Oct 23, 2016

The Beginning

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" - Ecclesiastes. I believe that every righteous desire that we have, will one day be fulfilled. I have finally started the fulfillment of my dream to be in the medical field. My journey in medicine has commenced when I enrolled in the Medical Assisting program of Carrington College in February of this year. I grew up in a family that loves learning and views education as greater than any thing in the world. My Dad used to tell us that, "Education is the greatest legacy I could give you. I am poor as to things of the world. But, education is something that nobody can steal from you", he added. He has worked hard for us to help us in every step of the way to grow in wisdom and knowledge, temporally and spiritually.

After going to college for a year, I decided to serve a full-time mission for our church. This has changed my life forever. I remember, my drawing of a ladder that have my goals in life.

1. Seminary and Institute
2. College
3. Mission
4. Work
5. Temple Marriage

Although, I did not finish the degree I was pursuing in college before my mission, I attest that God moves in mysterious ways. I knew what I wanted. I understood what the Lord wants me to prioritize.

Now, it has been 10 years since I married Kevron and we have 3 active children. They are my greatest source of inspiration and courage. They are my life! I am grateful and feels so blessed for the help and support of my beloved Husband carrying out my goal. And, I am humbled to witness the tender mercies of the Lord in my/our life as I/we exercise my/our faith to help me finish the course...and I/we did triumphantly!




"Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come."
Doctrine and Covenants 130:18-19



I got a silver cord for being a Dean's Lister


-Irene








Sep 17, 2016

My Super Kiddos





Can you believe that??? All my kids are in school now!!!! Veyron is in 4th grade, Emma in 2nd grade and Miggie's in Kindergarten. Every school year, Kevron gives each of them a blessing to have a great time of experience and learning in school. I am grateful that He can bless them because he has the priesthood. It is a big comfort for me as their mother. I believe my kids find strength and comfort as well hearing the wonderful prayer of their father for them. 

It has been two weeks since they started school of this year. Veyron has been riding his bike with his friends. He is always excited to go to school. I asked him the other day what if his friends are not going to ride their bike to school, are you riding your bike still? He answered, "yes, i will!" He is such an independent kid! He knows what he wants. His confidence is growing more each day. Lately, he's been talking a lot about "tsunami". He's been asking the same questions over and over again. Kev and I would look at each other and smile. Veyron is soo cute! 

Since I leave the house earlier than the kids do, the responsibility to take Emma and Miggie to school falls on Kevron. After dropping the kids off, Kev then go straight to his job at Intel. Lately Emma, has been taking his little brother Miggie to his classroom. She is such a good big sister. She and her friends would play with Miggie during recess time. Emma is always excited to tell us this. She sure wants her brother to be happy at school. 

Emma is such a darling daughter, too! I've not been feeling well since yesterday. She offered me food  which she personally cooked...happily and thoughtfully, just for momma!




I am deeply happy for the girl she is becoming...responsible, loving and wise.

On Fridays, since it's my day off, I take advantage of the chance to take my kids to school. I've been praying for my Miggie to be just fine when he has school...that he will have an easy adjustment since it is his very first year.  So I was holding Miggie's hand expecting that he will want me to help him do his arrival tasks like put his home work folder in the tray, put his lunch bag in the basket and put his backpack in his cubby...but...he released his hand from mine, went to greet his teacher good morning and did the tasks all by himself. He is such a big boy, braver and stronger!






-Irene







Aug 29, 2016

Please always remember

Many times in the Book of Mormon it was mentioned that... "we people are easy to do iniquity and slow to remember God". We know what is right but still we choose the opposite. When we face big problems and challenges, we blame God or we question Him. When we accomplished great things, we tend to boast and think too much of ourselves.

I would like to give emphasis on the importance of remembering the Lord in all things as I believe it is an expression of our love, respect, reverence and gratitude to Him. 

As the  middle child in the family where I was born, as a child until my adolescence I experienced 5 school transfers mostly because we can't afford financially that all of us are in private school. Maybe I wasn't that lucky to stay or it was just what the circumstance has asked me to do. The adjustments were not easy yet I never complained. It made me sad every transfer but I kept moving on as I so love school. I have learned to balance my quest for both spiritual and secular learning. I have learned to trust that the Lord will take care of me...and He did. I was a consistent honor student since elementary up to College. Because of the challenges I have faced, I considered my accomplishments as the Lord's way of comforting me. I always tell myself that it was not me but the Lord. 

