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Hi I'm Leitoni Matakaiongo Tupou

I live in Juneau, Alaska and I am a Mormon

About Me

My life began in the Kingdom of Tonga, the oldest of twelve children born to my father, a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and my mother, a second generation member. Ten years later my parents sold everything they had, including their home, to take six children with them to the New Zealand temple to be sealed for time and all eternity. Upon our return to Tonga, I attended Tupou College (Toloa), a prestigious Methodist boarding school for boys. At the first assembly, the principal invited Catholics to stand up. Next, he invited those from other churches to stand. Then he said, "By any chance, is there anyone here who belongs to the Mormon Church?" I vividly remember the feelings that I had as I proudly stood, alone. After one year at Tupou College I transferred to Liahona High School where I graduated. I served a proselyting mission in Tonga. Afterwards, I attended Brigham Young Univeristy-Hawaii and obtained 2 degrees. Between degrees I returned home to teach at Liahona High School and played on the Tongan National Soccer Team. My hobbies include soccer, rugby, tennis, basketball and racquetball. I married my wife in the Salt Lake City temple and Alaska has been our main home while raising our 6 children. After retiring from the State of Alaska, Department of Corrections I have been a General Contractor, owned a travel business, started a family corporation and now work for Alaska Airlines.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I was born a Mormon. My parents shared with me their conviction. We lived a life style of having a family prayer day and night, daily family scriptures study, having regular family home evening on Monday nights, attending all our meetings including Sunday Meetings. I was taught to share what we have with others. We invite individuals and families to our home for family home evening and also invite them to be taught by the full time missionaries. I made covenants with God when I was baptized at 8 years old to remember him always, to take his name upon me and to always keep His commandment. Even though, I grew up with this life style, and was taught by goodly parents, I had to have my own conviction that this life style, belief and doctrine were divinely. I used what I was taught to find this out for myself, study the scriptures, ponder and pray Moroni 10:3-5. With God's love and mercy, I was given the answer by the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The testimony came that God lives, Jesus is the Christ, Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God and he saw the Father and the Son in the grove of trees. The Church of Jesus Christ was restored through him. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and it contains the fullness of the Gospel. We have a living prophet on earth and living apostles. The priesthood of God is now here on earth and many of us are now privileged to bear it. With this conviction, this is why I continue to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As I mentioned above, I live my faith by continuing to live a life style that reflect my belief. I personally study the scriptures on a daily basis, pray night and day, holding family home evening with my family weekly, attend all my meetings and magnifying my calling in the church. I am in constant looking for an opportunity to share the gospel with those that I come in contact with. I do my very best to keep all God's commandments. I love God and love my fellowmen and it is my hope that my actions reflect my conviction of these things. I love and enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren, my brothers and sisters and their children. It is my goal to live a life that reflect the teaching of Jesus Christ.