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Hi I'm Meilani Roan

I have a testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ and His amazing gospel. I love to sing, smile, and be happy. I'm a mormon.

About Me

Hello, my name is Meilani. I was born in Hawaii and am half Samoan, half white. I grew up in Casper Wyoming. I have been a member of the church all of my life. I recently graduated from high school, and finished my first semester of college. I did a lot of singing in choir, ballroom dancing, performing in drama productions, and swimming on the swim team during high school. I love music, traveling, good food, and most of all meeting new people and making lasting friendships! :) On October 6th, my life took a drastic turn, as did many other LDS youth. The annoucement was made to lower the missionary age, and I knew I had to leave behind my prospects of school and a pending engagment in order to go forward with faith, and serve the Lord. I received my mission call to the Spain Malaga Mission, and report to the Spain MTC on May 1st! I couldn't be happier about my decision to be a missionary. It was never something I planned on doing. If there is one thing I have learned in my life, it is that no matter how we may plan our lives, the Lord's plan is greater. He always has a way to provide us the blessings, trials, and experiences that will benefit us the most, even if it isn't what we had planned on. Trust Him! :) In the end, it is important to strive to be a positive example of Christ, and to gain a testimony for ourselves of the beauty and eternal happiness that can come from the gospel. I know this is the true church! And I owe everything to my Savior, Jesus Christ. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. I see the happiness that comes from choosing to live obediently, and I want to be experience the joy the Gospel can give me. I want to experience the blessings in my life, and to pass them on to my family and those around me, so that they can choose to be happy, too. There are many times where I could have chosen to not be active in the church - one whole side of my family are not members or no longer go to church. That is hard to see. But with that example, I see the differences between choosing to be a Mormon or choosing not to be. I am a Mormon because it is a challenge. The happiness of the gospel lasts far longer than forever. It is precious, and amazing. It is not easy - but I love to be challenged. Living as a Mormon is an active choice - it requires you to do things to show your obedience by not participating in certain things and living without certain lifestyles, and being able to continue to grow and be stronger and wiser with time. It doesn't come all at once. You have to be patient, and willing to be humble. Things that are worth it in life are never meant to be easy. But they are worth it. I am a Mormon because it makes me feel loved. I know that no one can take away my relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ. He loves me, and all of the Lord's children, more than we can comprehend. That love is something I feel so often, that I never want the feeling to leave. I am a Mormon because I choose to be. No one forced me to live my life this way, or to accept the Gospel. You have to do it on your own. Once you accept it and allow yourself to understand its teachings, you will be happy. You will be challenged. You will feel loved. You can obtain it all for yourself, if you are willing to listen, learn and obey. I know these things to be true.

How I live my faith

In my branch here in Casper, I am currently serving as the 2nd counselor in the Relief Society, which is the women's organization in the church. Our job is to serve and uplift the sisters of the gospel in ways that can strengthen their testimonies and help them to recognize their importance and beauty as a Daughter of our loving Heavenly Father, as well as preparing them for future roles as mothers and wives. I love serving the beautiful sisters of the branch! Each of them are special in their own way, and it is a joy to see their smiles and loving examples. As part of the calling, I do participate in teaching lessons, organizing enrichment activities, participating in meetings, and doing my visiting teaching, which is what we do in order to help and encourage members who we don't see quite as often. Each of these tasks gives the chance to reach out and serve others that maybe never get noticed. Every child of God needs to be shown genuine love and rendered compassion and service. When you serve from the heart, you can make a difference. One thing I know to be true is that every member in the church is important -- whether in an official position or not, you should always be representing the church as a disciple of Christ.