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Hi I'm Dino

I'm from the Philippines. I'm an artist and animator. I'm LDS.

About Me

I love music, particularly Jazz and Classical, but I also listen to some New wave and New age. Songs of the 80's for me are really nice. I love watching Sci-fi movies. I do some sports for fun such as swimming and basketball. But what I really want to do if I have the means is archery. I also love watching Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and History Channel. I am greatly interested in anything scientific. I enjoy researching scholastic approach to understanding ancient scriptures such as the Book of Mormon, and the Bible. Archaeology is of great interest to me especially about findings that support Book of Mormon claims. I am currently our Branch Mission Leader and I especially enjoy teaching in the Gospel Principles class. I so love and care for investigators, new members and members who are coming back to Church after being inactive. I also taught courses in Institute of Religion. I'm a dad of two boys. But above all these, the gospel is at the center of all my interests. It is my goal to continually deepen my love for my fellowmen, and increase in wisdom and knowledge by diligently reading and studying the scriptures, and acting upon the principles learned with genuineness.

Why I am a Mormon

20 years ago our family moved to a 3-door apartment where the missionaries of the church also reside. They occupy the 1st unit and we are in the 2nd. Several months after I invited them to teach me about the church. Honestly, even though it took 6 months teaching me, I only partly understand the lessons they taught. What really converted me to the church is the Book of Mormon. I read it from cover to cover. When I got to Moroni 10:3-5 I was struck by the challenge! "Ask God?" So I did. I knelt down on my bedside and started praying. I specifically asked, " Heavenly Father, is this the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints the true Church as the missionaries claim? Is this book I have before me Thy book?" Before I could finish my prayer, the Lord answered. so clear was the response that I immediately ran downstairs to the missionaries apartment. It was past 10 in the evening and they were probably already asleep. when they opened I exclaimed, "I want to go on a mission!" I know deep in my heart that God did answer my prayer that night, there was not even room to fight it within me. I just knew the Church is true. I have not the slightest doubt that it's true! I was 24 when I was baptized into the church. A year after that I served a mission. I continue being a LDS because of 3 reasons: 1) I constantly receive inspiration from Father in Heaven affirming that this is the true Church of Christ. 2) My love for researching scholarly approach to understanding ancient scripture and doctrine confirms my personal feelings and interpretations. 3) Attacks to the church by anti-Mormon literature and materials only strengthened me and helped me appreciate the simplicity of the gospel of this church even more. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true and living Church upon the face of the earth. I know this Church is governed by Christ Himself through His modern day living prophet, Thomas S. Monson.

How I live my faith

My family and my faith are of the utmost priority to me. I serve my Father in Heaven by working hard for my family, that by so doing I may raise my children as good citizens of the community. I never turned down a calling (official church duty/responsibility) in the Church because to me the hardest thing to do in the Church is to not have a calling. I am just so glad our branch president assigned me to teach in the Gospel Principles Class also. I think this my most favorite of all Church duties because I get to meet investigators (not members of the LDS Church) first and teach them the basics of the gospel. I have a special and unique ability in teaching that I know investigators and new members alike enjoy so much. I make sure that each lesson was fully enjoyed. As an assigned home teacher I have developed a deep love for those whom we visit, especially when we see their dire circumstances. I learn from their patience and humility. The Church has taught me and my family to be good neighbor to others. We can sense that our neighbors feel at peace knowing that a house next or close to them is home to a goodly Christian family. Every once in a while I get to be invited by our community leader, known as the Barangay Captain, to give a talk or a lesson as part of the Barangay Officials' Monthly Moral Recovery Program--a great opportunity for me to let them know in a not so preachy way about our beliefs and who we are as Latter-Day Saints living in the community. I know that by practicing what I preach I am keeping the faith.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Missionaries will show you the beauty of the true gospel of Jesus Christ in its simplest form. No sensationalism, no extravagance, no exaggerations. Just simple truths of the good news about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The importance of family and how to help them make Jesus Christ and His atonement become central in their lives. Show more Show less