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Hi I'm Ross

Life is good. I am a student. I am 23. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have six siblings. My mum is from the Philippines. I love the filo people and it's culture. I was born and raised in Australia so there is a bit of diversity between the two and how we live. Going to the Philippines and seeing one family per room, 4 families per house, was a great experience for me to see how happy and closely nit my family are. I love the fact that you can have next to nothing and still be happy because you have each other and God. I love tennis, I also love soccer. It was soccer then tennis. There is something satisfying when you hit a clean stroke down the line or cross court winner. I am a bit rusty at the moment but can still hit a good ball. Coming back from a mission I had no idea what I wanted to do. I got back into plumbing, I also did timber flooring and landscaping. Hearing people I look upto counsel me to seek further studies played a factor in seeking higher education. I never thought I was smart enough to attend university. Apparently the Uni thought so to when they knocked me back. I had a good laugh. I went back to grade 12. It was interesting to see peoples reaction, "hahaha you're not??". I managed to complete my course with marks that can see me through to University. I plan on going to University next year. I love life. I love people. I love the Lord. I believe that people are basically good and I see it all the time. Choosing to look for the good in others has brightened up my life and the way I view it. I am a Mormon and love it.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad doesn't go to any church but leans towards the baptists. My mum used to be catholic but now is Mormon. Us children were left to make a decision when we turned 18. It was really hard. I had no idea what was true or what was not. Having both your parents teach you something quite contrary to each other made me as their son so confused. I knew neither one of them didn't want to lead me astray but why did they have such different beliefs. I didn't know if God was even there. At the age of 17 I lay in my bed looking at the ceiling doubting if there even was a God in heaven. For the first time in my life I was scared. Scared of death, scared of life. I didn't know what to do. Mormon missionaries came to our door to teach me their lessons. They were a God send. They didn't try and force me into any commitments. I expressed my concerns to them. I felt the spirit when they taught. When they would come back the next day I thought "Oh no not the missionaries again!". But after the lesson I found myself feeling light, fresh, warm inside and just pleasant. I turned my thoughts to gratitude for their visit. I had a little faith developed inside of me. Finally the missionaries promised me if I read 18 pages of The Book of Mormon a day for ten days I could expect a miracle. Over the course of the next ten days I read and read. I prayed and read so much to know if God was there. I am uncertain why but a flooding feeling of the Saviors love filled my whole being. I was on top of the world. I felt like walking out of the unit I was staying in at the time and yelling out "THE CHURCH IS TRUE!!" The book of Mormon truly is the word of God and from then on I knew what I needed to do. I was baptised shortly after. Served a full-time mission. And have never looked back since that day. I love the Lord and everything the gospel offers. I believe in Christ and his love and mercy. He has established His church again. It is for everyone searching for love peace and securiy. I love it

How I live my faith

In the church I work with the young single adults. I love the variety of people you meet and the good-heartedness they have. One thing I have learned since being a member that where ever you are and what ever role you play there is always friends and help. Serving in the church allows me more opportunities to serve and help others. There is no more rewarding feeling to me then changing someone elses circumstance for good. Recently I served along side with 50 young adults and leaders in the church to help the PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Club) a non-profit organisation which help countless youth out and develop their skills. We developed the place by helping them improve the grounds. It was tough work. We were ripping out lantana, stacking coral trees, moving almost 100^m3 of mulch (That is a mountain) and improving concrete paths. To voulenteer our services to those not even of our faith is rewarding for me because it shows that the Lord doesn't care what background you're from or who you are. He just wants to help others. The Savior is my master. He is the one to follow. His service to everyone brings me to tears. I want to be like him and continue to look for opportunties to serve others. This truly is his work whether helping the PCYC, flood victims or other voulentary work. To help make a difference in the world means something to me and a lot of others that believe Christ. I am thankful for the many opportunities to serve.