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Hi I'm Monika

I grew up in Japan. I'm a BYU student preparing to serve in the Sapporo Japan mission for 18 months. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Coming from a multiracial family, life has always been interesting. My mother is from Japan and my father is half Hawaiian, a little Chinese, and Swedish, Scots-Irish. Growing up, our family moved back and forth from Maryland to Japan. I was born in Japan and was lucky enough to attend Japanese kindergarten and become very in touch with my Japanese culture and ancestry. In Japan, I took private violin lessons, learning from the Suzuki violin method. Although I never learned how to speak Japanese fluently, I am excited to serve in the Sapporo, Japan mission, and look forward to being able to learn the language better so that I will be able to speak with my grandparents and other family on my mother's side.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I love my Savior Jesus Christ and I love and want to return to live with my Father in Heaven. I know the only way I can return back to Him is by following my Savior's perfect example the best I can. I know I am not a perfect person, but I know that I can come nearest to perfect happiness in my life now and in the life to come by doing my best to come to know my Savior and my Father in Heaven and obeying their commandments. I know that my Savior loves me and my Father in Heaven loves me too and wants me to be happy. It is this immense love that helps me to know that my Father in Heaven does indeed have a personalized plan for me and that my Savior truly did die for my sins, so that I could be made clean again. I love my Savior and Heavenly Father and I know that they love every single one of you. God loves His children and will not leave them alone. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

Growing up, I stayed involved by participating in different orchestras, including state and county orchestras, as well as participating in benefit concerts to help raise funds to support those struggling within my area. As a BYU student I have loved being able to gain an education in a church environment. I am a declared communications major and hope to be able to learn everything I can about the Public Relations profession so that I can go out into the world and share my knowledge and talents with others. I have stayed involved within my community by serving in different positions in the church and serving my fellow BYU students by working in the University Accessibility Center.