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Hi I'm TeAniwa

I am a Maori New Zealander , I live in Northland : and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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 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.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

TeAniwa
You have started, right here is where you have been given a brief glimpse of what you can have too. Read the profiles on this site. Somwhere near you is a 'Mormon' church called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Look in you phone directory and there listed is the person you can talk to. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

TeAniwa
The bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly and yes we do regard it as holy scripture, currently our sunday school study is the old testament, so many lessons to learn, so many examples of faith can be found within these pages. A seminary student once explained that BIBLE stands for 'basic instructions before leaving earth' Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

TeAniwa
no, we have each been given the gift of agency which is the freedom to choose, even with politics we are encouraged to read/study the agenda's of those who are seeking to be leaders within our communities/nation. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

TeAniwa
Through our young missionaries who're keen to share a spiritual message of peace and hope with everyone they meet, they offer to work around your home whether you are a member or not. Service is a high priority. Donations of medical aid, food and water wherever a disaster has happened the church is always quick to respond to the needs of others. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

TeAniwa
Anyone can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with regards to receiving the priesthood all worthy male members are eligible to receive the priesthood, emphasis on the word worthy...its not just given to them. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

TeAniwa
No, we help whom-ever and where-ever there is a need regardless of color, race, creed. That is the essence of helping others. Its a wonderful feeling to help others without expectations of reward or recognition. Jesus Christ is our greatest example of this...I want to follow His example. Show more Show less