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Hi I'm Iopa

I'm from American Samoa. My father is Jewish, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently serving as a full-time missionary in the Peru Chiclayo Mission! I attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. I have 3 siblings, and I am the youngest. My brother is served a full-time mission in Portugal until September of 2012, and my two older sisters have their own families (I have 8 nieces and nephews). My dad is from Wisconsin, and he is not a member of the church, although he supports it. My mom is from Samoa and has been a member of the church her whole life. I was born and raised in American Samoa. I love playing tennis and video games. I was in a fraternity at my university, and I love cold weather. I'm unsure on what/where to study. I love being a member of the church!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon most likely because I was born into the church. If I had to find the church on my own, I don't know if I would've been smart enough to accept it. That being said, I know the church is true. I can not prove it is true, nor am I blindly following what I have been taught as a child. I took the challenge in the introduction in the Book of Mormon, which reads: "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost." I testify that if you take this testable, reasonable hypothesis, with the intent to find and accept the answer, that you will reach the same conclusion as I did. I know because Heavenly Father testified it unto me in his own way, and he can and will do the same for anyone.

How I live my faith

I attended a YSA (Young Single Adult) ward in Boulder. We have about 100 regularly attending members, and it's a lot of fun! I occasionally taught lessons in Priesthood meeting. I also attend Institute, which is essentially Sunday School during the week, and FHE (Family Home Evening), where ward members get together and have fun. I have met amazing people, helped those in need, accomplished difficult tasks, and stayed away from things which would not have helped me achieve happiness and success in this life. I love being a member of the church and it enriches my life every day.