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Hi I'm Preston

I'm a USC Dentistry student, a Polynesian entertainer, a personal trainer, tennis player, a father of 3, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am originally from southern California. I am the oldest of three younger brothers. As one could imagine, athletics and outdoors adventure consume most of my childhood memories. During high school I started a moving company, and got my football teammates to work for me. This gave me the funds and opportunity to serve a two year mission for my church a few months after I graduated from high school. I was called to serve in Houston, Texas. I would not have traded anything for this opportunity, as it has forever strengthened my testimony of Jesus Christ and his gospel. I have lived in Greenwood, Indiana for the last two years, where I just applied to Indiana School of dentistry. My wife, Rachael, is going to school to become a dental hygienist there. Our dream is to open a dental practice together one day. As full time students and parents of our two, we have plenty to keep us busy. I am a personal trainer at the local gym and love to help people obtain their fitness goals. In my spare time I love playing tennis, basketball, touch football, playing with my children and getting together with family friends. I dread the cold winters of Indiana, but love to go home to California every summer to help in my family’s Polynesian entertainment company. We perform and cater in about 60 luaus every summer. It's great to work with family, and to teach people about our culture. My Samoan heritage has always been rooted deep within me.

Why I am a Mormon

“I belong to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I know who I am, I know God’s plan, and I’ll follow Him in Faith”. These are the words to a primary song that came to me while asking myself, “Why I am a Mormon”? The LDS faith has taught me who I am, as a son of my Father in Heaven. Through my membership in this church questions of the sole were answered, such as; where I came from before this life, what my purpose here on Earth is, and what happens to me after I die. I feel my Heavenly Father’s love for me as I study and ponder over the scriptures and listen to his prophets teach me about his plan for me and his children. I know that Christ is my Savior, and because of his atoning sacrifice I can return to His presence. I am far from perfect with many weaknesses and short comings, but as I repent and work to overcome trials I feel my saviors love and encouragement. I feel that this imperfect life, where temptations are all around give me an opportunity to really understand and draw closer to my savior. It is through effort combined with faith and prayer that I have not only learned more about Jesus Christ but felt His presence.

How I live my faith

Every member of the Mormon faith receives callings. These are opportunities to serve within your local congregation or ward, and range from different types of teachers to bishop, or building maintenance. No one is paid to serve, but it is these services that keep our local congregations running. My current callings are Home-teacher, Gospel Principals instructor, and Assistant Stake Athletic Director. As a Home-teacher I go to three families homes each month to see how they are doing and give them a quick Christ centered lesson. Almost every man in the ward home-teaches a few families, this way every family in the ward can serve and be served in case of specific a need or blessing. The class I teach is for people who are investigating our church. In this class I teach the core essential gospel doctrines that we believe in. The lesson includes topics such as faith, tithing, prophets, nature of God, His Plan, and so on. Lastly, as an assistant Stake Athletic director I help plan and execute stake basketball leagues, softball tournaments, and other sports activities for several wards, which combine to make a stake. Soon I will be released from these callings and given new ones. I also live my faith by teaching my children the gospel of Jesus Christ. One way we do this is through a program called Family Home Evening or FHE. Every Monday night we dedicate time to family. We start and end with a song and prayer, have a lesson, activity and some treats. We don’t always get to do this with our busy schedules, but its fun when we can. As members of the Mormon faith we enter into covenants such as baptism to show our commitment to Heavenly Father. A covenant is a two way promise between an individual and God. When I commit to live according to Gods laws, I can feel the influence of Gods promised blessings in my life. These commitments and blessings are very specific and important to my salvation. I hold these covenants sacred, and they are what direct the choices in my life.