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Hi I'm Meliani

I'm a mother. I'm a wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the 8th child of 10. My parents left Tonga and came here to the states in the early 60's to continue education and find a better life. They met when my mom was a return missionary and my father still a curious investigator of the church. My father knew their was something different about my mother the way she carried herself. He knew she was special by the way she stood for her morals and constantly shared her testimony with him of the glad message of truth and happiness. They fell in love, immediately began our family and worked hard towards creating an eternal happiness for generations and generations to come. I grew up as a faithful member in Utah my whole life, and had so much fun serving in youth callings and always being our ward organist. Music was a big part of my life and it helped lead me to my eternal companion today. While preparing myself to serve a full time mission at the age of 20, I helped organize a young adult choir with two of my best friends. After starting our choir, we had many return missionaries join, inactive young adults and anyone willing to share their testimonies through song. I met my husband as he returned home from a full time mission, we fell in love and were married and sealed for time and all eternity. Being a mother now of our two year old son, full time student and wife, I can't think of where my life would be without the gospel to help guide us through our daily tasks and hardships.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 14 years old when my sister and I decided not to heed to my father's council. Instead of attending piano we went home to hang out as usual.I wasn't aware that my brother was about to change our lives forever that day. He had found an armed shot gun tucked away in a closet upstairs and knew he had to unload it. He placed the gun on safety before unloading which automatically locked a bullet in the chamber. When pointing the gun towards the ground to put it away, his finger accidentally pulled the trigger and released the last remaining bullet through the floor, piercing me in the chest downstairs. I was in shock when hearing the loud shot and it wasn't until then that I realized I couldn't breathe. My brothers came running as fast as lightning and I became dizzy as I fell back on the bed. The crying, and panic of children filled the room and all I could remember thinking was, "Am I going to die?" I looked up gasping for air and my brother sobbed as he was instructed to apply pressure to the hole in my chest. My life flashed before my eyes and before I could panic, I felt a soft warmness take over my body. I never prayed so hard in my life. I pleaded with the Lord that if he would spare my life that I would dedicate my life to him and live as he would have me. The bullet ricocheted piercing my left lung, swiping my liver and stopped right before my left kidney. While being life flighted to the hospital, I kept praying amongst the noise, machines they were hooking up to me and the sobbing of my family. I knew that day that if the Lord were to spare my life, that he had a special plan for me. A plan of happiness and joy. A joy we can only feel through the gospel of Jesus Christ. After recovering two surgeries the doctors told us they had no idea how I survived but I truly was lucky to be alive. From that day I have turned my full trust, all my love and my life to the Lord and he has blessed me since. This is the day my testimony grew and why I am still a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I appreciate the role the gospel takes in our daily lives. Amongst the chaos of school, bills, parenting and life in general the gospel always finds a way to fill that void in our lives and serve as a constant reminder of our Saviors love for each and every one of us. The spirit truly works in mysterious ways and if we as members do as we are suppose to, we can not only strengthen our lives but also the lives of those around us. Fulfilling callings, living a righteous life that is pleasing to our heavenly father. Those are a few ways we can live righteously in his sight. The gospel's teachings is what helped me stay strong as a young woman and helped me to make decisions that were virtuous, lovely and of good report. I sake after those things while I was young and always knew in my heart that it was always my sacred duty. I appreciate the gospel so much, and now as a young mother it helps guide me in all the things the Lord would have me do and say. I love my family so much. I know that if we live righteously and heed the council of the prophets that I can truly fulfill my calling here on earth.