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Hi I'm Keola

I'm of Filipino, Dutch and Chinese heritage; I can speak a little Samoan, I'm from Australia and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in South Australia and moved to Melbourne when I was four. I'm of Filipino, Dutch and Chinese heritage. In 2010 to 2012 I served a two year mission for the Church in the New Zealand Wellington Mission, where I learned to speak what little Samoan and Maori I know today. Currently, I work full time for a large logistics company in Melbourne as the Operations Supervisor at one of their intermodal terminals. In 2013 I was married and sealed in the Apia Samoa Temple. I enjoy reading, watching movies and hanging out with family and friends - I like to be sociable and spend time outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

We are born into the faith of our parents; both my parents were active members of the Church when I was born. My Dad had previously been a Catholic, while my mother has been a member from a young age. Although my parents encouraged us to attend Church with them, there came a time when I had to decide for myself, unfortunately that decision came after leaving the Church for a few years. One day, a close friend of mine asked me why I continue not to come to Church - and the conversation went a little like this: Friend: Why don't you come to Church? Me: The Church just isn't for me. Friend: Have you ever read the Book of Mormon? Me: Bits and pieces here and there. Friend: Never from cover to cover? Me: No. Friend: If you haven't read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover, you don't know much about the Church and therefore you cannot say it is not for you, since you haven't given a full chance. She made sense. So I accepted the challenge to read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover. Since finished the Book of Mormon, I returned into full activity in the Church, even to the point of serving a mission. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. Having read it from cover to cover, there is no way that this could be just the work of an uneducated young man - he had divine assistance. It does containers God's word. The Book of Mormon is convincing evidence of the reality of God and that he has once again shown his love for his children by restoring the fulness of the Gospel. I know this Church is the only true Church of Jesus Christ and that it has all truth but more than anything else, I choose to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith is much more than just attending church services on a Sunday, it is part of my lifestyle. Everything I do, I try to do it with an eye single to our purpose of coming here on earth. There are bad days and there are good days and my faith helps me appreciate the blessings in my life. In 2013 I was married and sealed in the Apia Samoa Temple to the most wonderful girl - whom I met as a direct result of exercising my faith and choosing to serve a proselyting mission for the Church.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Keola
Because it's the word of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Keola
Joseph Smith once taught that a man filled with the love of God won't be content in blessing his family alone but will want to range through the entire human family and bless them. The reason why I came on my mission for the Church and proselyted was this: we have the restored Gospel, given to us by a prophet called of God. This Gospel has blessed my life and I know it will bless others and so I want to share it. Through the restored Gospel, all the truths of God for us have been revealed - of course we should share this with others, so that they too may enjoy the fullness of the light the Gospel of Christ can bring. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Keola
Jesus Christ showed a great example to all people why authority is important for baptism. Throughout the province of Galilee and Judea, there would have been many of the priestly family, Pharisees and Sadducees - all who would have professed to have authority. But Jesus knew they didn't. Instead, he walked the many miles to go to John the Baptist, the only man in the region that had the authority to baptise. The Kingdom of God is a kingdom of order. Jesus taught that a house or kingdom divided against itself would fall. Therefore it makes sense, that there would be divinely recognised authority, namely the Priesthood. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Keola
The Book of Mormon was written by many authors but was compiled by a prophet named Mormon, who gathered all the records of his people and under the direction of God, chose which writings to compile that would be of most benefit to us in these days. The Book of Mormon is another witness of Christ and is not a testimony for Mormon. Just as the Bible contains writings of ancient prophets and other inspsired writers, one could maybe call the Bible, the Book of King James - since it was under his direction, that the current Bible we use, was compiled. It does not mean the Bible would be a testimony of King James but rather saying, it was he who compiled it. Same with the Book of Mormon. It does testify of Christ. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Keola
Just like you cannot with absolute certainty determine if a cake is actually delicious before eating it, you cannot say whether "Mormonism" is true or false if you haven't properly investigated it. Jesus Christ taught that we are to beware of false prophets in our day. That there would be many who would try and lead us astray - but he added, by their fruits you shall know them. The Book of Mormon is a fruit whereby you can know if Joseph Smith really was called of God or not. It is something you can hold, compare to the Bible, scrutinise it - anything. If you read the Book of Mormon with an open heart and mind. God will show to you, that this Book and by way of implication, this Church is true - by answering your prayer of faith. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Keola
It's not that what we do inside the Temples are secret, but rather they are sacred. It's not that Temple attendance is restricted to only certain individuals, the Temple is open to every member who prepares themselves. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Keola
Joseph Smith is not worshipped; he is often revered and respected as being the prophet of the restoration. He always taught of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and how we can draw closer to Them. The name of the Church bears the name of Jesus Christ, we minister in the name of Jesus Christ, we pray in the name of Jesus Christ - all that we do is centered on the worship of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Keola
There are those out there who do understand our doctrines or our beliefs - they have labelled us a cult. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormons, are Christians. Jesus Christ is at the very centre of our faith. Though some of our doctrines and practices may be unique to us (we don't drink tea or coffee) we do share a lot of common beliefs with other Christians. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Keola
In the first chapter of Acts, we see that under the direction of Peter, Matthias was chosen to fill the vacancy left by Judas. Why would this vacancy need to be filled, if the original 12 were sufficient? Paul, in a letter to the Ephesians taught them that the Church of Christ is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets - he did not say, "the foundation of *the* apostles and prophets". Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Keola
As Christians we love and adhere to the teachings taught in the Bible. However, we also have an additional witness that Jesus is the Christ, that is the Book of Mormon. Because of this book that differentiates us from other faiths, we have been nicknamed Mormons. But please, do not let this nickname confuse you - Jesus Christ is at the very core and centre of our Church and our faith. Show more Show less