Hi I'm Silipa
Aloha! My name is Silipa. My husband and I currently reside in Missouri with our two oldest daughters. Recently we buried my youngest, who was only 6 weeks old. This past season of life has been the absolute hardest, but most miraculous time of my life. I have been able to SEE the Lord's hands in everything that's happened and FEEL how much the Lord loves us. Throughout my pregnancy when problems would arise, my husband and I felt calm, peaceful, and reassured through the Holy Ghost that all would be well. We knew our daughter would be 'special' and that a genetic disorder was affecting her tiny body. Our daughter's birth was only the beginning of many miracles. She was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called Triploidy, meaning she had 3 of every chromosome. In all cases, it is fatal. She lived, and every moment was a miracle. I weep thinking of all the tiny things that just fell into place, against all odds. She came home from the hospital after only 3 intense weeks. It was my goal to read the entire Book of Mormon to with each of my children in their first year of life. I read it out loud to her. It took 17 days; the day after I finished, she went home to Heavenly Father. The Lord has been my strength through all of this. I have felt so peaceful, calm, and filled with love. It is not a tragedy; it is my honor and privilege to be her mother. I anxiously look forward to the resurrection, when her body will be as pure as her spirit is!
Why I am a Mormon
When my father joined the 'Mormon' church, he was disowned by all of his immediate family and thrown out of the house because he would not deny what he knew to be true. Years later, as my father told me of his experiences, he encouraged me to pray so that I could know the truth for myself. When I was a young teenager I prayed to know for myself to know if what I had been taught at church and at home were really true or if what the world promoted as popular and good were really okay. Young as I was, I did recieve my answer. Over and over again, the spirit spoke to my heart and testified that true happiness doesn't come from what the world will tell you- but from the gospel of Jesus Christ, and from doing what is right. Though at that point I was already a baptized member, I decided to truly test out and learn for myself principle by principle what was true or not.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
We go on missions because we truly believe that we belong to the only true church of Jesus Christ. We believe that God truly wants what is best for us- and for us to do the right things in the right ways so that we can make it back to him. Because we believe these things to be true, we want everyone to have the opportunity to accept or decline the gospel for themselves. So, we go on missions to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and invite everyone to come unto Christ.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
Everyone is blessed with different talents to help others. I like in 1 Corinthians 11 how talents and gifts are compared with different body parts. Every body part is important to the welfare of the being, but they all have different, important functions. It's the same with talents and gifts- we are given different abilities so we can bless the lives of others. Not everyone has the same talent and we all fulfill different functions that are necessary to keep things running smoothly.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
I share the gospel with friends because I truly believe that I belong to the only true religion upon the face of the earth. Because I honestly believe that Jesus Christ himself founded this religion, I want to share it with anyone who will listen. I'm always willing to share my beliefs with others and answer their questions as honestly and simply as I can.
How I live my faith
I am involved with our youth program. I work with the teenage girls (who we refer to as 'Young Women') ages 14 and 15. I absolutely love what I do! On Sundays I teach a lesson about a gospel doctrine or principle. I do my best to help the Young Women discover answers to their questions by searching through our scriptures and also learning what latter-day prophets have taught. During the week we do a fun activity to help them experience new things, learn new skills, and grow in confidence. For example, this past year I taught all the Young Women a hula. We have also learned outdoor survival skills, how to make different foods from other countries, and we'll soon learn basic car care and maintenance. It is wonderful to help direct their attention and energy towards positive avenues that will help them become good mothers and responsible members of society. Other than working with the youth, I enjoy answering any questions that my friends and neighbors may have. Because I've moved around so much I've come across many misunderstandings and concerns others have had about my religion. I love helping others to learn the truth about who we are and what we believe. A few years before I met my husband I devoted my own time and money to become a proselyting missionary. I lived in Micronesia for 18 months and taught the gospel to anyone who wanted to learn. It makes me so happy to see others blessed when they discover the truth for themselves.