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Hi I'm Nani

I grew up in a small town in Washington state. I went to a local college and now serving a mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I moved around a lot when I was younger with my birth mother and brothers. I finally ended up in a small town and finished high school there. I loved playing sports in high school and still love playing them. I like staying active as much as possible so I am not bored. I love scrapbooking and using my imagiation to make things, even when I cook or bake. I find a lot of joy out of all of these things. I also like to go camping and the outdoors. I went to a community college and graduated from there and now I am serving a mission. My family has been a big support in my life, I was adopted when I was about twelve years old and are so close to them. My life has been a struggle in some parts, but I have looked at the things that have made my life so much stronger. My family has played a big part of that. I am the fourth child of six and there are four girls and two boys. I do not know where I would be if it was not for my family's love for me.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about twelve years old I was adpoted. Before that I lived with my birth mom, step dad and three brothers. It was hard being the only girl, but I found ways to help me get through that. One way was going to church. I grew up being a Mormon and the blessings that I have received through my trials have been so helpful. I went to a lot of church activities and to church, but sometimes I did not feel the need to go so my mom would just let me stay home. There came a point in my life where I knew something was different about my family than others that were in the church. I had to follow my faith that the Lord would help me and help me get through this hard time. That is when a family in my ward could see the diffculities in my life and wanted to help. My family was moving and with all my faith I knew I had to stand up for what was right. I was in sixth grade and this was so scary to do, but I knew I would be blessed. This family in the ward answered my prayers and I was adopted by them. There have been many more experiences that I have had that I needed help with and I knew I could not do it alone. I have tried to do it alone my first year of college and stopped going to church, but doing so I was not happy at all and did not feel at peace with myself. I knew that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is what made me happy. After a year I finally went back to church and my faith continued to be strenghtened. There has been so many times in my life were the Lord could of turned his back on me, but He did not. He loved me so much and knew what strengthen and faith I had. Two years after coming back I am now serving a full time mission for the Lord.

How I live my faith

In my small town there are many things that I can do to serve others. Growing up where everyone knows everyone, the church youth would do serve projects for others around the town. Then I was not so sure about serve and how I felt about it. Looking back now I am so glad I went to elderly people's homes and helped them or baked a good for the school. Something so small can make a difference in someone's life. I served as many youth leaders growing up and doing that helped me grow because of the example I set for the younger girls. I have a younger sister and brother, they look up to the older siblings and I knew that and sometimes I would forget about it. But I was always reminder by my parents' example or even there example. In college I went to the single adult ward and taught a class there. This calling really helped me grow and to strengthen my faith. I loved serving others around me. One day when I was teaching I got a feeling I needed to go on a mission, but I was playing a sport game and messed up my knee really back. I could not go on a mission, but I knew I needed to. There were so many in my ward that helped me to strengthen my knee and faith. It was amazing and I was able to get better and serve the Lord.