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Hi I'm Ami

I am Japanese, I grew up in Hong Kong, I attend university in the US, and am serving a mission in Japan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family is Japanese, but I grew up in Hong Kong and learned English there. For the last few years, I have been living in the US to attend university. I love travelling to experience different places and cultures. I am studying computer science, because I love coding. I also enjoy playing the piano and singing, and am in a college a cappella group. I love to go out and enjoy the sunshine and blue skies, as well as star-gazing and just absorbing the beauties of the Earth! I have met many incredible people from different countries and backgrounds. As a result, I have learned that each person has their own special story, and there is so much to gain from personal experiences. I love to meet new people, share my own experiences, and learn from theirs. I love writing in my journal, collecting meaningful or funny quotes and sharing them with friends!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both converted to the church in Japan when they were 17. They took me to church, so I grew up knowing the facts and was familiar with scripture stories, but never really appreciated all the "rules". When I was 15, I finally began to take initiative to really find out what the church was about. I studied the scriptures more diligently and applied the teachings. I started to pray more sincerely and came to realize that Heavenly Father truly does hear my prayers. I recognized that the teachings in the scriptures really were given by a God who loves us and wants us to be happy. But more than that, I felt in my heart that He loved me personally. I felt it every time I prayed honestly and sincerely. When I read about the Savior and His example of love and kindness in the Book of Mormon, I felt so much warmth and peace inside. I finally recognized that this feeling was from the Holy Ghost. I knew that the Book of Mormon is true, and that Heavenly Father knows and loves me, and that the Savior lives. When all else changes, when people move in and out of our lives, when we feel like we have failed, when hope is dimmed, I know I can turn to God. He is unchanging. He loves me. He knows me. He cares. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are the only people who will ever understand everything that I think and feel. Even when I do my best and it's still not enough, they will see me for my potential as a child of God, and will help me get up again. I knew it then, and continuing in the gospel has made me know it more than ever now. This is the source of the peace I can feel when all goes wrong in life, and the hope I can have for the future. The gospel teaches me to follow the Savior's example and makes me want to go out and make people happy, brighten their days, help them smile, comfort and encourage them, but most of all, let them know that they are precious children of an infinitely loving Heavenly Father. I know it is true, and that others can come to know it too.

How I live my faith

As a youth, I was involved in organizing the music in church meetings. When I was first asked to play the piano at church, I could barely play the simplest hymns after much practice. Over the years, I practiced and learned to play more hymns and came to love church music. They are uplifting, and bring so much peace. Some of my favorite times were accompanying the primary children as they learned songs. The simple, pure and sweet lyrics were so moving when sung by such enthusiastic children! In my school, there weren't any other members of the church. I was shy at first, but came to love sharing my beliefs with others. Reading the scriptures and attending church made me so happy and was already such a big part of who I was, that I wanted to share it with my friends and those people I felt particularly close to. My best friend, who is not a member of the church, would learn my favorite hymns with me, and we would harmonize them because of how pretty it sounded, but more importantly for the sweet and encouraging words that would lift the burdens of our daily lives. I have been called to serve as a full-time missionary in the Fukuoka, Japan mission for the next 18 months! I know missionary work will be incredibly hard, because missionaries truly are normal people, but who have desires to serve the Lord. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to set aside my personal life for a while in order to be completely focused on helping, loving and serving others. I am excited to meet new people, hear their stories, come to love them and learn from them, and share the happiness the gospel can bring.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Missions for girls are completely optional. We can serve as full-time missionaries starting at age 19, for 18 months. There are so many worthwhile ways to live your life at that age, and it is really a matter between yourself and the Lord to decide if you want to serve. As long as you are doing your best to be Christlike and to serve others, the God will help you bless the lives of others, whether they are immediately around you or somewhere you could get called on your mission. Show more Show less