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Hi I'm Jozel Rodriguez

I have a love of music, I'm a full-time college student, I have a passion for science, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a Filipino-American background. I am the eldest of two siblings, but I also have two older half-brothers. My mom is a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and my father is a devout Catholic. Because of the love he had for my mother and for us, his children, and through the example of my mother's Latter-Day Saint friends, my dad allowed my mother to raise my siblings and I in the LDS church. I am currently a third-year college student studying Biology. I have a love of music and though I do not play any instruments, I do love to sing. I have developed an interest in writing, reading, and I meeting new people. I love learning about different cultures and their history especially my asian heritage. I enjoy people, and I have a deep love for my fellow men, and the Savior, which is why I am serving a formal full-time mission.

Why I am a Mormon

My beginning of college marked a period of independence, a time where I realized I needed to truly know whether what I had learned in the church from attending with my mother was true. The answer came in taking a step back and observing the changes and many blessings that have come to my family and I. There is an added Spirit felt in our home, and increased unity. In no other way have I felt happier, and assured with the direction I am going in. It has taught me about my divine heritage and who I really am a daughter of God, who is loved by Him and precious to Him. It has increased my faith in His plan of eternal families and eternal progression knowing that families are central to that plan. Because families are at the core, they are crucially important which is why I know every family is important to our Heavenly Father, and I know He does all He can to help families. The restored gospel has led me to continual conversion by living gospel standards, and has given me something that I can cling onto with assurance because it has what many things today lack which are solidity and consistency. My relationship with Heavenly Father has been deepened. His love, direction, comfort, and presence has been felt when I needed Him the most. I have come to know of His tender mercies and know that He knows us more than we know ourselves, and that when we do say prayers there is in fact a divine ear listening. I have come to know Christ as my Savior, and have been healed through Him. The power of repentance is real and is available to those who desire and are willing to change, and progress. Being a member of this church has molded my character. I know my potential and worth. By coming to know Him I have a stronger desire to follow His example, by showing kindness and mercy to those around me just as He does with me. He prays for our faith to be strengthened, and never gives up on us, and so we should never give up on or lose faith in any of His children.

How I live my faith

It has been said that truth of the gospel can and is manifested in the manner by which we live it. What we do, and say says a lot about who we are. My siblings and I make every extra effort to live the gospel the way we are taught to set a good example for our father, that through us he may truly see the goodness and happiness the gospel brings. Our influence is at times underestimated, but the power of a righteous example is great. As I am still adjusting to college life and the transition, I take part in church, church activities, and help plan and carry them out. I serve in leading, teaching, and learning from the young single adults in my area, particularly the women my age, about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for this calling because it has taught me how to put the needs of others before my own as an instrument in His hands-I learn through their example and testimonies and thus, we are strengthened, faith is built, and service is fostered.