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Hi I'm Jacob T. Tuia

I am a proud Pacific Islander and am working on changing the world one step at a time. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Different. Unique. Random. Barrel... So I have been called all of these at one point in time or another. In my personal opinion, unique was the only one that really described me but I suppose if pressed I may admit to the others. I am studying to be a chemical engineer and plan on changing the face of the world with the help of God and science. Friends, family, and good food are about the best things there are in the world. Really if I had to in a few words combine all of this into a coherent mass I would say that I love to progress! Where have I gotten the most growth? From those around me. How have I had some of the greatest interactions with them? Over food obviously ; ). How do I plan on going forward? In faith with the goal of being the best person that I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I have made the choices that I have made because I have seen in my own life and in the lives of hundreds of people that I have met the consequences of sin and the consequences of following a modern day prophet. I have seen blessings in my life that could have come from no one but Heavenly Father and His Son... and they came as a result of following that which I was taught from a child onwards (my parents were first generation converts to the LDS Church and the raised myself and my siblings in the LDS faith). For a long time I thought, "I only feel this way because my parents brainwashed me as a child! Nature v. Nurture...or something like that is messing with my head.". Still I could never shake the feeling that there were basic feelings that came from my spirit and that had only been augmented by that which I had been taught. Ironically despite my conclusions I ignored those feelings and "did my own thing" for a period of time. When I was ready I asked questions and I found answers and blessings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I look forward to the future now and I have a greater vision of who I am and what I want to be in this life and in the next. That would be why I am a Mormon ; )

How I live my faith

At this point in my life faith is something which pervades everything that I think, say, and do,... hence the "live" part of the title on this section. I try to spend leisure time with friends and hold true to the standards which I have been raised with. I try to Skype, call, email, "snail mail", and in general keep in touch with family and close friends who have made me who I am. I work on participating in councils and giving service to those in my community who need help. I try to teach myself and live the tenets of self discipline, integrity, courtesy, and indomitable spirit. There is so much that I try to do and so much that I fall short in. The greatest way that I live my faith is by continually trying, despite failure or falling short of the mark that I or others set for myself.