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Hi I'm Takami

I'm Japanese. I'm American. I'm single. I like people, ping pong, and peach pies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

On paper, I'm a junior in college studying Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Japanese, and doing research under a professor on coronary stents. Off paper, I'm extroverted, I laugh a lot, I'm organized to a fault, and I like to think that I'm a pretty kind person. Most people think I don't look it, but I am half-Japanese, half-Caucasian. I've been raised in both countries and I love my bicultural heritage.

Why I am a Mormon

Put simply, I am Mormon because I like being Mormon. My parents are both Mormon, and my start in the church is thanks to their taking me with them to church as a child. It was in middle school that I really started going to church of my own volition; I'd always liked church, it just never occurred to me that I didn't HAVE to be going. I gave it some thought and considered all of the great experiences I'd had by living according to the doctrines of the church. There wasn't a big, life-changing moment or anything, but that was the time of my life that I came to know I wanted to continue being part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Today, I'm actively involved with church activities and enjoy talking about religion with my friends. I recognize that there are many misconceptions about the LDS church, and that I likely have incorrect understandings of other religions. My hope is that talking about religion with my friends and acquaintances of other beliefs will result in greater mutual understanding of each others' beliefs.

How I live my faith

I make time each morning to spend with God. I pray and read the scriptures; I also reference other church literature to learn more about topics of interest to me. I find that doing so helps me to feel more in control of my life. It also helps me to see what things I'm doing that I ought not to be, and what things I'm not doing that I want to be doing. I try to see whether the person I am, the person I want to be, the person other people think I am, and the person God wants me to be are the same. On Sundays, I attend church. I often feel close to God during church, although not from the same portion of the meeting every time. Sometimes, I feel the love of God when singing a hymn with the congregation; other times, I'm deeply impressed by something someone says during the service or in Sunday school. Often, I find that something someone says gets me thinking about something else, and I end up realizing something that is largely unconnected to the lesson but is something I needed to realize. Attending church can be a very enlightening, personal spiritual experience if you attend with the right attitude.