Religion Culminating Assignment Part: 1 (Written Report) May 25, 2013 A) Describe your major talents, gifts, and or accomplishments. How do others currently benefit from your talents, gifts and accomplishments? In the future how could the world benefit from these? One of my most notable talents would have to be problem solving. I always love to have problems in front of me to solve whether it be code, in real life problems or video games in general and it has definitely brought me and others closer to God. One of my gifts that I’m most proud of is my sense of empathy. I always try and feel what loved ones or friends are feeling in order to lift them up because I know that at one time or another I was in their position and the help was needed and it is just the best feeling knowing that there is somebody who cares enough about you to empathize and take care of you in general. As of right now, I don’t have any extremely outstanding accomplishments that have changed the world. But what I do have is accomplishments between me and god. I have always throughout my life been doing small things for others in order for them to have a better day or whatever the case may be. It can be as little as holding the door open to giving someone a smile on when they’re looking down, and I know that this isn’t extremely good but I know that the small things I do for people are the big things I do for God and that motivates me to help others and be a leader to others. Sometime in the future the world could benefit from my small actions by preventing suicide or just helping people out when they need it most. Not too long ago a vague acquaintance reached out to me telling me about how their life meant nothing to them and that they were going to end it and I made it my personal goal to comfort and let them know that it is going to get better and to think about the good times and not always the bad. I’m happy to say that they are still here and happier than ever and that’s what keeps me happy. I understand that this can help the world because to most it would just seem like one person, but that person has family and friends that would be devastated by his loss. And because of that mine and God’s relationship has extremely strengthened. I can also help people build confidence and assist them with getting themselves out there by letting them know that they can do whatever it is they want. B) Describe your type of intelligence. How does knowing your intelligence style help you form your faith? My type of intelligence is commonly classified as “People Smart”. I’m people smart because I can actively interact with others with a strong effectiveness in a positive manner to produce good outcomes. I also learn better when taught by a person in comparison to reading off of a paper. Knowing my intelligence style has helped me form my faith in ways that I couldn’t have done without it. In the most evident way it’s helped form my faith, I would say by helping me realize the importance of church and prayer. When I was extremely young I remember having a one on one talk with a priest and he basically just explained to me the process of mass and what it’s all about. And ever since then I have become so close to God and Jesus that I am extremely thankful for. C) In what ways are you similar to the rest of your family? What ways are you unique? In what ways do you contribute to developing strong family values? Explain. In my family, I am the most unique. Some of the ways that I am similar is that I am extremely friendly if treated friendly and vice versa. This is not something that I am proud of because recently I have been working on learning to turn the other cheek and just ignore and forgive.. Another way that I am similar to my family members is my love for sports. Ever since I was a kid with my grandfather playing for a professional soccer team in Portugal, I have always loved the sport. I started playing around the age of 6 and still play to this day. And I thank my grandfather for teaching me and sharing the gift with me. The final and most evident way that I’m similar to my family is my ability to use what I have to my advantage. I realize that not everybody can be wealthy and I’m perfectly fine with that, and I have no problem using something that isn’t necessarily the best. I use what’s given to me and appreciate it. My family and family friends find it interesting on how anti-social I can be. It isn’t necessarily anti-socialism but that’s what they call it. For example some days I just enjoy being alone and pondering my thoughts and just keeping to myself because it calms me down and allows me to reflect on my daily actions and connect closer with God. But with that being said my family accepts me for who I am and respects my decisions. I myself have been lacking when it comes to developing strong family values. But in the times that I had they were most effective. For example the time my family was hurt because of the loss of a family member all of my family would eat at separate places and finally one day I took charge and forced everyone to eat together and let them know that the person who deceased wouldn’t want them like this, and it really helped my family cope with death easier and once again brought me and the rest of my family closer to God. D) Write a reflection on how religion influences you, how it can help shape your personality? What have you learned in this class that has impacted you the most? Religion class influences me in such a positive way that I cannot put into words. Before I was in my first religion class I was starting to stray from Catholicism due to being away for a while etc. But ever since February I have learned so many new and empowering things that have brought me back and strengthened my faith like never before. It feels like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders, and I just have more people that love me. It can assist in shaping your personality by teaching you the ways of God and Jesus Christ our savior. Personally, it has made me a more loving person and I have lessened my activities that God would not like me doing such as video games. The piece of knowledge that I learned that has impacted me the most was people’s perception of you. Not too long ago our class was shown a series of videos put together by Dove. And it showed us that the worse judge of ourselves is ourselves. We always point out the bad things in ourselves but when it comes to others they show our true colours. I have a problem with self-esteem because of a small acne problem and after seeing that video it really boosted my self-esteem and I can never thank God and Mrs. Vilaranda for showing me that video!