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Hi I'm Maelani

I was born in Hawaii and I'm an Arizona girl through and through. I have a passion for life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an 18 year old girl on a journey to becoming myself. Everyone goes through it but you never really understand what it means until you're here. I love to Ballroom Dance and often waltz in my kitchen when I'm home alone. I get competative in sports even though I'm not very good, I guess I can thank my 5 big brothers for that! Being on the stage performing scares me to death because I am painfully shy by nature, yet I have been in 7 various plays and musicals in the past 3 years. It has become a passion of mine to take the areas of my life where I am weak and make them my strengths, and beyond that, turn them into something I love. I love to be with people, and above all I love to make people SMILE. When I meet someone my greatest hope is that their day was a little better because of me. This semester I started working as a respite care worker, which means I work with children who have developemental dissabilities such as Autism and Epilepsy. There is something about children that can soften the hardest hearts and that gives the world the true definition of unconditional love. I dream of family, I dream of having a home of my own, I dream of children to teach. I have a blended family with lots of siblings and step siblings, but they are all mine and I love them dearly. My big brother is my best friend in this whole world. I am a teenage girl with a purpose... and a destination.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? well, when I was 6 years old my parents got a dicorce. This has shaped my homes and my life and effected everything I have ever done. I have grown up in circumstances with hardships that were completely foreign to my friends at school. There came a point very early on in my life when it felt like the world was crashing down on my young shoulders and I was faced with a choice... I could have stopped trying, I could have walked away from everything and turned my back on the faith I grew up with, But I didn't. When I went to church and when I prayed and when I was with people living their lives the way God intended I felt an inexpressible peace and joy and HOPE. I realized that I could not control the past, I could not control my circumstances, and I could not control the actions and choices of others... but I could control ME. Since then, when I wake up every morning and choose to be happy, and I choose to be the best version of myself that I can be. I know that through the guidance, strength, love and redemption of Jesus Christ I can be happy now and for eternity. There is peace in knowing that families can be together forever. There is joy in knowing that I can pray for strength and Christ will be there to bear me up. There is hope in knowing that God has a plan for ME and he is mindful of ME and he loves ME...not just the human race as a whole, but us as individuals. I am a Mormon because I can know for myself that the things I learn are true. I am a Mormon because the way we live brings us happiness. I am a Mormon because there is no greater truthn or purer light than this gospel. We are taught to love, to serve, to give, to be humble, to pray, to create homes of peace and understanding, to build strong marriages that LAST, to trust in God, to be there for eachother, to come out of the storm stronger, to find the truth and align ourselves with it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by seeing just how much love I can give people. Part of my calling within the organization of the church in my area is to plan activities and service projects for the young single adults. We go out and work for those who cannot do the work themselves. We become the family of those who do not have one. We paint, pull weeds, help eachother move, get involved in projects with the city, be someone with a listening ear, babysit and make lots and lots of food. I am involving myself in the community by voting for men and women of integrity to hold offices in government and by being a member fo the community who can be trusted. I live my faith by the way I choose to live my life AT ALL TIMES, IN ALL THINGS, and IN ALL PLACES.