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Hi I'm Rudi.

I'm a wife and mom. I'm half-Filipino. I'm a Yooper. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan, so I can proudly say that I am a "Yooper." My dad is from the Philippines and was baptized there as a child by one of the first Mormon missionaries to ever proselyte in that country. He met my mom while touring the US in a rock-and-roll band. My mom is not a member of the church, but my dad took my younger sister and I to church, so we were raised in it. I'm married to a wonderful man, who was born in my hometown and also grew up in Michigan. We have two children and are expecting our third soon. I graduated from college with a degree in Family Studies and Communication. I'm currently a stay-at-home-mom and I absolutely love being with my children every day.

Why I am a Mormon

As most Mormons will tell you, even though I was raised in the church, I had to gain a testimony of it myself. There are not a lot of Mormons where I grew up, but when I was a teenager, several families moved to my area and I was blessed to go to church with nine other young women my age. It is because of their example and friendship that I desired to have a personal relationship with Christ and be obedient to His commandments. The church has wonderful programs for the youth that strengthened my testimony and helped me understand my divine worth as a daughter of God. Now, as an adult, my husband and I find great joy in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and we want to share that joy with our children. I have tested out the Mormon church's teachings and as a result my life has been blessed. Our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, once spoke about how God is in the details of our lives. As I think about the people I've known and the lessons they have taught me at different points in my life, I feel so strongly like God has been in the details of my life. I'm so grateful for Him and the knowledge I have because of my membership in this church.

How I live my faith

I currently organize compassionate service outreach for individuals and families in my ward. If a family who has, for example, a new baby, or a death in the family, or an extended illness, I help organize meals, babysitting, funerals, and other needs that help families during times of stress or transition. Previous to that, I served in the nursery for the last two hours of church, teaching and playing with children ages 18-months to 3-years old.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

 I have met so many different kinds of women in the church. I've known women who are university professors, business owners, presidents of companies, lawyers, and physicians. Some are married, some are divorced, others have never married. Some have children, some have step-children, some have never had children but still mother the children in their lives. Some work outside of the home and some don't.  I think that there is a stereotypical Mormon woman a stay-at-home mom and wife. And while many women, of all different backgrounds, do choose to stay at home with their children if they do have families, that is certainly not the only kind of Mormon woman out there. Though Mormon women do still struggle with a lot of things most women struggle with self-esteem, body image, etc., in my experience, Mormon women are generally confident and positive people. I believe this is due to the Mormon church's teachings about women and our relationship with God and with men. We are taught, as girls and as teenagers, that our worth is not based on physical appearance or popularity or material things we are inherently worthy of love and happiness because we are the daughters of a loving and kind Heavenly Father. Mormons do believe in the equality of men and women. We believe that men and women compliment each other and need each other to progress and reach our greatest potential in life. Show more Show less