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Hi I'm Riz

I'm a nurse, a health care IT consultant, a scouter, a husband, a father, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and a father of two wonderful children. I was born in the Philippines and grew up in a suburb of Chicago. A four year stint with the Marines led to my relocation to Southern California, where I've lived for over twenty years. I'm now a registered nurse and make my living as a Healthcare IT Consultant. In my spare time, I love to go bicycling, surfing, shooting, camping, fishing, and practically anything else that allows me to enjoy the great outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

In middle school, I spent a lot of time in my best friend's home. He was a Mormon, but I never considered that it was the reason why I was so drawn to his family. They moved away, but I never lost contact with him. Many years later, I joined the Marines and was sent to aviation electronics training after boot camp. I felt that I was leading a productive and relatively content life during this time. However, I still had a lingering feeling that something was missing. I became good friends with another Marine doing the same training, and it didn't take long for me to realize that he was a Mormon. On a long road trip to visit my family, and on other occasions after that, we had some great discussions about religion and the LDS Church. We went to different bases for our advanced training, but ended up at the same duty station. My friend began to invite me to activities, to church, and eventually to meet with LDS missionaries. After many discussions, hours of scripture reading, and a lot of fasting and prayer, I came to know why I felt so comfortable in my boyhood friend's home, and why I was so drawn to members of the Church. I made the decision to be baptized and become a member of the Church; a decision that I have never regretted, and one for which I have thanked God every day since. Why am I a Mormon? Because I know that those who sincerely seek the same knowledge I sought, with a heart open to the Holy Spirit, cannot help but come to the same conclusions: That the Book of Mormon is holy scripture that supports the Bible to testify of Jesus Christ; that He suffered and died for our sins; that He was resurrected; that He still lives; that the church He created during his first ministry was changed by man; that the authority to govern that church disappeared with the death of the last of His disciples; and that He, through latter-day prophets, re-established the Church and returned to Man the authority to govern it and minister to Heavenly Father's children.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to be a good husband, father, and provider and striving to be obedient to Heavenly Father. I live my faith by accepting assignments to help advance the work of the Church and to serve my fellow church members, and my community, in various capacities. One responsibility I have been given is to serve as an advisor and Boy Scout leader to the 12-13 year old boys in my congregation. I can think of few things better than to help, even in a small way, to mold the future leaders of our communities and my Church. This assignment is of special relevance to me because it allows me to work with and serve with my own son. I also live my faith by doing my best to follow the Savior's "greatest Commandments" to love the Lord with all my heart, mind, and soul and to love my neighbor as myself (Matthew 22:37-39).

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Mormons believe that with the proper Priesthood authority, what is bound on Earth can be bound for time and all eternity. Therefore, Mormons do believe that families can be together in Heaven. Show more Show less