1972, when she was ten years old. My father on the other hand was baptized in 1985, and later that year they were married. Needless to say, I was born into a Mormon family. But more importantly, my parents raised all three of us in a Christ-centered home. In the summer of 1996, we were sealed as an eternal family at the Manila Philippines Temple. Through the Church, I was given the opportunity to attend Brigham Young University - Hawai'i where I was able to increase my knowledge not only academically, but spiritually. It was there where I met my eternal companion. We were married after dating for two years, and were sealed for time and eternity at the Laie, Hawai'i Temple in 2008. I truly believe in the blessings of eternal marriage. It was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I am a young wife, and that is my life's calling at this time. I love my husband and together we are looking forward to welcoming children in our life. I am currently pursuing my Masters degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, and I hope that someday I can make significant contributions to the family as an institution. I am enjoying this life as I learn new things everyday. In a stressful world, cooking is my therapy, and a functional kitchen is my best friend.

Why I am a Mormon

Being born into a Mormon family, it was a challenge to build my own testimony. I often hear other people's conversion stories, and I used to wonder what was mine, or if I even had one to begin with. It is easy to say that I am a Mormon because my family is. But being a Mormon means more than being baptized and having your name listed in its official records. To me, choosing to be a Mormon is choosing to be like our Savior, Jesus Christ. I was 14 when for the first time I consciously made a decision based on the premise that it was what the Lord, not my parents, would have me do. As I realized how independent my decision was, that I was not scared of what others would think about my decision, I received a confirmation that doing the right thing is not always easy but doing things the Lord's way always feels better. My father always emphasized how we should use our agency, to think about things thoroughly and consider the consequences both short-term and in the future. This influenced our choice to be a Mormon, not only on Sundays, but everyday. He never forced us to go to Church, attend seminary, participate in church activities, or even serve a mission - he said it was always our choice. His examples were enough to encourage us to do what is right. He has always reminded us that being a Mormon made him the man that he is today, that he can not think of any other way of raising a family without the principles of the Gospel. I believe that living the Mormon lifestyle, as my peers refer to my way of life, made me who I am today. Each and everyday, I try to become a better person. I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father, and I want to be like Him one day. Being a Mormon helps me become a better child of God on earth.

How I live my faith

Growing up in the Church, I have had many opportunities to serve many different local congregations. Most of my callings involved teaching. I used to teach gospel classes to 3-year old children. It was the most fun calling I've ever had. I also taught gospel doctrine classes to young teenagers when I was 19. That assignment didn't last very long because I soon learned that I needed to leave the Philippines to attend BYU-Hawaii. Looking back, I was glad I was able to share the principles that helped me in my younger years to some of our ward's 12 and 13-year olds. While attending singles ward at BYU-Hawaii, I was called to teach a gospel principles class where I taught the basics of the Mormon faith. Sharing the gospel with others have blessed my life, and the Lord has truly guided me as I prepared for each lesson. I also had the opportunity to serve with other young wives and mothers as a Secretary in our local married congregation at BYU-Hawaii. Serving with them taught me many important lessons, especially the value of visiting with the sisters and their families. It was an amazing feeling when you know you were able to ease another sister's burden by just dropping off dinner after she just got back from the hospital or by watching her baby while she takes her final exams. There are a lot of ways to serve in the Church and in the community. I was actively involved with the Filipino student body at BYU-Hawaii, whether it was a community service project cleaning a local beach park or making sure they have food for refreshments after an activity. Even after graduation, my husband and I made sure the members of the Filipino community at the university were welcome to our humble home for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's dinner. We know how hard it is to be away from family, and we didn't hesitate to "adopt" a couple of homesick students.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

JV
The Lord invites everyone to come unto Him. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormons, follows such principle. Everyone is welcome to join the Mormon Church. The Church doesn't discriminate people based on their race, color, or country of origin. As to the Priesthood, it is given to all worthy male members of the Church. Worthiness is not based on social status or physical abilities, but is measured by a man's faithfulness and commitment to live according to the principles of the Gospel. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

JV
We believe that we all have eternal potential, that there is life after death. Based on such premise, we do believe that a husband and wife, and therefore the family as a unit, can be together forever. We believe that whatever is bound on earth shall be bound in heaven and that we can continue our associations in the post-mortal life. Through marriage, we create new families and the eternal family grows. We believe we can be with our loved ones here and in the life after. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

JV
The only way to know if Mormonism is true is to pray about it. Ask and ye shall receive. Recognition of the truthfulness of the restored gospel does not come by countless hours of historical research, but by sincerely reading the Book of Mormon and praying about it. Talking to people unfamiliar to the Mormon church and referring to materials published about the Church will not be able to provide the most accurate answers to Mormonism-related queries. Mormon missionaries serve around the world to be instruments of the Lord in spreading the restored gospel, and they have answers to most of your questions. If they do not have it, they will seek for it with you. The bottom line is, if you have a willing heart, the Lord will make His truths known unto you. Show more Show less