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Hi I'm Matapuna

I'm Polynesian, married, and a mother. I am passionate about social work and humanitarianism.

About Me

Born in American Samoa, raised on Oahu's North Shore. Married to a Big Islander, mother to an energetic little boy with gorgeous hair and dirty feet. Tireless advocate and devoted family caregiver. Ocean lover, high school and college football fan, aspiring foodie and wanderluster. Served mission on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my father was raised in a strong LDS family, he has been less active for as long as I can remember. My mother, on the other hand, was raised in a staunch Catholic family, and upon meeting my father, decided to take lessons with the missionaries on her own, was baptized, and has been a faithful member of the LDS church ever since. I moved away from Hawaii after high school and became distant from spiritual things. As a test to see if what I was taught as a youth was true, which really was a test to see if God even existed, I returned home to Hawaii, and went back to school. I began fostering a relationship with a God I was still unsure even existed, by aggressively studying the scriptures, asking questions, praying daily, and serving others. The Spirit helped me to decide to prepare myself to receive a Patriarchal Blessing, which consequently led me to serve a full-time mission. The day I received my Patriarchal Blessing is when I truly felt converted to this church. It took exercising my faith in something I was still unsure of, to finally see the truth of it. Words cannot express the depths of the love I was feeling and the consoling knowledge that there truly is a God, who is my divine Father, who knew and loved me better than anyone else. I encourage anyone seeking answers to the deepest questions of their heart, to search, ponder, and pray. I pray that when Heavenly Father speaks to you, you will have the desire and courage to act on whatever He says.

How I live my faith

Aside from formal callings within the LDS church, I live my faith everyday by trying to exemplify the life, example, and teachings of Jesus Christ through my actions, thoughts, words, and choices. Christ lived a hectic, tumultuous, and short mortal-life, yet He bore his trials with humility, love, and sincere concern for others. I want to be as loving as He was and is, regardless if others even like or love me. The world today seems to display so much apathy for all things religious, and they mock the standards that Latter-day Saints live by. Personally, I do the best I can to live by these standards because I know what it is like NOT to live by them. Also, I do the best I can to respect the choices of others, the way they think, and the way they live. I am just as willing to learn about another's beliefs or faith, as I am hopeful that the same respect would be shown to mine.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

By teaching that sexual relations are exclusive to legally married couples. Heavenly Father wants His children to be happy and to experience this wonderful aspect of marriage, but within the limits that He has set forth because He knows us and knows Satan wants to hurt us with distortions of that special gift. Emphasizing the sacredness of the act, and the important role it plays in Heavenly Father's Plan for His children will hopefully change the overwhelming view today that pornography is okay and not harmful. Like any addiction, constant, concerted effort is vital to overcoming pornography.  Show more Show less