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Hi I'm Carlo Jalla

Born in the Philippines. Grew up in Illinois. Serving in California. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am the youngest of three in a part-member family. I love to relax and read under the sun, but I also love to be active! I enjoy playing any sport or activity but I especially love the disciplined arts of boxing, jiu-jitsu, and muay thai. Oh, and I absolutely love playing tennis! I worked in retail and in the medical field and find joy in helping people!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Catholic faith and although not completely devout, many of the practices and teachings therein caused me to think very deeply about the nature of God and our purpose here on earth. As I grew older the questions of "where did I come from? why am I here? and where am I going?" sunk deeply into my mind and heart as I yearned for the answers. It was in the autumn of 2000 that my dear Uncle Edgar battled against cancer. My family drove to Canada to be close to him and his family in hesitant anticipation of the inevitable or to share in a miraculous recovery. At that time I knew very little about the Mormon religion except for earlier visits by missionaries, all in varying times and locations in my childhood. However, unbeknownst to me, my dear uncle's final wish was that his nephews and nieces would come to know of the truthfulness and divinity of what he knew to be true and loved with all his heart. As he fought most valiantly against cancer, I began to take the missionary lessons along with my two siblings and two cousins. In times of fleeting hope and uncertainty there shone a beacon of marvelous light and happiness through coming to know about the Plan of Salvation. Families are for eternity and that brought me great comfort. The questions that I had for years began to unravel as I sat and listened to what these missionaries had to teach me. The day came when all five of us that were being taught agreed to be baptized, unfortunately so did the news that my dear uncle Edgar had passed away. I remember entering the waters of baptism with the thought that he was looking down upon us with big smile on his face. His wish was granted and on August 26 2000 I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It has been fourteen years since that day. The boy who had all these questions and received them by the Holy Ghost through God's chosen messengers is now prepared to do the same for those that are earnestly seeking.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday, and strive to diligently follow the commandments. I have served as a Branch Mission Leader, a Branch Missionary, and a teacher for the Young Single Adults Branch where I currently reside. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord for the next two years in the California Fresno Mission.