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"None of us marry perfection; we marry potential." - Richard G. Scott

December 07, 2019 was the happiest day in my life. I was sealed with Janz for time and eternity.

Year 2019 was a tough year for me, I was really broken-hearted and then Janz came. We met during our missions. We served at Philippines Manila Mission, we were in Palawan City to be exact. It was our Zone Meeting when I saw him. I first approached him because his last name seems familiar to me which is "Garcia". I had a District Leader (Elder Garcia) at the Missionary Training Center who has the same last name as his, I asked Janz if he knew him and he answered, "he was one of my friends back in Baguio City". We had common friends too.

When I first saw him, a thought came to my mind, "He will be the person I will marry in the future.." but of course I'm a missionary at that time. I have to be Eye Single to the Glory of God. There was no opportunity for us to get to know each other, we met during Zone Conferences only but still our conversations just went with hi and hello.

After our missions, we didn't have any communications at all. I got into a relationship right after my mission and I thought he's the one but months had passed and seemed to be heavy. I didn't feel good at all and I decided to have a vacation in Baguio City. That was the time that Janz and I had the chance to know each other better.

We started dating in July 2019, got engaged September 2019 and got married in December in the same year. While preparing for our marriage, Janz mentioned "Nung first time na nakita kita sa Palawan alam ko na ikaw yung mapapangasawa ko." I was shocked because I never said what I felt for him when I first met him. We prayed and fasted while planning. We presented our plans and goals to the Lord and asked for His approval. We had a lot of trials and challenges to the point that we both decided to stop but then we realized that these were just one of the things we had to go through. Ano pa kaya kapag mag-asawa na kami di ba?.

A lot people said, "Grabe! kakabreak mo lang ikakasal ka na agad?", "Ang bata mo pa para magpakasal," "Buntis ka na ba?", "Hindi pa nga kayo stable," and a lot more.. Pero hindi kami nagpa apekto, we tried our best to achieve our goals. We are also grateful that we have supportive parents, family members and church leaders who guided, cheered and loved us towards our plan to eternity.

We will be forever grateful to everyone who helped and supported us.

โ€” Mai Rimando
My father died when I was 12 and since then I played the role of a breadwinner. Life was hard growing up as I had to stop schooling and work as a young carpenter. I had younger sisters who rely on my strength and money for our daily needs. Though I struggled financially, I kept praying, stayed active in the church and paid an honest tithe.

When I turned 21, I decided to go on a mission. I was assigned to labor in San Francisco California - Oakland Mission. It was another difficult task for me and I was a bit nervous because my English was not that good. I finished until second year in high school. But I kept moving on and brushing off the negative thoughts in mind. Instead, I focused in serving the Lord and putting my trust in Heavenly Father. Indeed, it was the best two years of my life.

When I returned home, I got married in Cebu Philippines Temple to a beautiful wife who also served a mission. We're blessed with two adorable kids. She advised me to continue pursuing my education. So I did. It was always a tough week working as a carpenter during weekdays and attending school on Saturdays. We always struggled to get enough food and we lived in a place where my children were prone to sickness. Yet, we never failed to miss paying tithing. After much sacrifice, I made it to the end of my high school life.

God really works in mysterious ways. With my work experience in the past, I was blessed with an employment in New Zealand as a carpenter. I have been living here for two years now. I'm still active in the Church and magnified my duties. I'll be graduating BYU Pathway soon and will love to proceed with a degree course.

This is a great opportunity for me to give my family a better life and provide healthy meals for them and live in a healthy environment. When this global pandemic will be over, I will petition my family to live here in New Zealand so we can be together.

I know God's plan is always in a perfect timing if we just have faith in Him. If we trust Him, He will lead us to our eternal goal. I testify that if we honestly and faithfully pay our tithes, He will pour out His blessings upon us that there's no room enough to receive it.

Enrique G. Dimdim
Jasaan Branch, Philippines Balingasag District
After baptism, all members slip off the pathโ€”some of us even dive off. Therefore, exercising faith in Jesus Christ, repenting, receiving help from Him, and being forgiven are not onetime events but lifelong processes, processes that are repetitive and iterative. This is how we โ€œendure to the end."

๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐‰๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ? ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ž, ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ ๐ ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฎ๐ฌ!
Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly.

๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐š ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ž
Trying to comprehend the trials and meaning of this life without understanding Heavenly Fatherโ€™s marvelously encompassing plan of salvation is like trying to understand a three-act play while seeing only the second act.

Fortunately, our knowledge of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and His Atonement helps us to endure our trials and to see purpose in suffering and to trust God for what we cannot comprehend.

๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ฎ๐ฌ?
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