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Hi I'm Anatess

I'm Filipino, a programmer, wife, and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the beautiful island of Cebu, Philippines. I started programming when I was 11 years old and I've been a programmer ever since. I migrated to the USA when I was 21 to take advantage of the latest technology that was not available in the Philippines at that time. I am currently one semester away from completing my Masters Degree in Systems Engineering. I'm a wife to the greatest husband on the planet and mother of 2 beautiful boys. It is sometimes tough to juggle things around with a full-time career, school, and 2 active children, but I get a lot of support from my husband. I love reading about people and places. I especially like reading about fictional worlds like Star Wars or alternate realities like the X-men. My family are movie-buffs - we're big on 3D movies and midnight opening shows. Our favorite this year is How to Train Your Dragon. But most of all, I love to sing karaoke! I haven't caused the chandelier to fall yet, so I do ok, I guess.

Why I am a Mormon

I met this dashing young man who is a Mormon. I was a Roman Catholic. We got married but we agreed that we are going to respect each other's religious beliefs. He started going to my church and I would sometimes go to his. I thought he would convert to my church because he was going there every week in addition to going to his. But, after a few years, I asked him, "Are you ready to be Catholic?" And he said, "I'm sorry, I like your church, but I will always be a Mormon.". So I asked him, "Why? Do you think we're going to hell?" and he answered, "No, Mormons have a bigger chance of going to hell." I was very surprised by that answer. So, I started researching the Mormon church and paying more attention. I came to find out that Mormons believe in making covenants. I started to understand that what my husband meant was - you are judged according to your understanding and the promises you make along the way. I started to see that my husband believes that although other churches teach truths about the gospel of Christ, the Mormon church has the complete truth, therefore, members of the Mormon church have the opportunity for complete understanding. I started to see what he was talking about. Until one day, I fell to my knees and asked God to help me understand. I've always been skeptical of "spiritual experiences" of other people. I've had several spiritual experiences during the course of my life and it's always not the "grand miracle" a lot of people tell me about. It's more of a quiet peace that comes to me when I feel His Spirit. This spiritual experience is the same. I felt the voice of the Spirit and I saw how my life experiences has led me to this point. So that, it wasn't that I was going the "wrong way" while being a Catholic. It was more of a preparation for the complete gospel. Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little. That's my journey. And I am very grateful to the Lord for knowing that that's how I learn and guiding me along that path. Slowly but surely. I still have a lot to learn but I am more than willing to take up that cross and follow Him.

How I live my faith

It is definitely a life changing event being a Mormon. Church is not just a Sunday thing. Church is basically your life. The promises you make affects the way you live. My children go to Scouts with the rest of the boys their age in our ward. The scouting program is wonderful! My husband is the scout leader for the 11-year-old scouts. I teach the children of our ward at Sunday School. I used to organize activities for the ward and that was really fun too. I love parties! I did that for 4 years but now it's time for something else. Teaching the gospel to children is a really great experience - it also helps me learn the gospel. I don't really choose what "job" I'm going to do for the church. The church leadership, with a lot of prayer, tells me where I'm needed. Being a convert to the church, a lot of times I do not know what to do or how to do the things I'm called to do. But I have felt the hand of God when I prepare for a calling. I have since realized that these callings help me grow in the gospel and as a person as much as it helps the people I'm working with. It is something more precious than a paycheck for a job done and I'm glad to do it without financial reward. What I really love about the church is their focus on the family unit. Strong families build strong communities. We spend at least one night a week that our family spends together doing family activities. Our schedules sometimes get crazy with soccer practice, music lessons, scouting, school activities, work obligations, etc. It is an important event for the entire family to sit down one night a week and just spend time together - having dinner, playing games, going to a movie, catching up with what's going on in each other's lives, learning about the gospel together, and just relaxing in each other's company. It's a tradition that we expect to carry on when the kids are in their teen-age years and maybe off to college somewhere. Even if we have to hold our family nights over the video feed of the computer!

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Oh no. Mormons help everybody. Sometimes it is difficult to help others who do not understand us because they oftentimes think we're only helping them so they will start going to our church. This is really not the case. For example, we have a cannery that we use to preserve food. Mormons learn to prepare for emergencies and food storage is one way to do that. We get hurricanes in our area and sometimes the grocery stores get wiped out or the roads become unpassable and the electricity is down for days. Having canned food in our pantry will help us through this time. The cannery is open to everybody - not only to Mormons. But, sometimes, it is difficult to convince people to use it because they think if they start using the cannery we will proselyte to them there or that we will start to pressure them to go to our church. It is TRULY open for everybody - no strings attached. It would be great if people would go and use it to prepare their own families for emergencies. Show more Show less