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Hi I'm Latoya Au Paese

I was born in Hastings, New Zealand. I come from a family of 12. I'm Samoan & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey Everyone! =) My Name is Latoya. I am 19 and I was born in Hastings, New Zealand. I come from a big loving, Samoan family of 12. I am now currently living in the beautiful country of Australia. First of all I am eternally grateful for the many wonderful blessings that I have in my life such as my family, my friends and the Gospel. I love my family. They are my world and without them i don't know where I would be today! I have a love and passion for Dance. I love playing sports and keeping fit and trying my best to stay physically active when I can. I love doing community service and helping people. The fun and joy and the spirit that comes from serving others is just over whelming and is such a great feeling. I love spending time with my family. I love meeting new people and making new friends and trying new things. I also love music. Who doesn't? lol! I'd love to explore the world. I have a fascination of people in their everyday lives and their cultures and their way of life. I love adventure. I love learning new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in The Gospel. So the Gospel has been apart of my life ever since I can remember. My parents were converted way before I was born. Being apart of the Church I would say has been of great influence to me as well as my family. It has played a huge role because The Church has blessed me and my family in so many ways. I choose to be a member of the Gospel because I believe that it is True. That pretty much says it all for me. The Gospel, The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter - Day saints is True. I choose to be a member because it makes me happy and that is true happiness. Most people know us members as the "happy people", and that's true! we are happy because we as members have all experienced great blessings and still continue to receive such great blessings because of the Gospel such as the blessings of Eternity with our families after this life. The blessings of having the knowledge of the Gospel. The blessings of knowing that we have a Father in Heaven that loves us and cares for us and The blessings of having the Priesthood. I am a Mormon because The Gospel has helped me to become a better person. It has helped me to come to know of all these wonderful blessings that are set for us but only if we remain faithful in keeping the commandments of God and enduring to the end. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy and to know that I have found that which is true. I have been blessed knowing that I can be with my family forever, after this life and that's what i want. I am a Mormon because of what i read in the scriptures. I believe the Prophets from Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson are true Prophets of God and are called to the work. I believe that Joseph Smith did see the Father and his Son Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove. I also believe that Jesus Christ, who was sent by God did die on the cross for you and I so we can be able to return to our Father in Heaven. I believe in the Gospel, because I know that it true. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

About 5 months ago I received a Calling within my ward to become one of the Ward Missionaries. A ward missionary is like a missionary but is only called to serve those within the ward and to help the full time missionaries who are serving in the ward by attending missionary lessons with investigators or members with the ward, and just helping out the ward members and the missionaries as much as we can. I sometimes go with the missionaries and participate in lessons with person/s who want to learn more about the Church. I attend Ward Missionary meetings to see how we can help the missionaries, members or non - members more.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Latoya Au Paese
Our families provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life. In our families we love, serve, teach, and learn from each other. We share our joys and our sorrows. Family ties may bring us difficult challenges, but they also give us strength and some of our greatest happiness. The family is central to God’s plan for His children. It is also the central unit of society and the means for bringing children into the world where they can be loved, provided for, and taught truth and righteousness (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”). While we cannot choose the conditions of our birth, we can choose each day to make our families stronger and happier. It is possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. Show more Show less