I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home, so I would say I've always known Him. But there did come a point where I felt an outpouring of God's comforting love, leading to me understanding who God really was. Before that I felt purposeless, like a ship without a sail. All my striving and achievements were meaningless.

Pascal wrote, "There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man [and woman] which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ." Because of I have a personal relationship with Jesus, my vacuum is filled with peace that transcends all understanding. I do not have to feel empty, alone or unfulfilled. When I didn't know Jesus, I was like a ship without a sail, drifting aimlessly with the tide of a rough sea. 

Jesus has made me passionate about service. He said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you" (John‬ ‭13:15).‬ Jesus washed his disciples dirty feet. As an Athletic Trainer, I get to tape people's nasty blisters and soothe their broken bones. I am passionate about helping others succeed in the goals they are striving for. In my personal life, I seek to put others before myself, lay down my life for my brother or sister. 

My dream is that people would come to know God through the example of sacrificial love. In such a me-centric society, selfless love and patience towards our neighbor can be a profound testimony towards conversion. I dream to see all my family and neighbors at the biggest dance party ever in heaven.

Many come to LA to study or to "make it" in entertainment. Therefore, I see LA as the training grounds, launchpad for soldiers in the kingdom of God. I long to see Christians infiltrate education and entertainment to influence the world for God. 

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