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Hi I'm Beverlee

I was born in Samoa, grew up in New Zealand and now live a simple quiet life in Arizona. I'm a wife, a mother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a working professional in the automotive industry for the last 30 years. Most recently my family relocated to Arizona to "slow down" and eliminate some of the stresses in our lives such as congested freeways and 12 hour work days. I like to bake, spend time in the garden, do home improvement projects and research interesting places around the world that I would like to visit when I finally retire. My favorite times are when our immediate family gets together every Sunday for dinner to catch up with what's going on in everyone's lives. Since my extended famly is now spread out all around the world, we organize family reunions every 2 years. So far our reunions have taken us to the mountains of California, allowed us to sleep in little grass shacks on the beach in Samoa, and enjoyed the peaceful lazy lifestyle of Laie on the North Shore of Oahu. It is an opportunity for our children to meet each other and know and appreciate each generation. It makes us proud to know "who we are" and "where we came from". Hopefully these gatherings will allow us to instill in our children that their choices in this life will determine where they are going and that by having faith in Jesus Christ and living the teachings of the Gospel, these reunions will continue into eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. At a very young age, my parents sacrificed everything they had to move us from Samoa to New Zealand so that my brother and I could have a good education. We were poor and my parents both worked (sometimes two jobs) to provide for us. Every Sunday we would meet for family dinner at my grandparents’ home with all my aunts, uncles and cousins. We had a large extended family (as most Samoans do). These are some of the happiest memories that I have. As a young child I was taught the principles of the gospel and the importance of eternal families. After the Hamilton, New Zealand temple was dedicated in 1958, we were able to be sealed together as a family for all eternity. Although the gospel was ingrained in my soul, I became inactive as a young adult. The ways of the world were tempting and I stopped attending church. The following 25 years of my life are a true testament that my Heavenly Father knows and loves me, because even though I became a wayward child, he always blessed me with everything that I needed to succeed. I believe that through my parents’ faithfulness, prayers and commitment to serve, I received blessings because of them. Tragedy struck our family when my brother became ill and passed away at the age of 53. When he died, it was like I became a different person. I envisioned that in the pre-mortal life, my brother had told us that he would make the choice to go first so that my heart would be touched and my testimony strengthened. I was truly “converted” in my 50’s even though I was baptized at 8. The plan of salvation is real and by making the right choices and being obedient, it can apply to everyone on this earth.

How I live my faith

What I love the most about the Mormon church is it’s organization. No matter where you are around the world, meetings are consistent, the same lesson is taught in Sunday School in Arizona, as in Hawaii or New York. It is also a privilege to be “called” into a position and be able to serve others. My current calling is the education and music counselor in Relief Society which is the women’s organization whose goal is to 1. Strengthen marriages, families and homes 2. Stand for truth and righteousness 3. Delight in service and good works By being part of the congregation - or "ward family" there are other women who partner up, kind of like a buddy system and we look out for each other. If someone is going through hard times or challenges with their kids, their jobs, health issues, really any thing that any of us go through, there is a built in network of friends who rally around and come to the rescue, usually without being asked. This is the true spirit of charity and it is demonstrated in each one of these women, every day. Daily scripture study and prayer, living the word of wisdom and loving and serving your neighbors is how I try to live my life.