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Hi I'm Vanessa

I'm a wife, a mom, & a tutu of six. I work at a bank, dance hula, love Sudoku, my family is an eternal family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Hawaiian girl through and through. I love all kinds of music. From metal to country and techno to classical. I believe that my love of music came from my dad, especially when he's lounging listening to Frank Sinatra or Genoa Keawe. My mother taught me how to put together and sew a Hawaiian quilt and to make Hawaiian Stew. I am appreciative of my heritage and the legacy of my ancestors. I enjoy researching my family history and discovering who they were. My husband is from Finland. He became a Mormon about a decade ago and our family has gained so much from his choice. He is a welder and very good at what he does. He fabricates all kinds of things. He also likes to work on cars; his latest project was a dune buggy of which is Fuschia, well he calls it purple. We like to kayak. But our favorite thing to do is anything with our grandchildren and our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon. I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, during my teen years and the beginning of my married years, I was in-active and had many lost days. It was not until my twin boys were born that I found my spirit reaching out for something that was missing in my life. So I would pack up my four little ones and attend church, my husband didn't mind, as he went golfing. But along the way, of which the way was about 4 years long, he found that he was missing something in his life and felt the desire to have his spiritual cup filled. Watching him find his spiritual self has been a rejuvenating conversion for myself. Together we have found eternal meaning to our life, that we can be together forever, even into the eternities with our families, that there is more to what we are doing here than just living. I want to be and do as our Savior lived. Being Mormon has helped me find kindness, love, joy, humility, honesty, compassion, empathy, and integrity; making our life here on earth a much happier place. I want my heart to be a place for the spirit of the Lord to dwell. Being Mormon gives me that and for that I am truly grateful. Living the Gospel may be hard, but boy it will be worth it.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite things that I get to do is Young Womens Camp. It's a whole week of fun activities and spiritual growth for young women that are 12 years old to 17 years old. Currently I assist in putting events into action, from dances, dinners, and firesides for the youth. I love working with our young women and sharing with them the opportunities of what their potential is in this life. I attend church meetings every Sunday and continue to learn more every time I go. I do service activities in our communities; one I am passionate about is Relay for Life. I love saying my prayers and talking to my Heavenly Father. I love the faith that I have gained being a Mormon and the Lord has blessed me with the Holy Spirit to help me through this life by serving others.

Are Mormons Christians?

We base everything we believe in upon the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His example is the means by which we want to live our lives, it is our goal. By this shall the world know who we are; Christians, by definition, are those who believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ; we believe in God, the eternal Father and in his son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less