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Hi I'm Nia Ma'ake

I was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska but of Tongan descent, and currently serving a full-time mission in Washington.

About Me

I am a Tongan, born and raised of goodly parents in Juneau, Alaska. Tongans in Alaska?! Tis true! I have 2 of the world's greatest brothers, whom I greatly adore! I was born with cleft palate, a birth defect which is a congenital split in the roof of the mouth. Doctors assured my parents that I would have surgical procedures throughout my life, doctors appointments and clinics, speech therapy, and a delay in my learning development. At an early age, I was determined to do just as much as any other normal kid, and the hard work paid off! Although the surgeries and doctor visits never ceased, I was able to learn that you can do anything you set your mind to. I am a competitive athlete, and I will not settle for losing! Haha. I play the piano, and love to have jam sessions with family and friends. I am a sucker for junk food, ESPECIALLY chocolate! I believe that McDonald's is the Promised Land and Taco Bell is the Celestial Kingdom. I attended Brigham Young University-Idaho for a year and a half, and am now serving as a full-time missionary in the beautiful state of Washington.

Why I am a Mormon

Who wouldn't want to be a Mormon?! That's the real question! :) I am a Mormon because I know that this church is true. I was born and raised in the church, but it didn't mean that I always knew it was true. There's come a point in your life where you have to know where you stand, and that point came for me as I was lying in a hospital bed waiting to go into surgery. There are things that you just can't explain, but you know that are true! And in that instant, I KNEW that my Heavenly Father had a plan for me! I KNEW that He was aware of my situation, and my needs! I KNEW and understood that I was His child! That brought me the greatest sense of comfort and joy, and overpowered all that this world had to offer. I am a Mormon because I know there is something more than this life, and this is a learning experience. I know that families are forever, and that we need to be here for each other in order to get along. I know that my Heavenly Father doesn't expect perfection, but He does expect progression. I know that He continues to communicate and reveal His truths to us today, and will forever. I know that He will NEVER leave us hanging, because He has given us so many things to remind us that He is here, and that He loves us! All these things, and many more are taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and that is why I am a part of it!

How I live my faith

Each day and night, I begin with a prayer expressing my love and gratitude to my Father in Heaven for all the things that he has blessed me with, and ask Him to continue to be a part of my life as I go through life's challenges and triumphs. God should be the center of our lives, and we need to turn to him in ALL things. I set aside time to read the scriptures, His word, and to receive guidance of how I can better follow my Savior Jesus Christ, and become more like Him. I LOVE attending church every Sunday where there is an increase in learning, fellowship, and most of all, a renewal of the covenants or promises that I have made with God through partaking of the sacrament. I also try to attend, and invite friends to church functions where we can learn spiritual things in a fun, wholesome way. I try to find opportunities to serve whether it is helping out in the community in little or big ways, sharing my talents, or just giving a smile or hug to people nearby. I have the opportunity now more than ever as a full-time missionary for the church to live and to share my faith. Someone once told me, "Live in such a way that those who know you, but don't know Christ, will want to know Him, because they know you." I would hope that I live in such a way that emulates the life and love of my Savior Jesus Christ.