Hi I'm Pelenaise
First and foremost, I am the daughter of Tolofi and Vainikolo Kafu who originated from the island of Tonga. My parents both migrated to the US in 1988 the year I was born. My parents have been brought up in humble beginnings but one thing that was instilled in both of my parents is the love for God. My grandparents are an amazing example of there love for the Savior Jesus Christ. My dads side of the family are not members of the LDS church, they were faithful members of the Methodist church. But his conversion to the gospel was because of my mother who had such a strong testimony of the LDS faith. She had served a mission in Tonga and returning met my dad and knew that she was going to change his heart and now have been married for almost 20 years. Now here we all come along, 5 kids and one grand baby. I talk a lot of my parents only because the woman that I am today is because of them. I haven't been the most perfect person in my life but one thing I have learned through my parents love and example, is that the Savior lives and loves us. I know our father in heaven loves me, and its through the trying times I have witnessed time after time that he was there to carry me through it. No matter how stubborn, or weak I can be, he never failed me. I've come to understand a bit of that love from my earthly parents. So back to who I am? My name is Pelenaise Kafu, and my happiness is my family. I am no where near perfect, but I'm trying :)
Why I am a Mormon
I pretty much was born and raised in the church my whole life. I participated in all the church activities since I was in primary to youth which helped me understand who Joseph Smith is and why Jesus Christ is important. My testimony was something I was taught to say. I've faced many oppositions in my life where it tested my faith. There were times I questioned why was I was faced with these trials. I look back and I see that Heavenly Father knows our spirits before we even came to earth. He knew which family we would be placed in for our own personal growth. In order to fulfill our missions here I've realized our faith will always be tried. But my trials only brought me closer to knowing the Savior on a more personal level. I'm grateful for my trials because it humbled me enough to fall on my knees and ask for help. I can be so stubborn at times where I try doing things all on my own. But those moments when I open my scriptures and ask for help brought a peace that is indescribable. Those moments led me to find out for myself. So why am I a Mormon? in Moroni 10:3-5, if ye ask with real intent and have a desire to know if the Book of Mormon is true. I promise you that you will be given an answer. I've asked for myself and know without a doubt in heart that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints is the true church of God. I know Joseph Smith did see God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. He lives!! I challenge you to find out for yourself.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
Alma 34:32 talks about what our purpose here in life. That has helped me understand why I am here.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
One of the ways my prayers has been answered was my decision to serve a mission. I was conflicted with leaving my family behind, and school. I remember taking my question to Heavenly Father in prayer. I will never forget reading through D&C 6 and how clear my answer was. There is no doubt in my mind that I was prompted to serve. As much as it was a difficult decision for me because leaving my family without my income was a concern of making sure the bills were going to get paid. But I will never forget the impression that He was going to take care of my family. He kept his promise and I'm forever indebted to him.
How I live my faith
How I live my faith? By doing my best in living the principles and commandments of God. We may come off like were these perfect people but I assure you that we are just as imperfect. But I definitely know that living the way Heavenly Father wants us to live brings true happiness.