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Hi I'm Kalei

I love football, I enjoy the beach, I'm a proud Hawaiian, and I'm a Mormon!...for life!

About Me

I hail from the island of Hawaii (aka The Big Island). I have a great and eternal family of 5. My mom and dad, my older brother, and my youngest brother. My dad passed away in 2006, but because of the gospel, I know that I will see him again...that is what I'm looking forward to. I graduated from high school and I am currently serving as a missionary, in the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission. I am the first to serve a mission and I LOVE my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason why I became a Mormon is because I chose to be. No one could really influence me, but myself. I was never pressured into the faith, but was kindly invited to learn and to understand. When the missionaries first came to my home, back in 2000, all I could really do was stare at them as they sat in my home. I was 10 years old at the time and I was so used to getting water for our visitors. But, when these missionaries came and sat down in our chairs, all I could do was stare. I couldn't recognize, at the time, that they had the Spirit with them and that it felt good. All I really could tell was that something was different about them and that they weren't like anyone else that I had ever seen before. Well, they taught my family and I the lessons and soon we were baptized. My older brother and I were baptized and then my youngest brother when he was 8 years old. My Mom, unbenounced to me, had already been baptized. I didn't find out until later, that my mother had been baptized when she was a teenager and fell away from the church. But now, she is back and she is in full throttle with the truth of the restoration. And after my brother and I were baptized, my father was later baptized a few months afterwards because he had some concerns about the prophet Joseph Smith. But, he resolved his concerns and then eventually became a member of this great gospel. Though I was baptized and became a member of this great Chruch, I have to tell the truth and say that I really wasn't converted...at that time. I was a member of the church, but I didn't have a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon. My testimony didn't come to me until my high school years were almost over. At that time in my life, my family had moved to another island, my father had passed away, and I was living in the dormitories at my high school. Anyway, one day as I was just doing nothing...I asked myself this question; "Do I believe in what I say I believe?" You know, there wasn't any stronger moment or question that had impacted my life so much that I was dumfounded. I couldn't give a truthful answer. So, I decided to do what was counciled to do in Moroni 10:3-5 of the Book of Mormon: "Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." And, when I did decide to read and to pray to know the truth about the Book of Mormon, Heavenly Father gave me my answer. He did not come to me in a vision and I did not behold his glory. But my spirit was lifted that day. The warmth that I felt in my little dorm room, filled my body from the inside-out. It felt as if the warmth was coming from my heart, to my bones, and then through my skin. It was as if my Father in heaven were giving me a hug and welcoming me and congratulating me for discovering the truth for myself. Now, I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and if the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith is a prophet and if he is a prophet, then the restored church of Jesus Christ is here upon the earth. I have my own personal testimony and witness that these things are nothing but TRUTH! God lives and His Son Jesus Christ is my Savior and that he has chosen a prophet, once again, to lead and guide his children on the earth. I highly encourage all who read my testimony to study these teachings out for themselves. The only true and right way that you will know of the truth, is if you simply search for it and ask God to help you. These things I leave with you and with the rest of the world, in the name of the Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by simply doing that...living. I know that in my past, I was kind of a hypocrite, but now that I know the truth, I strive every day to do what is right and to live according to the teachings of the gospel. More and more each day, life gets harder, but I know that my Savior is always with me and that if I think of him, as I'm going through those hard times, it makes life a lot easier for me. I strive to have the Savior's countenance in me every day. In order to be like the Savior, I must follow his footsteps, and he will lead me along the way. My life is my faith and my faith is eternal life.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Kalei
Yes, it is true! I have studied the Book of Mormon and have read from the Bible as well. Christ did manifest himself to those in the Americas at the time after his ressurection. He promised those that he was preaching to in Jerusalem saying, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." (John 10:16). Those living in the Americas, during that time, were the sheep that he was talking about. And look at each individual too. Christ will not deny you because you are not one of his people, but he will invite all to receive him and all those that receive and believe on his name shall have everlasting life. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and I know that Jesus Christ DID COME TO THE AMERICAS to teach and testify of his power and divinity to those who lived at that time. I know that he has come and that he will come again. This is my testimony, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Kalei
The authority is SO important. The authority of God is needed to do ordinances that He has required of us to do while on the earth. But, I think that the best way that I can explain this is by putting it into an analogy that makes sense. It's kind of like driving a car. Say you're driving down the freeway and you are going too fast...pretty much over the speed limit. Well, as you and I know, that is illegal and there are consequences. So, as you look in your rear view mirror, you see the lights on an ice cream truck go on and you hear the tune being played and the driver requests for you to pull over. Well, you get pulled over and given a ticket by the ice cream man. Now is that legal? Will that hold up in court? Probably NOT! Now, if a police officer caught you speeding and pulled you over, and then gave you a ticket, would that be legal? Would that hold up in court? MOST DEFINITELY! You see, God is a god of order and structure. I don't believe that He enjoys confusion in the least amount because I know that I don't like to be confused at all. Whenever my desk gets too filled with piles and piles of papers and becomes a big mess...I get frustrated. It is better to be organized and to have structure so that I can know where things are and what needs to be done. So yes...authority is important. That's why when Christ called His 12 Apostles, He didn't say, " Ok now that I have called you, you can go out and baptize." No, He had to give them the authority to do so. In Matthew 10:1, 7-8, it talks about Christ laying His hands upon the heads of His apostles and giving them that divine authority to perform these great ordinances and miracles, and to administer salvation to all. We need the authority to do these things! Show more Show less