I do not want to forget that I depend on the Lord in all things for in the first place "He has created me, and has kept and preserved me and has caused me to rejoice, and has granted that I should live... He is preserving me from day to day, by lending me breath, that I may live and move and do according to my own will, and even supporting me from one moment to another" (Mosiah 2:20-21)

                                                                          https://www.lds.org/music/library/search?query=mercy&x=0&y=0&lang=eng#d


-Irene




Aug 24, 2016

The river flows in you

Okay. First thing, I do not have a phone right now because for some unknown reasons my LG G5 phone which I got a month ago overheated while I was charging it in the car after a super fun family outing at Wilson River. Booo!! I know, right? (sadness) I lost the very awesome videos of us having fun playing in the water. But hey, it is not the end of the world...for me. Thankfully, the replacement phone is on the way now. Yay!! yeyyy!! I know I am showing optimism here. :)

I have enjoyed watching the kids show off their swimming styles! We brought the most awesome beach ball! Kev had so much fun floating while hugging it. "I feel like a kid when I was doing that :D", Kev said. Catch the ball was fun as well! The kids also made lots and lots of bubbles which the wind blew magically all over the place. It was really cool!

In this life, in whatever situation we're in, I believe we can always learn something spiritual. The river flows constantly in one direction. It reminded me  of the prophet Lehi in the Book of Mormon when the Lord commanded him to take his family into the wilderness for their safety and more purpose. After three days of traveling, they paused and stayed in a valley by the side of a river. Lehi named the river "Laman" after his son. The river empties into the fountain of the Red Sea. As a loving and thoughtful father, Lehi said unto Laman..."O that thou mightest be like unto this river, continually running into the fountain of all righteousness!".  (1 Nephi 2:9)




As we keep the commandments wholeheartedly, we mature spiritually. We experience that spiritual elevation that will lead us to becoming like our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother.




Good night,
-Irene



                                                                                 



                                                                         




Aug 15, 2016

I Love Me!

I heard people said, "if you know how to love yourself then you know how to love others". Another thing I heard was, "remember who you are". We are children of a loving Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother.

In one of our family night activities, we sat together and made a list of the good things the kids like about themselves. It was fun helping them identify and realize the kind of persons they are.







After the activity, Kev and I posted the papers on the walls of the kids' bedrooms. It's such a wonderful feeling we have whenever we see them look at their list smiling while reading them. 




-Irene







Aug 7, 2016

My Body is a Temple of God

Today in primary at church, Emma gave a talk on "My Body is a Temple of God". That is actually their theme for this month. I am so grateful for the teaching helps we are receiving from my children's teachers. I received an email from a member of the primary presidency about the topics they will be discussing regarding the theme.. 

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?... The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are" (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) 
  • My body is a temple.
  • Dressing modestly shows respect for Heavenly Father and myself.
  • Living the Word of Wisdom shows respect for my body.
  • Reading, watching, and listening to wholesome things keeps my mind clean. 
Then she shared a short story about a 4 year old boy with cerebral palsy that she used to work with. This little boy did not have use of his right hand. One day, as she was working with him, the little boy looked at her and said, "Did you know Satan doesn't have a body? But I do and I have to work really hard with my body." 

This little boys testimony is very touching. It made her realize that although we may not have perfect bodies, they are gifts from God. Our bodies house our spirits and so we should treat our bodies like temples.














Aug 4, 2016

What matters most are the memories

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One of the things that I learned about children was, yes, material things make them happy BUT temporarily. What truly makes them happy is the TIME you spend with them. The QUALITY time you spend with them will never be forgotten for love was felt deep within their hearts. As they get older they will appreciate more and more the teachings and examples you have shown them as their parents... mom or dad. When the action was right and the intention was pure, the spirit of the Lord will bear witness of its truthfulness. For the fruits of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith., meekness, temperance. (Galatians 5:22-23)

I feel blessed to be surrounded by wonderful parents who I look up to for being good influence to their children. I greatly admire how they uphold their precious beliefs. In this darkened world where immorality, uncleanness, immodesty, addictions and so on... have become a normal trend. My greatest fear and sorrow is to see my children be involved in any of these things.

The prophets have emphasized the importance of making our homes a "refuge", a shelter from the "storm". Consistent family prayer, reading the scriptures and family home evening are some of the powerful ways to make our children strong amidst temptations and trials. CONSISTENCY is the key to success.

We pray for strength and inspiration as we nurture our children according to the gospel of Christ.

-Irene and Kev


Jul 30, 2016

A Family Day at the Washington County Fair

Today the purpose is to have fun!
We are happiest when we see our kids happy and growing. We are all happiest when we feel the spirit of love and goodness.


Can you guess what animal we are pretending to be?
Yes!!! A rabbit! 
Behind us are bunnies of different breeds. They looked so soft, huggable and lovable :) We actually had the chance to pet one of them. 
I wish Mom and Dad will buy me a bunny... - Emma




Hi Cows!!! Momma cows are huge and the calves are cuties!!


WHOA!!! All the horses that we saw are huge!!! By the way, we also saw roosters and hens. There were really some that are adorable!! We saw a baby version of Nigel from the movie Rio. hahaha 

After visiting the animal sheds, we had some snacks and drinks and then Mommy and Daddy  bought us some wristbands, meaning we can do the rides that we can as much as we want. :) :) :)


Chugga chugga chugga chugga choo choo!


