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Hi I'm Maria Karla Moana Ibuyan

I'm from one of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines and I'm a full-time missionary in the Arizona Mesa Mission. I'm a Mormon. :)

About Me

I graduated last March 2012 in Bachelor in Elementary Education Major in Special Education. i took up this course because i love kids so much and i also love teaching. i also enjoyed teaching special kids. they are just so sweet and you can feel how great they are to be sent here on earth to be special. they are truly valiant spirits in the premortal life. i am happy to work with them because they are my eternal friends. i also love watching movies, especially with my friends.i enjoyed listening to music. i play the guitar and piano. I love PINK! i love playing with kids. they are just so adorable. when i was little, i really want to serve a mission and when the right time came, i immediately applied for my mission even though i have the chance to have a good job after i finished my college. i am so honored and blessed to be the first missionary in the family and to be called in the Arizona Mesa Mission. and in addition to my call to share the gospel, i am also assigned to serve in the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitor's Center.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member because of my grandmother. She has shown me her example. i grow up in the church but it wasn't that easy because i also came to the point where i asked myself, "is this really the true church? is the Book of Mormon true? was Joseph Smith truly a prophet?". i had a lot of questions.. i keep hearing members that to know the church is true is to read the book of Mormon.. so i did!! i read the book of mormon from cover to cover and followed the counsel of Moroni to pray and ask God if it is true.. it was one night when i was alone in the house,. i prayed to my Heavenly Father vocally and sincerely hoping to get answer from Him if the book of Mormon is true.. after praying, i cant deny the peace and joy i felt in my heart and the warmth i felt that night.. I KNOW THAT THE BOOK OF MORMON IS TRUE! BECAUSE I KNOW IT IS TRUE, I CAME TO KNOW THAT THE CHURCH IS TRUE AND JOSEPH SMITH IS A TRUE PROPHET OF GOD. I KNOW THAT JESUS CHRIST IS OUR SAVIOR. i love the gospel so much. and i love sharing this gospel to everyone! :)

How I live my faith

i live my faith by doing simple things that will draw me closer to my Savior. by saying my prayers everyday, reading my scriptures, going to church, serving others,..these are just simple things but i know by these simple things, great things were and are brought to pass.. i am so happy that i was able to be taught by this gospel because if i wasn't i wouldn't enjoy all the blessings that i received from my loving Father in Heaven... I was a ward missionary in our ward and I love working with the missionaries. i think that is what i like most when i was preparing for my mission. i love sharing the gospel to others. i love bearing my testimony on how the gospel blesses my life. despite of all the challenges in life, there is always hope that everything will be fine because i know that God loves me. I also teach Primary before and I love it because I love kids so much. :)