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Hi I'm Geroul

I'm definitely "one of them", and proud of it.

About Me

I was born in Brooklyn, New York to Filipino parents. I've lived in Brooklyn until just before I started High School, from which I moved down to Kissimmee, Florida. I love to play and watch soccer and am a die-hard Arsenal Fan (COYG!). I am a certified Lifeguard Instructor and Water Safety Instructor. I love trying new things, and have recently been fascinated with Latin and Ballroom Dancing! I am currently a student at the University of Central Florida, having previously attended the University of South Florida (though Brigham Young University will forever be in my heart). I'm proud of my faith, and am perfectly comfortable with socializing and networking with those of different faiths or those with none at all.

Why I am a Mormon

People say that most who affiliate with a certain religion get it only because it is the religion of their family, and has been for several generations. In my case, it's kind of like that, but with a twist. I was born in a part member family, of which my mother was baptized and converted when she was 16 along with the rest of my mothers' immediate family. My father however, was not a member of the church, being from a typical Catholic-Filipino family. When I was born, both were working endlessly at their respective professions, leaving me at the care of my grandmother on my mothers' side, to teach me and raise me in the Gospel. It was my grandmother who planted the seed for a successive chain of events to occur shortly thereafter. Growing up in a part-member family with an in-law resident was not the easiest, but my father supported my sister and I in regularly attending church meetings, as he knew the church had a very good moral value, and was impressed by the emphasis on the family. It was this initial interest and impression that prompted him to take lessons from the missionaries, and would, in time, get baptized into the church. Though I've grown up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it wasn't until I saw the dramatic change in my Father after his baptism that showed me the power and truthfulness that was found in the church. I had always known all my life, but was stubborn to admit it, and it was his desire to be a better individual, and to be with my family again in the eternities that has touched me so much. I am greatly moved by my fathers testimony and his example, and am driven by the knowledge that our lives have a purpose. A purpose to grow and to be the best that we are destined to be. I am so thankful for the blessing I have to have been born into the church by some means, to be taught and understand the wonderful doctrine found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon provides me, and to know the purpose I have to be here today.

How I live my faith

President Monson once said: "The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility." I live my faith by being the kind of man that Heavenly Father would want me to be, as best as I can. I am, by no means close to being that individual, but I strive to get there soon enough. In times of challenges and tribulations, I know that those experiences are there to test me, and allow me to learn and grow. It provides a sense of comfort in knowing that all I do has some purpose in the eternal perspective, and I strive to live by that Faith. I also attempt to immerse myself in groups and networks that have multiple people of different viewpoints on theology, in an effort to be "that light unto the world" and to show that, despite the difference in religious understandings, that we are all brothers and sisters of our Heavenly Father, and thus should show love and compassion to one another.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Geroul
In the times of the Old Testament, ritualistic sacrifices were done, in order to appease and gratify God for the blessings bestowed upon the Israelites, along with compensation for any of their shortcomings. The introduction of the Savior and the Atonement allowed the ceasing of such practices. Much like the sacrifices of the Old Testament, the Atonement emulated the gesture with the ultimate offering of all, the Only Begotten Son of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ. Because Jesus Christ was the chosen Savior for mankind, it took a perfect individual, such as himself, to adequately atone for the world. It was part of God's plan, and Jesus Christ knew that it would ultimately take his life to do the job. But like us, even Jesus Christ did not know the magnitude of the event that he was about to go through upon entering the Garden of Gethsemane. Trying to imagine every moment of pain, frustration, sadness, guilt, anger, and depression in your individual life, along with everyone else's who have ever lived, and will live, is impossible. And then attempting to quantify and compile all that pain into one enduring ordeal is unimaginable. So much, that Jesus Christ himself was crying out for relief. His infinite love for us was shown in his endurance through his detrimental ordeal, and he then finished what would be, in my opinion, the most important step in God's plan. It is because of this that our shortcomings can be forgiven and we can return to live our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Geroul
The foundation of the church is rooted upon Jesus Christ and his example. His life was wholly devoted to loving one another. His love was not projected towards the Jews or the Gentiles alone. This example is magnified by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in the sense that the church's vast charity work and missionary work is extended to every corner on the globe, most of which are not members of the church. Show more Show less