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Hi I'm Vaiari

Married to my best friend for 18 years and we have 3 amazing sons. I love movies, sports, music and culture and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am New Zealand/Cook Island decent. I was born in New Zealand but raised in Australia. I am the second eldest of 11siblings of which 7 I have grown up with. I have been married for 18 years. I married young and it hasn't been easy but it has definitely been worth it. We have three beautiful sons, they are my pride and joy. I am a stay at home mother as I don't think that you can put a value on being there in the mornings when they leave for school or being there in the afternoon when they walk through that door and them knowing that there is someone there waiting for them to hear all about their day. I loved that when I was young, it didn't happen often as both my parents worked, but those days when my mum was home were really comforting. I grew up playing basketball, participating and performing cultural arts. I have grown up in a very multi-cultural community so having a strong cultural background has been a very big part of my life. Some of my greatest experiences in life are due to participating in cultural arts programs and events. I got to travel overseas dancing, teach dance at schools and even open up my own shop where I sold my own art work and art work of other local artists.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a fifth generation member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have grown up my entire life being surrounded by it's influence. As an adult you get to choose whether or not you wish to live the standards and teachings of this gospel unlike as a child you are at times forced to live it's teachings. So when I became of age and decided for myself I knew that a gospel centred life is what I needed to keep me focused and grounded as I tend to be rather impulsive, and at times erratic and have gotten myself into some situations that I am not proud of. Especially now, as a mother of two teenage sons who are enquiring for themselves what their purpose in life is I am more grateful for the direction and purpose being a member of the church gives me. I find great comfort and strength as a mother and as a wife through being a member of the church. I struggle as a home maker, as a mother and a loving wife, but I am continually strengthened by those around me, those that lead me and direct me and by what I learn through the teachings of our prophets through the scriptures and my greatest source of strength and comfort is through the power of prayer. I make mistakes on a daily basis, I often fall short as a wife and mother, but I have an amazing husband who is patient, kind and forgiving and loves me imperfections and all. The beautiful thing about my sons is that they too are forgiving and accepting of me and my carry-ons. Some days they don't like me, but I know they love me which is more precious to me than anything. I know that we would have this unconditional love if we didn't have the teachings and background that we have. I love my Lord and Saviour and I know that he not only loves me, but that he knows me. The times when I have turned my back on him have been my darkest days ever and I don't ever want to be that lonely ever again.

How I live my faith

Currently I am the seminary teacher. This is my first year teaching seminary and when I was called I was petrified. I even cried thinking I was inadequate and unprepared and just scared out of my mind. I didn't know the first thing about teaching the scriptures, I hadn't even read them all. I was comforted by the fact that my son was now on his third year in seminary and my middle son would be starting his first year, so I wasn't the only new one. The one thing that I did know was that I loved the youth, I was seving in Young Women's which I loved and was devastated about being released. I had also been blessed to have gone on the previous youth temple trip with all those enrolled so I was very familiar with them and their families. So half way through the year now and although there were tears in the begining it has all been worth it. Sometimes I get a little too carried away and forget that I am there to teach the youth rather than myself as I am so excited about all that I am learning. Some days are easy, some are great, some are hard and trying, but I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and hopefully share some of this new knowledge with these beautiful young minds. I am blessed to have a loving, kind and supportive husband. He wasn't a member when we met, but through my sharing my testimony of the temple he gained a desire to learn. He is now serving in the District Council and is my spiritual strength and constant support. So our home is full of the things we love both spiritual and cultural. We pray and read daily as a family and have been doing this for over 2 years now and there is such a major difference in our lives because of these simple principles. We have a simple Monday evening together as a family which we are all enjoying, we've been doing this for the past year now and have seen our family grow closer from it.