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23. Served in the Utah St. George Mission April '10-October '11. Future wife of Jerome Joseph "Jay Jay" Calica. Family. Disneyland. Dancing. Laughing. Peacock colors. Agency. Cloud watching. Clear starry skies. Penguins. Reese's peanut butter cups. People watching. Adventures. Hammocks. Car drives with the windows down & music playing. In-n-out burgers. Otter pops. Daydreaming. Epiphanies. Journal writing. Photography. These are a few of my favorite things.
It wasn't easy growing up without any LDS people my age. It resulted in me getting caught up in the world and prioritizing other things over God and my family. I thought I was happy, but little did I know that it was all temporary happiness. My senior year in high school, my dance/drill team and I took a trip over to Hawai'i and we visited the Polynesian Cultural Center. I felt such a strong spirit there and I felt like I wanted to belong there. I tried my best in getting admitted to BYU-Hawai'i just so I can dance over at the PCC, which meant making up 4 years of seminary work and taking college classes two weeks after I graduated high school. Just when I thought I couldn't do it anymore, I got admitted and I was on my way of making the biggest change in my life. BYU-Hawai'i helped me live the standards I wasn't used to living and most importantly, it surrounded me with good people that had the same values as me. About half a year later I found myself deciding to go on a mission, which was shocking for me, my parents, and anyone that knew me. Once I started my mission, that's when I realized that it was the best decision I could've made. I have NEVER been this happy before in my life and nothing can compare to the experiences I've had. I am a Mormon because I have come to learn that I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father who knows each and every one of us personally. He had a plan for me and it was much better than what I had planned for myself. Agency has to be one of the BEST gifts that He has given us. That freedom to choose for ourselves helps me see how much trust and love He has for us.
Dancing is something I am very passionate about. It was through dancing that Heavenly Father used to "lure" me back onto the right path. It has been my own personal form of escape from my everyday troubles and worries. Little did I know that it would help others just as much as it has helped me. On my mission I have been given the opportunity to share my talent of hula dancing to others and it has been a blessing to know that I could help bring happiness and joy to them through the Spirit. I've learned that talents aren't meant to be selfish possessions that are kept to yourself, but rather are meant to be shared with those around you.
Words can't express how much I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so I decided to just show it through my actions and serve the Lord for 18 months.