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Hi I'm Arouma

Born in Samoa, a mother of 7, and a grandmother of 3, currently living in Queensland, Australia and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a happy mother of 7 children. We have 3 blessings added to our family from other families 2 sons and a daughter. We are grandparents to 3 grandchildren who keep us fit and young every time they visit. I love reading any good educational books, but I find reading my scriptures daily helps me through the day's events. My favourite sports in younger years, were soccer, softball, netball, tennis and volley ball but now at 50 plus with athritis on both feet, I'm just content at walking in a warm pool. I am a retired Diability Support Worker of more than 10 years, with a 4 year Nursing training background.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a loving Christian family and although I loved the Lord and read the Bible regularly, my questions weren't answered. Our dedicated Minister tried to teach me one on one but I was still in the dark about many things. My parents were loving and understanding, who taught me lifelong values of honesty and respect for the elderly and they brought me up to a routine of going to school during the week and to Church on Sundays and being law abiding citizens. In the next village my future husband was brought up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, but it wasn't until I met my Sweetheart in NZ, who started to teach me about the Plan of Salvation, that I immediately felt as if a missing piece of a puzzle is found. and my life hasn't been the same since. I love how the Church puts the Family First in all its programmes to help parents and children along their life's journey, taking care of their physical and spiritual needs. They teach us strong values and high morals to be better citizens and a contributing member of the community. The first thing that made me feel at home was when I first visited their church building for church on Sunday and everyone came up to me and made me feel genuinely at home. I pray that whoever reads my story shall investigate for themselves why we call ourselves "happy and loving people.

How I live my faith

I love doing the Lord's work by accepting any assignment from the leaders to serve. I am currently teaching youth aged students once a week, called Seminary but as Homestudy, for those who couldn't make it each morning. Here they learn about the true doctrines of the Church and how to apply the principles in their daily lives using the approved Church scriptures. I try to study daily for these lessons and collect their assignments weekly to mark and grade their work and chase up if they are doing their scripture reading or not. The 9 youth in my class are so amazing how they manage to do their seminary work as well as their school assignments and homework. They tell me that they enjoy seminary classes each Tuesday evening. to boost their spiritual batteries and preparing them for the week and its challenges. I love my other calling of visiting the women in church, where Im paired off with another lady then monthly we visit 2 or 3 women in their homes to share a spiritual message from the Prophet or President of the Church, and offer to help her around the house if needed. If its a big need then we refer the concern to our women's organisation's leader. e.g asingle working mum of 2 boys requested help with her shifting house so we all arrived early Saturday morning and did 3 shifts of 2 hours each at cleaning her house, after packing and taking her furniture in trailers by the men. It was a great sisterly bonding event, while assisting the needy.

What is the Relief Society?

Arouma
It is the oldest and largest Women's Organisation in the whole world. I love and honour my membership in the Relief Society. It has taught me my worth as a daughter of God. My membership started when I got baptised in the Church over thirty years ago. Each week on our Sunday Church meetings our last class is Relief Society, where I feel grateful to the teachers for teaching me how to be a better mother at home on how to communicate better with my children, and how to be an influential wife in our marriage. I love the sisterhood we have as it makes me feel validated and loved, and with that love I trust my sisters in the relief society to assist me whenever I need help from a delivered cooked meal when I had my babies to cleaning my house when i was incapacitated in a wheelchair. But the most vivid memory I have of when two of these sisters picked me up wheelchair and all to take me for a trip to visit the Temple 3hours drive there and back. The most overwhelming time of my life was when I was called to be the President of our Ward's Relief Society. I remembered that I put my whole trust in the Lord who helped me throughout the 2 years I was privileged to serve the Lord. It involved weeping with them when trials were unbearable, laughing with them when we couldn't fix the flat tyre, even sitting up with them all night as I tried with my counsellors to comfort them in their loss of a loved one.Those memories are irreplacable and were meant for me to experience His hand in it. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Arouma
To me my lifestyle as a Mormon is full, lively and exciting. To some of my non mormon friends they think I am weird, boring and too spiritual. But I find that when I wake up each morning and start my day with a prayer of gratitude, read and ponder on my scriptures, I find that my day goes smoothly and no matter the stressful situations that may confront me at home or at work I am more able to deal with it effectively and with an attitude of I cant fix everything but I can try and find a solution to it , and if i cant then my Father in Heaven is only a prayer away, or I'll phone a friend. My week as a mother and carer to my husband, starts Sunday with 3 hours of Church where in the first hour I renew my covenants with my Savior by participating with Sacrament meeting, then listening to the inspired speakers for the day teaching us members how to live more Christlike lives, so I can strive to apply it to myself and in my family during the week., then Sunday school where we learn the doctrines and principles of the Gospel,followed by the last class where I learn how to improve on my motherly duties. On Mondays we have Family Home Evenings, then Tuesday evenings I do my calling.. as a Seminary teacher for Homestudy students once a week. Wednesdays evenings I take my son to his Youth activities, as my other older ones go to their Institute classes. Thursday is our Temple day for my husband and I, the pinnacle of my faith. Friday's shopping and Saturday we are ready for Sunday. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Arouma
The Husbands are very important to the Lord's Plan of happiness, especially when they use their Priesthood to teach their families the importance of Temples and in due time enter therein to be sealed by those in authority for all time and eternity.. I am so grateful to have a husband who strives to perform his duites in our marriage and in our home each day we have spent together, over 39 years so far. A husband plays a very important role in the typical Latter Day Family, he holds the Priesthood which is the authority of God bestowed on worthy males of the true Church. With that priesthood they learn and strive to live the oaths and covenants of the Priesthood which means in lay terms that he is to preside over the family in faith and righteousness. He together with his wife are to nourish and care for their children's physical, emotional and spiritual needs among others. He has to gather his sweetheart and children each morning and night for family prayers, each Monday evenings or another practical evening to their needs, for Family Home Evening for learning more of the teachings, hugs and refreshments. also he is responsible to take their family to Church each Sunday. Since my husband was first injured at work then later suffered permanent injuries in our car accident, I've learned to do some of his duties, I have grown to appreciate the husband's role in the family. In his good days he would help me with the dishes while i would jump out and put petrol in our car. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Arouma
The law of Chastity is a very improtant commandment of God, where we are taught to keep ourselves virtuous by living morally clean lives, including being chaste meaning refraining from committing any sexual intimacy with a member of the opposite sex before marriage. Also within the marriage both husband and wife are to cleave to each other and not commit adultary but to remain faithful in their marriage vows enduring faithfully til the end. We are taught to dress modestly so as not to invite tempatation to ourselves. During the LDS youth years in Seminary(religious education) they are taught to avoid watching or reading any pornographic media and literature, as that will allow inappropriate feelings within them that will eventually lead them to break the law of chastity. Show more Show less