Hi I'm TeAniwa
kia ora, Im married with 5 children, & 11 grandchildren. Im a registered nurse, I work in a medical centre. Recently completed uni degrees in advanced rural health care and gerontology. I enjoy walks/jogging/cycling/swimming. We live close to the sea that equates to yummy seafood. Geneology is high on my list of priorities, seeking out my ancestors & linking the links is awesome.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon firstly b/c my parents were solid members of the church and taught me eternal values and principles and though I chose to do those things that were contrary to my upbringing, I knew where to turn to when my world turned upside-down! What an awesome gift they gave to me. No more could I be tossed to & fro, the confusion, despondendcy & hopelessness disappeared as I reached into my memory bank of family prayers, remembering hymns sung as a child, scriptures studied in sunday school and youth classes. I knew what I had to do to save myself and my family...I had to turn back, to go forward! I knew that Jesus Christ is my older brother, I knew prayer, I knew there were guides leaders who I could turn to for help...and I did 20+ years later, it has been the most rewarding journey thus far. My testimony those many years ago has always been there, and though the light was dim and flickering with our Saviours help and those called to lead and guide this wayward daughter home my testimony has grown. My testimony is I know God lives. I know Jesus Christ is my Redeemer and Savior the only One who could do what He did. I know that Joseph Smith the prophet was called of God to restore all things. I know that we have a true and living Prophet toady even President Thomas S Monson. I know this is the only true church upon the face of the earth even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I leave this same gift to our children, our grandchildren and those yet to come, that I too may say...I have no greater joy than to know that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:4
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
by sharing them, if i have a smile that will brighten someone elses day should i not share that?...if i can bake a cake, sharing always blesses my world as well as someone elses.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
:) He is the Prophet of the restored church even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A boy of 14yrs as mentioned in general conference 'with an uncluttered mind' sought out heavenly help in prayer, his prayer was answered by the appearance of the Father and the Son who spoke to him. I will be forever grateful for his strength, courage and diligence to go forward from that day in obedience to the cousel and direction given him until his martrydom with his beloved brother Hyrum. I know without a shadow of doubt that he was and is a prophet of God.
How has attending Church services helped you?
Always helps me to refocus, better able to see what is important, less time on worrying about trivia! I learn everytime I attend church services what I can do to improve myself. Reminds me of those things that I need to do better like scripture study, prayer, humbleness, patience, tolerance. For a short period of time in my life I didn't attend church and I'm able to compare and say with all truthfulness that at that time I was lost, I had no direction and for a time I wondered 'what is the point' Thankfully I see much more clearly and what I do see is fantastic, Sunday is the best day of the week, definitely a day to be spiritually uplifted and revitalised.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Oh my goodness I love to pray. Prayer is my connection to my Heavenly Father. I know that I can pray wherever and whenever and He hears me, I know this because of the amazing sense of peace I receive each time I do seek His help. I know that I am important to my Heavenly Father because of the feelings I receive. The problem may not be solved but I am given that sense that all will be ok. I love to thank Him for everything I have and when I start mentioning these things individually I'm in awe at what I do receive. Prayer is awesome.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
I have been on the 'other side of the fence' so to speak! where there is only temporary happiness to be found. My testimony, my feelings of the Restored Gospel is that this is truth. As I learn, understand and apply what I have learnt I have seen the good this has been for us as a family. I have prayed about these things and have had a powerful confirmation that this is right. No matter what I could not deny the truthfulness of this work.
How I live my faith
I'm a chorister in our Branch as well as teacher in adult gospel doctrine class. I enjoy helping others understand & apply scriptural discussions to our personal situations. In our community as a nurse my responsibility is to help others understand more about their bodies, disease processes and how we can better look after them. Recently i participated with 3 colleagues in raising awareness for leukaemia sufferers by having all our hair shaved bald its been an interesting and positive experience. I enjoy visiting other women sisters in our area to share a monthly message, sometimes we are the listening ear for someone who needs to unload, I know how precious these visits are b/c I have dear sisters who visit me.