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Hi I'm Palakiko

I grew up in Hawai‘i. I love to go outrigger canoeing. I am a college student. I am Hawaiian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Francis but everyone calls me Palakiko. I love to go outrigger canoe paddling, although I am definitely not the best. I love nature and anything you can do in it: hiking, swimming, jumping off waterfalls, the works. I am an avid reader and I have also come to love writing. I love singing. I am currently a freshman at Brigham Young University. I love my Hawaiian culture, I am also pretty proficient in the Hawaiian language which I try to use when ever I can. I love singing in Hawaiian.

Why I am a Mormon

I continue to live this follow His gospel because it is the only thing that can give me true rest. Life itself is so hectic. Throughout my week I am always running around doing something whether it be for school or for work. I do set specific times to have fun and enjoy life. I love going to the beach, hiking, cooking, hanging out with friends, and much more. But when those activities are done, though the memories of happy times will always be with me, I always get stuck back in the rut of life. Through this gospel, knowing that I have a loving Heavenly Father wanting me to live with Him again, and knowing that Jesus Christ my older brother, atoned for my sins, I can feel peace though the billowing and windy storms of life blow around me. I know that they pre-pared a way for me to be able to live with them again. I also know that life is not supposed to be horrible. We live life so we can feel joy. This joy is often associated with the peace that comes with living the gospel. I know that Jesus is the Christ and He atoned for my sins so that one day I can be perfectly happy with Him, the Father, and my family for all time and eternity.

How I live my faith

One way I participated in my ward was by being on a youth committee that helped plan many different activities for around 1/3 of my island. In our activities we invited all to come and we encouraged all who attended to live by the same values we live by. We held dances, two proms, beach activities, and several other activities celebrating holidays such as New Year's Eve. This has helped me learn that there are strength in numbers. Even though making my decisions are mainly up to me, it is easier to decided when you have friends who have the same goals and values as yourself.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, not all Mormons are required to serve a mission, although for all worthy young men in the church, it is part of their priesthood duty. Missionaries can begin serving from as young as 18 or 19 and serve for a period of 18 months to two years. Missionaries volunteer their time to the Lord and His Church, they are not paid for their service. Missionaries consider it a privilege to serve the Lord to to share His and their love with everyone they meet. Show more Show less