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Hi I'm Gene

I grew up in the Philippines. Currently living in Doha, Qatar together with my family. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad with two kids, sixteen years old daughter and eight-year-old son. Wife and I both working here in the middle east since 2003. I work at real estate while my wife works in the government. I've been blessed with awesome talent in illustrations which I can apply in sculpture, multi-media software, paintings, and animations. Immensely grateful for this given talent. Looking forward in any ways I can share my talent.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a boy, my family got converted when I was 11 years old. I first met the missionary when I was 5, I remember my mom & dad talking to them. Though I was a young boy at that time, I felt something good about them differently. Had few discussions with them I remember. We lost contact with them after we moved. Then the missionaries contact us again and started visiting us, we even went to church. For some reason after a year, we moved again to another province in the Philipppines. My dad loses his job in Manila and ended up as a jeepney driver for my grandfather. I was 11 at that time, then one day my dad came home with an LDS pamphlet signed by two missionaries and that we have an appointment. I looked forward to them, that same feeling came to me again once they started teaching us the discussions. I will never forget the Plan of Salvation cut out presentations and Families are forever film showing. The time has come for our baptism. We're all very happy that time. Together with my siblings and parents. It was such a joyful and memorable day for us. Our journey to becoming an lds mormons came up with ups and down. One day we heard a sad news that my dad had been into an accident, jeepney loses it's break while going down a mountain, two of his passenger jumped, one was seriously injured while the latter was killed. Imagine as a new member that time, a borrowed jeepney, payment to the people affected, we could've just faded away. In spite of all our trials, we still continue to hold on to the rod and go on with our journey. In one of our family home evenings, I asked my dad why do we do this, he humbly answered me, "to get nearer to Him". After a year, we're all sealed in the temple, happiest day, my joy is overflowing, indescribable feelings while inside the temple together with my family. My brothers and I all served missions, married in the temple. That feeling of joy and happiness as a Mormons brings blessings to my family. This is why I'm a Mormon. =)

How I live my faith

We both have a calling, my wife's the young women president in our ward and I'm the second counselor to the young men in the stake. We enjoy our callings and it's a great privilege for both of us to grow. We do teach our youths principles that help them whatever obstacle they may face. Our homeward consist of fifteen young men. It's important to guide them and make sure that they are on the right path which will lead them to be great leaders in the future. We do have obstacle or trials in magnifying our callings but one thing sure is to always ask the Lord for guidance. In a country where proselyting is not allowed. In some ways, good examples can reflect other people. your colleagues at work invite you to drink alcohol or tea, It's an opportunity to share them your belief why we follow the word of wisdom. Home teachings help to oversee our brothers and sisters whom we didn't see for a while. In this time where everybody is busy, a simple "hi" or "hello" using social media lets them know that we care for them Our family is not perfect, but with the principles that we learn every week at church helps us to steer the rights course to guide my family. Listening to the scripture audio helps my day armed with spiritual learnings before going to work. Grateful that we have a church here in the middle east where we can attend Sabbath services. It's an opportunity for us to grow and partake of the sacrament in remembrance of our loving Jesus Christ. Listening to the speakers and speakers by making sure we take notes greatly blesses us spiritually