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Hi I'm Rinna

I'm Filipina-American, wife to 1 and mother to 4. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wonderful husband and I are parents to 4 children, ages 9 months to 11 years old. They sure keep us busy and on our toes, but we love every minute! I was born and partly raised in the Philippines, lived and went to high school in the Bahamas, and then attended BYU-Provo where I studied Information Systems and met my now husband of almost 14 years. I am a multi-tasker and like to be busy! I love being a full-time mom to my kids, bad days included (because we all have them!). I like to learn just about anything and everything -- and then teach my kids. I started a Montessori home preschool years ago just so I could teach my kids at home. Today we are joined by a few others, and I am "Miss Rinna" to them. Every day you will also find me practicing photography skills on my kids - my camera is always within my reach. My baby has even learned to ignore the big camera that is constantly in his face! Occasionally, I design and build websites to keep up on technology, having worked professionally as a web designer/programmer for a short time before I had kids. As much as I love learning, I do not miss working outside of my home. I love being a mother and am so grateful that I am able to stay home with my children and raise them in the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert of 17 years. My dad, who found the Church in the Bahamas, referred us to the missionaries. He was baptized about a year before that and was elated that we agreed to meet with the missionaries. We took the discussions over a period of about two months. I remember feeling so excited to learn that families can be together forever. As a child I had always believed they had to be that way or God would not be God. I remember wanting and asking to know if all the things I was being taught were true. I also remember receiving an answer as distinct and clear as day. I was baptized with my mother and four other siblings. My youngest sister was only 6 at the time and didn't get baptized with the rest of us. We moved to the Bahamas two weeks after our baptism, and began attending a small branch in Nassau. I am proud to call the Nassau Branch my home, for it is there that our family grew and set our roots in the Gospel. I am a Mormon because I know that God lives, and that Jesus Christ is His Son - and that He made it possible for families to be together forever. I know we have a prophet today! I know that the Book of Mormon is true. If there was one book that I cannot imagine living without, it is the scriptures. I am so grateful that my husband and I have that help and guidance as we raise our kids in today's very confusing world. Once, I was asked by a well-meaning friend why I chose the "simple" life instead of the power-driven life that seemed so important before I joined the Church. The answer is simple- I chose to be a Mormon and continue to be one, because I know it is true. As I live the gospel and follow Jesus Christ, I feel the Spirit's confirming and reaffirming witness to me time and again, just as I prayed that first time, that it is all true and that it is truly the only way to live a life full of meaning and direction.

How I live my faith

Every day is different, and some days are busier than others, but the main things we do everyday are the same -- we start our day by reading scriptures together before school. We also hold family home evenings on Monday nights. We have family prayers and eat meals together daily, and attend church meetings each Sunday. As a mother I try to take advantage of the many small moments I have to teach my children about life and about Jesus Christ. Why do we do it? I truly believe it helps us live like our Savior Jesus Christ would have us live - these things may be the basics, but I know doing these things help me focus on what's really important. Not only is our family strengthened, but I know it helps me be a much better person. I consider it a great blessing and privilege to live like so. At church, I have served as teacher, leader, and currently as an organizer of women's events and activities. I am grateful for these opportunities I have to stretch and discover my strengths, talents, and weaknesses.