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Hi I'm Tauvasa

I was born & raised in Zion. I'm Samoan so inevitably, I have a huge family.. but I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am my family. I cannot see myself having got to where I am or getting any further than where I am, without them. I was raised in a home filled w/ laughter & music. Needless to say, I love to laugh & the sound of fingertips tapping piano keys is one of my favorite sounds. I love playing the piano, guitar & attempting to sing. I was in choir in high school but I think I only made the cut because of the false assumption that all Samoans can sing. I can make balloon animals... actually, I can only make one. I attended UMKC for 2 years but put college on hold to come home & help my parents w/ their financial load in 2007. I am the oldest of 4 children & the aunt of many nieces & nephews & yes, I am their favorite. I spend most of my time w/ my siblings & friends just hanging out. I'm pretty chill & enjoy the simple things... especially food.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 9, my family was struggling & had just left a troubled stage in our lives. My parents, though fallen away for awhile, had previously been baptized into the church but my sister who was 8 at the time & I had not. In search of the peace they remembered feeling w/in the LDS church, my parents contacted the missionaries & asked them to teach lessons to my siblings & I. Our family started attending church regularly, the elders taught us how to pray & slowly but surely, we were able to stand firmly on our own 2 feet again. A few months later, my father received the Melchizedek priesthood & the following week, was able to baptize me & my sister. A year later in the winter of 1998, I was sealed to my family for time & all eternity in the St.Louis Temple. The day I tasted of the beginning of eternity w/ my family continues to be the best day of my life. I am Mormon because in the 13 years I've been a member, the Mormon faith has been the only thing that remained constant in my life. We fall short at times like everyone else, but I have never seen my family more happy than when we remember the Lord & our home is reared in harmony w/ the Gospel's teachings.  Through the whisperings of the Holy Ghost, I have been assured that this is indeed the Lord's church. I can think of no greater happiness I've felt than in knowing that there is a God & He sent me here for a purpose & even better, that He provided a way for me to return to Him again. I know that Christ lived, that He still lives & that because He lives, I am able to live too. I love this Gospel & am eternally indebted to our Heavenly Father for blessing me w/ joy it continually brings into my life.

How I live my faith

I am a pianist in my ward. It's a less demanding calling but it gets me motivated to come to church & although acapella music is nice, I always prefer the accompaniment of the piano. I am blessed to have a large family & group of friends who are all LDS so living the Gospel's teachings isn't usually a struggle. Living my faith does however, take some work when things seem to unravel. It is through studying the scriptures, constant prayer, attending church, fulfilling my calling & always doing my best to choose the right that I receive solace. Regardless of my imperfections, I try to always set a positive example to those whose lives I come in contact with, LDS or not, by remembering who I am & who I represent. I love my Savior & I love His sheep & I live my faith by striving to constantly show that love in everything I do.