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Hi I'm Delia Parentela Cabrera

I'm originally from the Philippines. I have a story to tell...my life, my conversion, my trials and my testimonies.

About Me

I'm a mother of three and a grandmother of six. I was a vocal teacher for over 25 years. Music has been a love of my life - I started performing at an early age and continued on to perform with my own children. I also love to write, read, go to the temple and work out at the gym. I have gone through so many trials in my life that made me who I am today. If you want to know more of me, please visit my blog. My writings will hopefully inspire and make you smile.

Why I am a Mormon

I am so blessed to have found the church. The gospel brings real joy in my life. When I was Catholic, many questions remained unanswered. The first thing that made me curious in finding out more about being a Mormon was seeing a family prayed. All I knew was the recited prayers like Our Father, Hail Mary, etc. I realize now that it was the Holy Ghost that moved me deeply upon hearing them pray. This way of praying led the missionaries to my door. The very same way, helped me be close to my Father in Heaven who always hear my sincere pleadings. The knowledge of the true gospel of Jesus Christ gives me hope when things seem beyond repair and there's no one to turn to. What greater hope is there when I know where I came from, why I'm here and where I'm going. I challenge you to find out for yourself if these things are true like I did. You will know as the Spirit testifies to you like He did to me. Now, as I continue to follow the commandments, tremendous blessings are constant in my life. With my Ward family, I feel the love of my Savior as each one tries to emulate Him through service, kindness and sincere love for one another. This family closeness and fellowship is the same where ever I go. It's because this church is true and Jesus, our Savior is its head. We are led by a living prophet today as it was in the olden days because our Heavenly Father has never ceased loving His children. I have never felt His love this way before I was a Mormon. I have never been this happy and I wish everyone in the entire world would experience the same. I am eternally grateful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have always called to serve in a position that has something to do with Music. I am now a Music Leader for the organization for children under the age of 12. I teach them the gospel through songs. I try to motivate them to sing and learn to love good music. It is a very rewarding job.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Delia Parentela Cabrera
It is a misconception. The word cult refers to the religious rites and ceremonies which usually associated with Satanic practices. We are definitely not a cult. We believe in Jesus Christ and He is the head of our church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Delia Parentela Cabrera
No, we don't practice polygamy. Our church, Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints (LDS or Mormons) has nothing whatever to do with those practicing polygamy. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Delia Parentela Cabrera
Joseph Smith was a chosen prophet of God through whom the gospel was restored. He was given the key to the priesthood and he was given the book known today as The Book Of Mormon which he translated. President John Taylor, the third President of the Church, wrote, "Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it" (D&C 135:3). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Delia Parentela Cabrera
We believe in the Plan of Salvation. We lived with our Heavenly Father as His spirit children. We chose to follow Christ and we were given permission to come to earth, experience bring mortals, be tested and prepare for eternal life. As Jesus Christ gave His life and live again, so do we. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Delia Parentela Cabrera
It was from God's order out of necessity to take care of many women who were widowed with children and those who were alone. The church abolished it a century ago and whoever enters into it now is surely gets excommunication. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Delia Parentela Cabrera
We adhere to modesty in dressing and good moral values. "We believe in being bhonest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. " We celebrate the same national hildays everyone in the U.S.A. celebrates. We also celebrate Pioneer Day. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Delia Parentela Cabrera
Definitely, visitors are welcome to attend our services. 1. We have Sacrament Meeting, the most sacred meeting we have on Sunday where we recieve the sacrament in the form of bread and water. This is the time when we remember our covenant we made when we are baptized. We remember our Savior who gave Hiw own life that we may live with Him and our Father again. 2. Sunday School/Gospel Doctrine is the meeting where we learn the scriptures. 3. Relief Society.Priesthood Meetings is when we separate the men and the women to have their own class. They both have lessons to help them grow spiritually and temporally as well. The children go to Primary (while their parent attend the meetings), an organizarton where children are taught. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Delia Parentela Cabrera
We don't have a paid clergy because we minister to each other. The righteous men hold the priesthood and hold callings and serve as leaders of our church such as Bishop, teachers, priesthood and other auxiliary leaders, and many other capacities. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Delia Parentela Cabrera
Priesthood authority is given to the worthy male members of the church. Priesthood blessings are available to all - men, women and children. Women in the church are members and lead in organizations like Relief Society whose main objective is service and the spiritual growth of the individual; Primary organization which teaches children. And then there's the Young Women Organization which teaches the girls ages 12-18. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Delia Parentela Cabrera
Only worthy members can get a Temple Recommend. The Bishop and The Stake presidents give interviewa to the member, When found worthy, the recommend is given, The temple is the House of God and there is no secret going on inside. It is a place of worship and to make sacred covenants with God. It is a holy place where ordinances are done like endownment, baptism for the dead, sealing, etc. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Delia Parentela Cabrera
We believe in following the commandments. We were given a law called The Word Of Wisdom that prohibits us to drink coffee, tea and alcohol. Just like everything else, we are asked to use our judgment and eat in moderation. Our body is a temple and by following this commandment we honor our body. This law brings both temporal and spiritual blessings. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Delia Parentela Cabrera
Jeseph Smith was chosen of God to be His instrument in bringing forth "The Book Of Mormon" which is another testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. From that book came about the name Mormons. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Delia Parentela Cabrera
The gift of the Holy Ghost is the right to have the Holy Ghost and to be our companion. Having that privilege, He gives us joy and comfort when we need it. He can streghten our testimonies and guide us to the right path. He can teach us all things. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Delia Parentela Cabrera
We have 12 apostles, the way it was when Jesus Christ was on the earth. "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth." There was a time when this church was taken out of the earth. Joseph Smith was the prophet chosen of God to have this same church restored on the earth. Our church now is organized the exact same way, thus, the 12 apostles. Show more Show less