Hi I'm Emrol
I'm 'Trini to d bone' and I'm a Mormon.
I love my Caribbean heritage; our foods, our musical rhythms, and mostly our warm, friendly, diverse peoples. I think it's impossible to live in Trinidad & Tobago and not love these things. I'm an IT Project Manager (PMP) employed with one of the World's largest Financial institutions, a working student (a struggling one at that), and a husband of 10 years. I grew up as a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force, and have a penchant for things military.
Why I am a Mormon
Twenty-two years ago, when Missionaries first knocked on my single mother's door, I was the only member of my family to join the Church at that time. I thought that I knew the Church was true, but it took ten years to realise that up to that point, I only believed what I was taught, and hadn't yet come to truly KNOW for myself. I was reading... no studying... from the New Testament, engaged in a period of regular fasting, and prayer over a few weeks, for the specific purpose of finding out what the Lord's will was for me at that time in my life. When I came to one of the parts that related Jesus' experience in the Garden of Gethsemane, I started to think about what it would take for me to suffer like that for someone else's mistakes... their choices. I then realised that He did that because of MY mistakes... MY choices... some of those choices were deliberate. Why would He do that? Because to Him, I am worth it. He paid the price for my sins, 2,000 years before I would even think about committing those sins. I felt loved, and yet ashamed. At that point I received the Spiritual witness, that Jesus is The Christ, and that while He paid that price for all of our Heavenly Father's children, he paid it for me. The Atonement became real to me, and it became personal. "How merciful the Lord hath been" (Moroni 10: 3) took on new meaning. That witness... that knowledge, helped me to realise that because of His love for us, He would prepare, and provide a means for us to find our way through the confusion my man's many interpretations of His Word. That means includes the Book of Mormon, and the Prophets He has called to be on the Earth in these times. If we heed their words, follow their counsel, and obey His commands, we will receive all that He has in store for us. This I KNOW to be true.
How I live my faith
At present, I am a lay ecclesiastical leader of several local congregation. This allows me the opportunity to develop leaderships skills, and Christ-like qualities, as I seek to provide effective service to the local leaders, and the general membership. Of course, I also need to apply the principles that I teach to my own life and family. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow as I serve, and to help others do the same.