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Hi I'm Nani.

I was born in Hawaii, grew up in the Bay Area, and am now an editor in Washington, D.C. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love studying dead languages. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it really is a lot of fun. When I was twelve years old, I taught myself how to read Nordic runes (that's what the Vikings used to write in). When I went to school the next day, I taught my friends how to write in runes as well, so we could pass notes in class. We all became proficient in it, and when our teacher asked to see what we were writing, we gladly showed her. It was pretty fun to see the look of shock and confusion on her face. I like live languages, too. These are more useful. I can communicate with people without having to teach it to them first. I've studied Spanish, Japanese, Danish, and Thai. I also took some classes in Greek, but it was the dead Greek, not what people speak currently. I guess I'm not quite cured of my love for ancient writings.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is true. Before you were born, before the earth was created, before this galaxy was even formed, you lived. You lived with God. God is your father and mine. And he has a wife. She is your mother. And they have billions of children. We are all their children. When we are born, we forget what we knew before then. We forget that we had relationships, memories, and lives. We forget who we are. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the organization God has put in place to remind us of who we are and what we need to do while we are here. That's why I'm a member of this church. It's the one that God himself set up. It's the one our Father organized to remind us that we are His. And He loves us; don't ever doubt that.

How I live my faith

One thing I like to do is bring people closer to God. I do this in two different ways. I share my knowlege of His love with the people that I come in contact with (both members of the Church and non-members); I share the good news of the gospel, the news that God their Father has not forgotten them, that He loves them, and that He wants to be a part of their lives. And I do genealogy. How does genealogy bring people closer to God? Let me explain. When people die, their spirits leave their bodies. The body does indeed die, but the spirit lives on. Many people have died without knowing the truth about who they are and who God is. This, to me, is a tragedy. There is nothing more sad then not knowing the love of your Father in Heaven. When I research my ancestors, their names and histories, I give them the opportunity that they didn't have in life. I give them the chance to return to God. There are certain ordinances that need to be done in order to return to our Father, for example, baptism. It's all part of His plan. We can complete these ordinances while we are living, or other people can do them for us after we have passed on. This is called proxy ordinance work. By finding the names of those who have passed on, I can go to the temple and perform the ordinances for them. That way, they have not missed their chance; they still have the opportunity to live with God again.