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Hi I'm Vaianui IRO

Love the ocean, enjoy canoe paddling and go crazy for doritos. I'm a student in Political Science at BYU Hawaii, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

Im actually a college student and I love hicking, outrigger canoe racing and everything that touches the ocean. I also love playing ping pong and art in general. Big fan of Doritos and vanilla ice cream. I've served my mission in the New York New York North Mission from 2008-2010 and I'm a Bronx defender ;) My whole family is LDS.

Why I am a Mormon

It's not because I grew up in an LDS environment that I'm a mormon. Actually, at a young age, my family was less active for years. But the church leaders came over to visit over and over , and over again...they never gave up on us, especially on me. I remember again my friends were coming to visit me and my twin brother in white shirt and tie and the gate of our house and that impresses us as they continue to come when sometimes they knew we were here but hidding in the house. As dad decided we should all go back to church, I feared the people's eyes and reactions. But it didn't happen. Everyone were genuine and welcomed us. I felt really good to come back "home". I then continue to love going to church and went on a mission in New York City. It was the turning point of my life. I've always counted on my parents testimonies. But it's only on my mission that I found my own. Today I'm a happy guy. I know sometimes we want to play in both courtyard: be of the world and at the same time receive the blessings of heaven. But we've got to make a choice. It's either one side, or the other. And today, I know I'm on the Lord's side because I don't know how to be sad. I guess I forgot what it is now. There is no way that I would decide to run away from my faith because there is nothing better in this world than like being home!

How I live my faith

I look for opportunities to serve around me through participating in the school's academic and leadership programs that provide incentive experiences, social interactions with other students, the community and the visitors coming to the Polynesian Cultural Center where I work. I enjoy fullfiling my church calling every week, visiting friends and participate in church projects. I am currently in charge of working with the full time missionaries in my ward to help people that not from our faith to get to know us, understand our beliefs and invite them to social activities the church organizes. My goal is to make people feel like they are always welcome and that they are free to choose what they themselves want to believe. As a result, I provide the non-LDS people the tools they need to find what we believe is "eternal happiness". As a matter of fact, I love doing this. I am not paid to do this. I find my reward into the joy everyone feel. I've learned throughout my life that true happiness comes when I do my best to help someone in need or a friend afflicted. There is definitely more joy in giving out than in receiving.