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Hi I'm Tina!

I am a Management and Training Consultant, a Teacher, a Blogger, a Wife and a Mother. I'm a Filipina, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am wife to a good and respectable man; Mom to five loving children; Born in the Philippines to wonderful parents and eldest of three siblings. I love to do the following: read books; write; listen to music; attend classes and go to school; Learn; Teach; Travel; and Cook. Happiness to me is being with my family and enjoying the simple things in life. I work as a Training and Management Consultant and as an Enterprise Development Consultant. Success to me is perfectly described by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Of the many things I am grateful for, the chance to try harder to become better everyday tops my list … I am also very grateful for everything that I have in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am glad that I am a Mormon, and I am proud that I am. I am a convert, and I became a member when I was 25 years old. When I was baptized, I already had my two daughters and I was pregnant with my third. I accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ which the missionaries shared to me because when I heard it, it just felt right. Of the many things the missionaries shared to me then, the promise that families can be together forever made me embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ more. I love my husband so much, and my children just as much, that thinking about forever or eternities without them is simply unimaginable. I also love my parents and my two sisters and I want to be with them forever. As years went on and as I studied the scriptures, prayed regularly, attended Sunday services, magnified my church callings, our lives changed for the better. I saw my husband in a better light. I understood better my role as a wife and as a mother. Knowing the truth has inspired me to try harder to become a better child to my parents, a better parent to my children, a better employee to my employers, and better neighbor. I tried harder to became a better teacher to my students, too, and it made me appreciate the teaching profession more. I saw it as a sacred responsibility, and so I took my teaching job very seriously. For all of these positive changes in myself and my family, I will always be grateful to the church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why am I a Mormon? Because I have found the truth; I am home. I am not perfect, but I am a work-in-progress.

How I live my faith

Every single day is a chance for me to apply what I have learned as a Latter Day Saint. There are days when I do well and then there are days when the struggle to do what is right seems to be very difficult. On those trying times what keeps me afloat is my family and my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I know He loves me and knows me very well, and will never leave me helpless, as long as I call upon Him for help. I try as much to live by this principle: "what you want, give". I value respect, and so I respect others. I want to be appreciated, and so I appreciate others. I want to be loved, and so I love with all my heart. I want others to be kind to me, and so I practice kindness every day with every one I meet. My faith has taught me to always do my best in everything, and so in my career, in my duties at home I try very hard to live my faith by putting what I believe in into everything that I do. I try everyday to help others, be it with the things that I write as a Blogger, with the things I teach as a Teacher, with my example as a Mother to my children, and as a neighbor. I am trying to develop Christlike attributes by doing volunteer work with my family. I am grateful that the Church has given me lots of opportunities to help others. I am a volunteer facilitator and teacher for the Career Workshop, a workshop that helps young people plan for their future careers. I'm also an active Helping Hands volunteer doing service to victims of calamities and other disasters.

What is being a Mormon like?

My life as a Mormon is amazing! I always tell people who are close to me that I will never be who I am today if not for my membership in the Church and for the Gospel that I now have in my life. I am not perfect, and I am still too far away from being perfect. But I am trying my best to become a better person every single day of my life. In the Church I discovered talents and skills that I did not know I have, and I was given a chance to improve on them through serving others. I am enjoying motherhood, and I value my relationship with my sweetheart. In my work I do my best as an employee. As colleague to my associates, I do my best to be an excellent team player. In a nutshell, my life as a Mormon is awesome! I love motherhood, I love being a wife, I love serving in the Church, and professionally, I try every single day to be an influence for good! Show more Show less