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Hi I'm Emil

I am a tissue engineering researcher and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Naturally as a Filipino, I love food and social gatherings. My dear mother taught me how to cook well and I enjoy using this skill to make people happy. I grew up in a family of artists, so I love to draw, take pictures, and make movies. I find people interesting, I believe there's a story each face tells in every portrait. To accurately express that message through a sketch or a photo is what brings satisfaction to me and my subject. My other hobbies include skateboarding and making music. Both are a big part of my life because they have served as an additional outlet and rest from difficult times. By nature, I am a truth seeker. I have applied the scientific process in both science and religion in search for truth. Both exist in harmony because they answer two different questions. As my biology Professor, Dr. Kooyman, would say, "Science answers the how and religion answers the why." Because my passion is in people, I am especially fascinated with the human mind. I graduated with a degree in Neuroscience and plan on continuing to medical school, in order to further my ability to help others.

Why I am a Mormon

I've have questioned the church, it's doctrine, it's culture, life itself, and even the existence of God many times. These doubts sparked from feeling different from the members, the example of members who don't really live what they believe, and when life was so hard I couldn't believe a loving God could be out there. When I was 17 I went through a particularly difficult in my life in which I was in the brink of leaving religion all together. I was angry, I was yelling at God and constantly asking Him why. One morning I hiked for several hours to give myself to think deeply about things. I reached the end where I sat on a hill overlooking the city. For the first time I heard words that I can actually feel. I guess that's what people call "the spirit." It told me of something that would happen in my life that I didn't want to happen. Strangely, the words came with comfort. The feeling was fleeting because I doubted, I assumed it was a thought my mind made up. Weeks days later, the prompting I had on that hill came true. That's when I started to really open my mind. I started to recognize coincidences in life I couldn't explain and realized how lucky I really am. I still had my wrestles with Heavenly Father, but I didn't question His existence ever since. Many of my life questions were answered solely through doctrine taught by the LDS church. I won't claim that I have all my questions answered already, but the restored Gospel has given me enough peace of mind to continue finding those answers through study, prayer, and living the best I know how. What I hold dear the most about LDS teachings is the principle of personal revelation. We believe that Heavenly Father not only exists, but loves us enough to provide us answers to our questions. The thing to remember is answers come in many different forms, you just have to open enough to recognize them. Thanks to personal revelation, my conditions for continuing my faith isn't based on others or my circumstances in life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through sacrifice. Growing up, I had so many ideals of what I would like my life to be like and how others view me. Many of which I would note, were good. I had everything planned out and I had the determination to accomplish them. A test of faith came when I received an answer to prayer in regards to what career I should pursue in life. A clear answer came, but the problem was it wasn't the answer I wanted to hear. I always though I was going to do something with visual arts, but I was prompted to pursue medicine. I did not see that coming. I knew being a doctor is going to be hard and it would require me to be in unfamiliar environments. But I know better than to turn away from what I know, so I obeyed the prompting. Fortunately, I wasn't left hanging, many things followed that confirmed the answer. What I learned in this experience is to give myself up. I live my faith by sacrificing my old self, my previous aspirations as well as my flaws, and to follow the path Heavenly Father has set out for me. Every step I take in this path of medicine, I am reminded of the demand for humanitarian aid everywhere. I realized that helping others change their lives is more important than creating my ideal life. In a society ever increasing in entitlement and concern for the self, I remind myself: When people see me, do they see my will or do they see God's will? Sacrifice is giving something up for something better. But the key is in trusting Heavenly Father that is, in fact, something better. There are more things about myself I need to give up or sacrifice. It is a continual trial and expression of my faith to sacrifice more and more of myself and progress toward being more Christ-like.