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Hi I'm Jamie Panganiban

I'm a dreamer. I'm a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student looking to fulfill my dreams. I work full-time training teachers. I enjoy reading, climbing, pretty much any sport, and being with good people. I like being outdoors, especially when I'm rock climbing. I spent two years in Japan as a missionary. I love learning about how to be genuinely happy. My ultimate goal in life is to make a difference for good in the world by being a devoted husband, father, and disciple of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Jesus Christ is everything to me. It is only in Him that I have hope, peace, joy, and strength. Although I fall short of His perfection each day, as I daily strive to follow Him, I feel His love and mercy fill me with strength to keep trying. I have an undying testimony that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and not only the Savior of the world, but also my individual Savior and Redeemer. I know that He lives today and that He loves us. This testimony has come to me through the Holy Ghost as I have learned of Jesus and His teachings in the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that it contains the fullness of the gospel and testifies of Christ as the Savior of mankind. Through the Holy Ghost I have also gained a witness that the gospel of Christ, accompanied by the priesthood authority needed to administer it, was restored in its fullness through the prophet Joseph Smith. It is this testimony that sustains me in my daily life. Because of it, I know that I am able to overcome any weakness, challenge, or setback. It is in this testimony which I have peace and hope about the future. Through the power of the Priesthood restored through Joseph Smith, I know that we can be bound to those we love most, not just "till death do you part," but for all eternity. The power to seal family relationships that transcend death is truly one, if not the crowning blessing of the restored gospel. I rejoice in a God that allows me and all those that embrace His gospel to have such an incredible gift.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by improving as person every day. It has been through the seemingly small things--studying the scriptures, speaking with God through prayer, and trying to be kind to people--done every day over an extended period of time that has brought true closeness to my Heavenly Father and my Savior. One of the most beautiful doctrines of the restored gospel is that we have the potential to become like God through the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ. I don't believe that will happen in this life, but I love knowing that as I try to follow Christ's example every day of my life, I can make incremental, concerted steps to becoming like Him. In fact, when I was baptized and became a member of this church, I made a promise to God that I would always remember my Savior and try to be His disciple through keeping His commandments for the rest of my life. Some of the most depressing times in my life are when I fail to keep that promise. But the beauty of the gospel is that every time I have fallen, I've been able to rely on the "merits and mercy of the Holy Messiah," access His power to change, and leave my mistakes, along with all the regret and pain that accompanied them, in the past. This gift--the opportunity to change and try again--has given me countless opportunities to experience the love of Christ for me personally. Feeling that love gives me daily motivation to continue trying, even when life gets hard. I feel as if I can sing, with true sincerity, "I believe in Christ; so come what may."