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Hi I'm Yolanda

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents are pioneers--not the kind of pioneers we read about who crossed the plains and helped first establish the "Mormon" church, but a different kind. My mother, a catholic from the Philippines, and my father, a presbyterian from Holland, immigrated at different times to Canada. They met and married there and later met the missionaries while living in Hong Kong. They were the first in both of their families to ever join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My older sisters were sealed to them in the temple in Washington D.C., and I was the first child born into the Mormon faith. Now, I'm the wife of a good husband, and the mother of two brilliant and rambunctious boys, and one beautiful and extremely smiley girl.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I was born after my parents joined the church, I learned the principles of the gospel from an early age. One by one, I've put these principles to the test by trying my best to obey the things I was taught. I've had several little experiences that have helped me to know that the things my parents believed and taught me, I also believe to be true. I've read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if the stories in it really happened. I felt that the prophets I read about in the Book of Mormon were just like the prophets in the Bible, and just like the prophets who are alive today. I knew that "Jesus Christ [really is] the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever," (Hebrews 13:8). Many times now, I've had little experiences that have helped me to know that Heavenly Father hears me when I'm praying. It took me a long time to recognize the answers, but as I've continued to pray, expecting He would answer me, I've slowly begun to recognize the different ways He actually is answering my prayers. Sometimes it has been with a brand new thought that enters my head, or answers have come in the form of service from another person. Often, I've received confirmation that a decision I made is approved of by God AFTER I've just moved forward with the decision. The most convincing "evidence" I can really give that I know the gospel of this church is true, is not really evidence at all since it cannot really be observed with the physical senses. But I can offer MY WORD that EVERY TIME I've listened to or read the words of the prophets and apostles who are alive today, and EVERY TIME I've attended a baptism into this church, and EVERY TIME I've attended a testimony meeting for this church, I have felt a STRONG, GOOD feeling--as if the Holy Spirit is speaking to my spirit, telling me that the things I'm hearing are TRUE!

How I live my faith

I am a visiting teacher, and was just asked to lead the branch choir. Together with my little family, I try to share a little about what I believe with friends and acquaintances in hopes that if they want to learn more, they will want to meet with the missionaries.