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Hi I'm Jj Bassig

I grew up in Manila. I am an Electronics Engineer, a brother, a husband and a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am music composer, arranger and lover, table tennis player, an adventure loving person. I am a student of Mathematics. I am a father of two sweet kids, a husband of a charming mother. I have completed my bachelor's degree and working on pursuing higher education.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converts to the Church prior my birth. I was born, raised and trained as a "Mormon", through their guiding hands. But of course, I had to put my faith in to the test. It is my character to dissent and defy and justify principles introduced to me. But after many prayers, endured trials, painful chastisements, harsh scoldings, endless readings, and healthy discussions, I came to the conclusion that, to know about God, I must inquire of God. To verify teachings, I must practice them first. Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, I was able to approach the boundary where I can say to myself that the Lord has confirmed to me, in words inexplicable and too sacred to discuss, that the path I was lead to was correct. While religion, whether mine or other's, does not shield us from physical, spiritual, emotional and other infirmities, it is the "true doctrine, understood" that changed me from the "natural man" that I am, which we understood to be an "enemy to God", to be a child of God who has sent me here.

How I live my faith

I have been serving with the Young Men's organization for more than 10 years already. I have held several church assignments already which makes me avail leadership training and skills from people of various profession and background. I have completed my church mission up in Region I area (North Eastern Philippines) and I am striving to keep strong ties with the people I met there. Usually, I wanted to serve when I am most needed, and I personally do not wish to be recognized or acknowledged. I play the piano for the congregation happily when no one is available to play (but when someone is around, I encourage him to do so, because I improved my piano playing skills through repetitions). I love meeting new people and share interests. I am fun loving person, so often I laugh out loud.

What is being a Mormon like?

Jj Bassig
Its amazing! You get to live a life full of excitement! You live by rules which, when followed, improves your life; when ignored, you get to learn painfully. You get to appreciate the value of family, of family relationships, and also of sharing your beliefs to your friends. You get to know our Heavenly Father by abiding His precepts. You get to have a personal relationship with Him by praying, reading scriptures and looking after all His sons and daughters as your brothers and sisters. You find pleasure in respecting different beliefs, serving others and doing good to all men. You get to know Prophets who are imperfect beings made instruments under the Lord's hands. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jj Bassig
We were taught about the importance of self-reliance such as storing up necessities good for a year. I used to believe that this is for our own benefit in time of need. But I came to understand that we are commanded to do this in order to perform rescue efforts to the poor and the needy. As a father and a provider, it is my duty to work for my family, and spare some for storage for whatever purposes God would need them for His other children. God taught us and commanded us to work. It is through work where we earn, whether materially and spiritually. As much as we receive pay after a worthy labor, so do we receive blessings from God after working on obedience to His laws and commandments. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jj Bassig
It is our firm belief that when God has to be represented, He gives the authorization. Like in the corporate world, when a boss delegates authority, it is proved by a memo, a certificate, or the likes. Then the representative does the performance. If someone else perform the task, even if the output is better, and there is no proof of approval from higher authority, the output will appear questionable, or that the performer will appear to have been presumptive in the boss's authority. The same is with God's works. When he commanded us to be baptized, it is to be done by His representatives, commissioned and delegated through His decreed manner. The same is true with His other works such as gathering Church meetings, preaching the gospel, and other ecclesiastical assignments. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jj Bassig
Manhood and womanhood have their preserved privilege which distinguishes one's personality. As we believe that our gender has been determined before our earthly birth, so do we believe that we have designated opportunities and roles to fill "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man". Women in the church receives delegated responsibilities, like in a house set up. Let alone, some tasks can be shared and some are reserved for a particular gender. Priesthood power, as we understand, has never served it's bearer. It is conferred "by those who are in authority", to bless lives of others. Male and female have access to this power, but the authority to bear the priesthood is what identifies a man, as our Heavenly Father is a male. As the Father appears to be very active in all of our everyday lives, it follows that it is the typical setup of a family unit and in the church. Though simple and sweet to the ears, the command to women would be to become faithful and submissive to their husbands. This command has been promised great rewards when fulfilled. Does it not imply that this is a very significant and vital role? To place it in context, men and women are not to be "unequally yoked together". Men are to exemplify how great it is to hold the Priesthood, while women are urged to live worthy of a Priesthood holder. Man cannot live without a woman, and vice versa. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Jj Bassig
The first vision is in reference to the "first" recorded appearing of God the Father and God the Son, in a period outside the biblical times. This is where the validity of our faith stands. If this is true, and I affirm that this is truth, then everything that follows is true. All claims such as visions, revelations, Heavenly communication, angelic visitations, divine command, are true. It should not be understand that everything that will follow would be perfect. It is God who commands and man who obeys. It is God who directs and man who follows. God is in control, but it is man who decides. The story of the first vision is continued with how the boy chose to obey. That boy is not perfect. And he never claimed to be one. It was his choice that led where the restored church is at present. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Jj Bassig
Politics is one of the amazing forms of exercising free will. It is the championing of personal views to be shared with the majority. The Church does not endorse any political party so that voters, members and non-members of the Church, would have their opportunity to decide according "to the dictates of our own conscience". Every aspiring political figure is seen as a divine child of God, and entitled to divine guidance and assistance when sought. To endorse such person, party or group would deprive the other participant/s. Thus, absence of endorsement empowers a person to choose who he may believe to be deserving of his vote; and assures an candidate God loves all His children. His divine intervention on such event will occur when God, not man, "seeth fit". Show more Show less