Broooomm broooommm








We are going to outer space!!!


I can be by myself -Miggie :)










For finale of the fun, we played the pop balloons and we won these stuff toys. Hooooooooorrrraaayyyy!!!!!!

Here are some of the videos of our fun rides!! Enjoy watching :)


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-Irene, Kev and kids























Jul 24, 2016

Enjoying childhood



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Watching my kids having fun reminds me of my childhood. I have many good memories as a child. Kids life is "playing". I grew up in a small town but with lots of playmate neighbor kids. The games that I played with my friends and sisters were simple yet enjoyable! Here are some of them:


We call this "chinese garter". lots of jumping and strategies.


Jumping is timing!


Bahay-bahayan


Playing in the rain is so much fun! This was also our time to play boat racing made of paper.



Luksong tinik


Patintero


Tagu-taguan which we enjoyed playing at night when there is moon.


Hula hoop


Playing jack stone


Agawan base or sikyo which it would be advantageous if you run fast.

There were other games and activities that I have enjoyed like camping, going to the mall, playing at a playground, climbing up a tree, playing in the water and so on.I love my childhood! It was definitely full of fun and wonderful memories!

I would like my kids to enjoy their childhood as much as we can. Just "be kids"  by playing and having kid things. 



-Irene












Jul 17, 2016

A Day of Rest and Worship

I feel so fulfilled today spiritually. I was the teacher today in Gospel Essential Class. My lesson was on Sacrifice. As members of the LDS church, sacrifice means giving our time, all energies and earthly possessions in building His kingdom on the earth. The Lord commanded us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33) There are many people that have set a good example for me to apply this principle in my life. I love the prophets from the time of Adam up to the present for their incredible love, service and obedience to the Lord. Many even lose their lives because of standing up for the truth. Jesus Christ's greatest sacrifice made it possible for us to become like Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother.

I remember when I was attending seminary class, my teacher defined sacrifice as giving up something good for something better. A place in Heavenly Father's kingdom is worth any sacrifice we have to make of our time, talents, energy, earthly possessions and lives.

The Four Fold Mission of the Church are:

1. To proclaim the gospel
2. To perfect the saints
3. To redeem the dead
4. To care for the poor and needy

Then this afternoon I had the opportunity as a ward missionary to welcome members and non-members who are visiting the temple. I had interesting and new spiritual insights as the two sister missionaries toured me around the temple. I am very grateful that this experience has added strength to my testimony of the sacredness of the temple and what it means to me personally.

Lastly, my kids asked us to play some of their favorite primary songs: Scripture power, I love to see the temple and When I am baptized. We have been teaching Emma about baptism. She will turn 8 next year and that is the age we baptize in the church. The kids are becoming more excited about visiting the temple and loving the scriptures because it talks about Jesus Christ. I noticed also that their prayers are more meaningful. 

                                                             


-Irene

Jul 9, 2016

Kids' Superstar!




One of Kevron's stress relievers is playing basketball. Wherever we live, he joins basketball games. In fact, it has been and is a part of his schedule. He has fun and good friends to play with. 

Our kids are his greatest fans! He is our Superstar!




The video was taken by our daughter, Emma...today. They had fun playing ball with Daddy!
https://plus.google.com/+tripzero0/posts/jjXgXJdhYve

The full shoot around:
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-Irene



Jul 8, 2016

A Heart with a Purpose

After deciding to serve a mission for our church, I goaled to read and ponder the Book of Mormon from cover to cover for a month. Each day, I found myself more and more committed to my goal. That was in fact , the first time in my life that I put my heart and mind into conscientious study of the book. I do not want to stop reading describing how I felt like unto Elder Parley P. Pratt, "eating was a burden... sleeping was a burden when the night came...for I prefer reading than sleeping". I have learned so many great truths about God, his matchless power and love for His people. I gained a better and clearer understanding of His divine nature and purposes and relating to Nephi's words.."I did liken all the scriptures that it maybe for our profit and learning"-1 Nephi 19:23. I became closer and closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ just as what the book had promised. Finishing reading the entire book, I found myself in tears. I was so grateful for his goodness towards me. That spiritual experience has strengthened  my desire, even more to serve the Lord. I promised to Him that I will sacrifice my personal life and devote myself to serving Him. 





Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. Therefore, oh ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve Him with all your heart, might, mind and strength that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God, ye are called to the work. For behold, the field is white already to harvest, and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul. And faith, hope, charity and love with an eye single to the glory of God qualify him to the work. Remember, faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence. Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you. Amen. Doctrine and Covenants 4




In the Missionary Training Center we were reminded of how sacred is our calling as missionaries. 

