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Hi I'm Hazel

I'm a Filipina doctor who grew up in the Middle East and is now a mother of 3, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the Philippines, but grew up in the Middle East. At 8 years old, I was baptized in the Persian Gulf by my dad. As a teenager, I lived in Saudi Arabia, the United States, and then the Philippines where I stayed until I finished medical school. I am the mother to 3 beautiful children. I love softball, volleyball, kickboxing and skeet shooting. One of my favorite hobbies is digital scrapbooking and making family yearbooks of all our vacations and activities. I enjoy camping, hiking or playing at the beach with my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my parents were converts and I was raised a Mormon, but I choose to live by the Church's standards and teachings because doing so has been the only way I have found lasting peace in life. I have found that the happiness that the Lord promises us through clean and righteous living is enduring and substantial, and will stay with us through any trial or obstacle in life. I have also come to know that the Savior will never fail to lift us up when we sincerely seek Him and ask for His divine help. He knows us individually and loves us perfectly. I know of no other way to show my love for Him than to follow His teachings and seek to live as He would have me live.

How I live my faith

Since I was 18, I have served as a Sunday School teacher for the youth as well as the adults, as a ward Young Women's and Relief Society President, and in the ward and stake Primary presidencies. My favorite callings have been with the youth and children. I am currently serving in the Primary organization where I have the opportunity to teach children under 12 years old about the Savior and help them recognize His hand in their lives. We learn through stories, games and music. We read from the scriptures and learn from prophets, both ancient and modern. Outside of Church, I help at my kids' schools and foster friendships with families who are also facing similar challenges related to raising young children. It is comforting to know that we do not have to raise our children alone, but that we have each other to provide moral support and to help us find joy and humor in everyday child-rearing. At home, we hold Family Home Evenings which usually involve a song, a story with a gospel principle, an activity, and most importantly, a TREAT. As a family, we like to invite friends (members and nonmembers) to church activities and meetings as a way of sharing our joy in gospel living with those we care about.