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Hi I'm Levin

I'm Filipino, I like food, folk dance and French and I love being a MORMON!!!!!

About Me

I grew up in Makati City, Philippines and lived there until 2006 when my family moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where we still live. I am "panganay," or the oldest, of one brother and two sisters. My family is still firmly rooted in our native Filipino culture. Tagalog is spoken at home, Filipino food is often on the table, and the traditional values of respect, devotion to God and family, knowledge, hard work are highly prized in our humble home. My parents instilled in me a high and clear vision of what we could become, and they taught us during our formative years to aim--and work--for the best. My parents provided me with both structure and freedom: they established high expectations but they allowed me to do what I desired. And so I explored a variety of interests in folk dance, nutrition and the French language. Being able to develop my abilities has been a tremendous blessing in my life because it increased my self-confidence and it brought me closer to my Father in Heaven from whom all these abilities come from. I believe each person in this world is a child of Heavenly Father endowed with great talents and abilities, and we are to use them not only for our benefit, but also for the benefit of others around us. I know that it is through the Atonement that we can improve everyday. The Atonement affords us unlimited opportunities to change and become a better person so that we can find success, as our Father had always intended.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this Church is true. However, this knowledge did not come to me at a single event in my life. During my formative years, my parents took me to church so that I could learn the gospel. At home, they always reinforced its teachings so that we could apply them. I have always believed that the Church was true, but it was not really until I read and prayed about the Book of Mormon that this strong belief solidified into a testimony. It is for this reason that I hold that book dear to my heart. My testimony of the Book of Mormon holds my belief together by giving me assurance that the work in which I am engaged was not created by a con-man who wanted nothing but to deceive people. If someone took away the Church from my life and all of the events in it that it had affected, then my entire life would be erased. I am what I am right now because of the gospel that is woven into every aspect of my life. The gospel gives me joy, hope, peace, love, and a true sense of belonging to an eternal family. The gospel helped me make it through my most difficult times, of which I have already had a good share. I am pleased to be able to share that knowledge to the people San Francisco and Oakland.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday and I also participate in the activities of my ward (local church unit). I also enjoy going to the temple and worshiping there. I read my scriptures and say my prayers daily. I find them to be a significant source of strength throughout the day. I also do home teaching, where I team up with a companion to visit assigned people and look out for them. This is so that they do not feel alone and that their needs are met. I am also eager to share the Gospel whenever the opportunity arises. I am currently a missionary for my church in the California Oakland/San Francisco Mission. There are so many ups and down but it's one the best experiences I've ever had! As a full-time missionary, I preach the gospel that I know and love to people who, I hope, will accept it and find a greater measure of happiness in their lives.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Levin
A "testimony" is a sure witness of truth, and in this context, the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We gain a testimony after a sincere search for truth, which includes asking questions, reading the scriptures and other trustworthy sources, applying the principles, etc. When we find this truth, it is then confirmed by the Holy Ghost. A testimony, however, is often compared to plant that must be cared of continually so that it will not die. A strong testimony is unyielding, and it serves as an anchor for when our beliefs are challenged. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Levin
After the death of Christ's Apostles, proper priesthood authority was lost on this earth and people fell away from the truth. As a result, some "plain and precious things" were taken out of the gospel, resulting in a loss of some important ordinances and doctrines, even from the Bible. The Restoration was necessary because it brought back (or, restored) those lost plain and precious things, particularly the proper priesthood authority needed to act in God's name. The Restoration began with the Joseph Smith's First Vision, where he saw the Father and the Son who then gave him a charge to reorganize the true church of God here on earth. Show more Show less

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

Levin
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is composed of the Lord's suffering in Gethsemane, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. When we sin, we become unworthy to be with our Heavenly Father. So Heavenly Father sent His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to answer to the demands of justice (that a price be paid for our sins) so the He could extend His arm of mercy to us, allowing us to come back to Him. Jesus Christ paid that hefty price for all of us so that we would not have to suffer as He did. The Atonement acts in a way that we could be cleansed of our sins so that we could begin anew when we make even the biggest mistakes. It also turns our weaknesses into strengths to help us overcome our most difficult trials and also to have eternal progression. Without the Atonement, we would not be able to come back to our Heavenly Father, whose will for us is the contrary. The Atonement provides meaning to this earthly life and gives us all something to look forward to. Show more Show less