MY MISSIONARY COMMISSION
by Elder Bruce McConkie

I am called of God.
My authority is above that Kings of the earth. 
By revelation I have been selected as a personal representative of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is my Master and He has chosen me to represent Him- to stand in His place, to say and do what He Himself  would say and do if He were personally ministering to the very people to whom He has sent me.
My voice is His voice, and my acts are His acts, my doctrine is His doctrine.
My commission is to do what He wants done; to say what He wants said; to be a living modern witness in word and in deed of the divinity of His great and marvelous latter-day work.
How great is my calling!



Sister Person with Sister Roda (trainer)


One of the greatest things I learned on my mission is that "faith is power". Praying daily- morning, mid-day and night and regular study of the scriptures helped me be in tuned to the Spirit. It has strengthened my testimony, courage and confidence that has helped me face the challenges of the work and temptations of the adversary. I gained power to fulfill what was expected from me. I know that "the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save He shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which He commandeth them"- 1 Nephi 3:7

Self discipline and obedience goes hand in hand. These attributes are essential to our spiritual and temporal growth. Our determination to follow the Savior Jesus Christ is a mark of our loyalty to Him.

Love. I met people in different walks of life, different status in life.  I recall my eagerness in sharing the gospel with them because I know it is true and that I want them to know and understand the purpose of life...the Plan of Happiness! I want them to know how much Heavenly Father loves them!

My serving has given me inspiration and humility as I witness miracles in the lives of others who I refer to as my brothers and sisters. One particular experience was in my second area. One day, going to our destination we rode this brother's tricycle. We learned his name and we introduced ourselves to him. We gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and was able to make a follow up appointment. On the said date, he was there. And he did read the verses we asked him to read. We then taught him the Message of the Restoration. And from that time on, we established a regular appointment with him. He had good questions to some of his reading assignments and lessons like Law of Chastity. As his knowledge of the gospel progresses, we have witnessed changes in his way of life. He is following the Word of Wisdom, he goes to church, read the scriptures and were in fact, he highlighted his favorite verses, he became careful about making good choices and so on. We have witnessed how his faith in the Lord has grown and feeling the spirit he accepted the invitation to get baptized. After my mission, I learned that he is still active, he has served in different positions in the church and what's the best part, he served a full-time mission! oh! How wonderful that is and I was filled with joy!

I have trusted in Him who is omnipotent, omniscient and perfect which leadeth me to a mature perspective.

Gratitude to the Lord is a deep expression of our reverence and dedication to Him. I am extremely grateful for life and for everything it has to offer me! King Benjamin exclaimed..."if ye should serve Him who has created you from the beginning and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another- I say, if ye should serve Him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants". -Mosiah 2:21 "All that He requires of you is to keep the commandments..."-King Benjamin.

My life has been richly blessed because of serving a full-time mission! 




-Irene
































Jul 4, 2016

I will Follow Him

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The most enjoyable thing for me is watching my children play and listen to their conversation. They are just so delightful and full of life! The other day, I took my children to the park. There, I had a wonderful opportunity to watch them play together. I called it a "wonderful opportunity" for you will not witness moments like this forever. They grow up so fast and that one day they will leave your home. So take serious advantage of the time you have your kids. We do not own them. They were entrusted to us to care, nourish, teach and help them become good children of our Heavenly Father.

The Lord's work is "To bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of men" -Moses 1:39. The Lord Jesus Christ on His visit to the Nephites declared, "Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect" -3 Nephi 12:48. I believe this is our ultimate goal. All of us who chose Heavenly Father's "Plan of Salvation" in the Pre-existence have the same goal. We needed a "world" to carry on the steps of becoming "perfect". Keeping our first estate (being spirit children of the Father) allowed us to be born on the earth through our mortal parents. Now, we obtained our "physical body" and have the opportunity to exercise our "free agency". Hopefully, we use this special gift wisely. 

Heavenly Father loves all of His children. Just like in the olden times, He also called prophets that have the Priesthood or the authority to act in God's name, to guide and teach us the gospel of Jesus Christ in this modern time. "Thereby showing that He is the same God yesterday, today and forever. Amen."- Doctrine and Covenants 20:12.

Becoming like Heavenly Father requires great faith in His Plan and that through the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ it made possible for us to progress infinitely. 

                                                           -Irene

Jul 2, 2016

Who do I trust? I have enough!


                                                                             


"To be trusted is greater than to be loved". You can love anyone but you can't trust everyone. Usually, those who break your trust don't care much about you. For me, a person who knows how to "respect" is a trustworthy person. Trusting someone who continuously break your trust will lead to "pistanthrophobia". It is just extremely hard to trust those people.

                                                                             

This is very painful. I experienced this. I was ridiculed and persecuted a lot by "people" which I believe were morally wrong. However,  I was taken cared of miraculously. I am grateful and I know better. 


-Irene