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Hi I'm Keone

I grew up in Upcountry, Maui, Hawaii. I'm half Samoan/Caucasian. I love soccer and people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I try to keep my life simple. Three things that have brought me a ton of happiness are people, sports (especially soccer), and school. By focusing a lot of my time to these things, I have had a very happy life so far. I have been blessed to have so many great people in my life. My family is first on my list. I consider each of my siblings to be among my best friends. My parents have been so influential in my life and I really don't know where I'd be without them. Along with my family, many friends have really been an awesome part of my life. I love meeting new people and getting to know them. I have always loved playing sports. There is such a thrill when you are able to make a play, score a goal, or win a big game. When I was growing up, I really focused on sports and it paid off. I learned many life lessons that continue to help me today. Education is also a big part of my life. I attend college and have just finished my first year. I believe that it is a responsibility to grow my knowledge so I can help to improve my own life, as well as the lives of others.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, but did not always have a strong testimony that it was true. I went to church because my parents said to, and I knew that the principles that I learned at church made me a better person. I felt that this made going to church worth it, regardless of whether or not it was true. However, as I began to increase my commitment to the church, I realized that I must find out for myself wether it is true. I was putting so much time and effort into the church, and I knew that if I was going to continue to be committed, I needed to know whether or not it was really worth it. I prayed so much. I read my scriptures and pondered the words that I read. Through much searching, pondering, and praying, the Lord blessed me with influences in my life that helped me to know for myself of the truthfulness. I had many miracles shown unto me, and many people who were shining examples to me. Through these things, I found the truth in the gospel. My testimony has grown so much since then. I can honestly say that being part of this church is worth it. I am a Mormon because I know that God has a plan for me, and part of that plan is to serve in his true church on the Earth today. If I keep his commandments I know that I can return to be with him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving in both my community and in church. Service is one of the best ways we can spiritually grow. One major service activity that I was a part of was my Eagle Scout Project. It was really a fun project that I feel touched many lives. For my project, I held soccer shoe drives around my community and collected about 200 pairs of used shoes. I then took these shoes to children in Samoa, who play soccer, but are not fortunate enough to own any shoes at all. I held a soccer camp for the league there, and was also able to contribute shoes to the Special Olympics of Samoa. The experience really allowed me to appreciate what I have and the luxuries I live with every day. Service can be so fun and rewarding. I also serve in the church by fulfilling my callings to the best of my abilities. As a freshmen in college, I had the honor of working as an Assistant Ward Clerk. For this calling, I counted the tithes and offerings of the faithful saints in my ward. It really strengthened my testimony on paying tithing and being completely obedient to our Heavenly Father.