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Hi I'm Dillon

I am a Catholic raised Filipino-American. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 31 year-old father of four children. My wife and I were high school sweethearts. My mother is Filipino and my father is Hawaiian-Filipino and I was raised as a Catholic. Neither of my parents were too keen to my conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their apprehension was due to their limited knowledge of the religion and its teachings. In time they have seen the fruits of my conversion and now understand that my faith in Jesus Christ is the root of my happiness. I faithfully and diligently served in the US Army as a Sergeant and via my military service was able to attend and graduate from Brigham Young Univeristy (BYU). While investigating the church, I attended BYU-Hawaii incognito, as a non-member of the church, to get a first hand glimps of the Mormon culture before eventually being baptized in the ocean.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't looking for religion, but simply a way to escape my Army Basic Training drill sergeants. This was how I began investigating The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was thousands of miles away from home and the only reprieve from the physical and emotional demands of Basic Training were the various church services soldiers in training were allowed to attend outside of the military installations. Initially, I would visit churches of any denomination to escape, many times multiple churches in a single Sunday, that is until one Sunday I visited an LDS ward and met with the missionaries for the first time. Immediately I felt an assurance that the things I was being taught about the nature of God and the purpose of his servants were true. These feelings were a personal gift to me by a true and loving Heavenly Father. I know that He wants me to return to him. I wasn’t looking for religion, but what I found and eventually embraced has given me a perspective of who I am, why I'm here and what I’m destined for. The religion that began as a momentary escape is now the guide with which navagate the daily physical, emotional and spiritual demands of this life.

How I live my faith

To me the perfect example of the love that our Heavenly Father has for us is the experience we are able to have as parents. The best way I feel I can live my faith is to follow the example of my Heavenly Father as I lead my family. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints puts a high emphasis on families. Similar to our Father In Heaven, there is nothing that I wouldn't do for my children. My wife and I instruct our children how to communicate with our Heavenly Father through prayer, instruct them how to discern the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and read daily from the scriptures so that they can have a perspective of the world beyond the distractions of mundane or frivilous. The love I feel for my family has helped me better understand the atonement of Jesus Christ, the need for modern-day prophets, and the absolute need for scriptures that accurately illustrate the true nature of God as is written in the Book of Mormon. My wife and I try to be examples of honesty and charity, not only with our children, but with all those we come in contact with. Our Heavenly Father wants us to live good, honest lives, and eventually return to live with Him. These too are my wishes for my family.