Hi I'm Ricky
I was converted to the Church in 1999. I served in the Philippines Bacolod Mission from March 2003-2005. I was married in the Manila Temple last April 28, 2010 to Emerald (also a returned missionary). I'm currently working as a Planning Analyst (Physical Facilities Department) for the Area Office.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in a very religious family and was educated in a secular school as well. But I attribute my first knowledge about God and faith through my mother who had taught me how to pray at an early age. When I was still in college, I had a desire to serve God but I do not know how. I was contemplating of entering a seminary to become a priest. A week after that strong desire, the full-time missionaries met my mother and they visited our home. I felt good about their teaching and eventually had my own testimony through prayer. It only took me a month to go through all the discussions and was baptized in August 1999. It has been one of the greatest event of my life. After graduation, I had a desire to serve a mission. I knew this was the answer to my prayer to serve God. Seeing the lives of people change through the Gospel is a very rewarding experience.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
God answers our prayers through so many ways. It could either be through a feeling or a prompting. It could also be through other people. He answers our prayers with a "yes, no or wait for a little while". We simply have to trust in Him because He knows what is best for us. We must always submit to His will.
How I live my faith
I had served and continually serving in various callings in the Church since I got baptized. I was called and set-apart as the Executive Secretary of Elder Julio Gaviola (Area Seventy). Prior to that, I was also the Executive Secretary of Pasig Stake. I also served as the Mission Leader before and after my full time mission.