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Hi I'm Rai

I'm an ice cream truck chaser.

About Me

I'm 21 years old. I grew up on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. I recently moved to Seattle, Washington where my husband is stationed with the United States Coast Guard. Currently I take online classes as I was a full time student before moving. I hope to attend UW Seattle. I love blogging, photography, videography and baking cupcakes! I joined the church in the summer of 2008, right before my senior year of high school and I attended seminary for a year. After graduating I got caught up with working and trying to save up for college that I went inactive for three years. Recently two missionaries knocked on my door and I have been back in church as an active member. I am so happy to have the gospel in my life and I don't know how I ever went without it.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always believed in a God. Growing up, I knew something was out there but never knew who. My family, as many Japanese families, were Buddhist, yet rarely practicing. I agree with many lifestyle teachings of Buddhism however I didn't feel it was centered around the higher power I believed in. I've been to bible studies with Jehovah's Witnesses, church worship with Hope Chapel and have researched on my own other world religions but I have never felt any of it was right for me. I feel kind of like a double convert. I had a couple friends in school who were members, including my best friend. I somehow got the number for the missionaries at the ward closest to my house (which happened to be a three minute walk away!). I called them and told them I wanted to learn about their church. I never really questioned what they taught me because I already believed in God, and I knew Jesus was his son and he died for us. When they invited me to church (imagine how surprised I was when I found out the church by my house was a Mormon church) I just felt right. I felt at peace and for the first time in my teenage life, genuinely happy. I know now that was the Holy Spirit who had made me feel this was the right church. After being away from the church for so long, I'm back with a renewed sense of faith. Now that my husband is learning (investigating), I, myself, have learned that everyone questions that church at some point. I never did until I tried to view things from his perspective, someone who grew up not knowing God. I've learned that no matter what you've known or believed, if you just pray (to God, or just simply to the universe) with sincerity, you will come to know and believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church on this Earth today. It was the prophet Joseph Smith who restored it to it's fullest. I am so grateful for the prophets, this Church, our Savior and for our Heavenly Father. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living our faith is one of the most important things we can do. I strive to be the best that I can by living the words of our Heavenly Father. We are taught to do unto others as we would to God. That's a great way to live life. You wouldn't yell our your window to someone who cut you off driving if it was God, would you? Although none of us are perfect and we all make mistakes, it is comforting to know that through the atonement of our savior, Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven. This gives us the appreciation to show our love and respect for our Father in Heaven by overcoming trials of faith and working to strengthen our beliefs.