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Hi I'm Alani

I'm from the North Shore of Hawaii. I'm a middle-aged pharmacy student. I'm a husband and a father of three. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of five children. My father and mother met each other at the Church College of Hawaii (currently BYU-H). My father is from the little village of Folaha, located in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga. My mother is of Caucasian heritage from the west coast of America. Both of my parents are converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They met due to my mother's love for polynesian dancing (especially the Hula). That was one of the major factors in her choosing to attend CCH, where my father was one of the polynesian dance instructors at the Polynesian Cultural Center at that time! They were soon married and raised our family in Hawaii. I have two brothers and two sisters. I served in the military straight out of high school, spending three years in the greater Washington DC area. That was followed with my two-year LDS mission in New Zealand. Upon completing my mission, I attended college in the Great Northwest, where I met and married the love of my life. We now live in Arizona and have three wonderful children: Girl/boy twins (2nd grade) and a younger daughter (1st grade). I am currently pursuing my PharmD degree to become a pharmacist while my wife is working on her Masters in Social Work.We are a very busy family and we spend any free time focused on outdoor activities centered mostly on our family/children. It is a wonderful life!

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I never really felt pressure from my parents to maintain that membership. They basically raised me to always "do what is right." One of their basic teachings, however, was to always put the Lord first in my life, with the promise that I would continue to receive the blessings I need if I did so. While there have been periods of church inactivity in my life, I have never forgotten that basic principle, and I firmly believe that my parent's teachings are the foundation of my own testimony of the truthfulness of this Church. I know now that in my youth, I relied on the faithfulness of my parents until such time that I could really start building my own testimony, which started shortly after leaving home following my high school graduation. During my time in the Army, I rarely attended church, but I continued to live the principles my parents instilled in me. It was on my two-year LDS mission in New Zealand where my own testimony was truly fortified, and I know that my testimony is stronger today because it has been strengthened with my own experiences. This is Jesus Christ's Church which has been properly restored on the earth in these latter days, and He leads it by way of His living prophets and apostles who are the main instruments in His hands that He uses to ensure we can return to Him. That is how He blessed us with The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Christ; it is also how He has restored His true Priesthood back to His children. I am grateful for these and many other blessings He has blessed me with, especially for His Atoning Sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemane, which encompasses all life everywhere. I am also especially grateful for the blessing of being sealed for time and all eternity to my wife and children in His Holy Temple. That is truly a blessing beyond measure and one I wish all to enjoy. I leave my testimony with you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.

How I live my faith

I prefer to live my faith through example. I do my best to treat others as I would have them treat me, while doing my best to not be judgmental. I am by no means perfect, and I realize that I will only achieve perfection through Christ's all-encompassing Atonement. This helps me during those times when we have to make those important decisions that impact our family the most, like deciding to go back to school to obtain my Pharmacy degree at my 'advanced' age. Having faith in Christ and doing my best to live by His teachings makes the big hard choices much easier, knowing that He loves me and wants me to be a successful husband, father and source of light and comfort to my friends and peers. It also helps me maintain a more 'human' perspective in life; I understand that God loves EVERYONE, even those who don't know me, don't care about me, don't like me...He loves everyone. It's funny because most of the people my wife and I interact with on a daily basis frequently tell us, "I can't believe you're mormons! You're the nicest mormons I've ever known. You are always willing to help and I never feel like you're trying to get me baptized to be a mormon. You're not what I thought mormons are supposed to be." Their amazement increases when I tell them I teach the 'advanced' adult Sunday school class (Gospel Doctrine) at church. "You don't seem like the Sunday school teacher type" is their usual response, followed by "You must know a lot about the Bible." And then I tell them that most of the members sitting in my class are much more knowledgeable than I, being former bishops, seminary teachers, mission presidents, etc. I explain that our classes are more like 'group sessions' where we encourage input from all, because we all have something valuable to add that may of an answer to someone else's prayers. I like these conversations with my friends the most because they are opportunities for us to learn more about each other and grow as friends. That's how I live my faith.