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Hi I'm Mia

I grew up in Tokyo, but I'm from Utah. I'm serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I am 19 years old and I grew up in Tokyo, Japan. I'm American and lived as an expat in the heart of the city. I lived there with my three sisters, my mother and my father. I just finished high school and got accepted into university. I deferred my entrance to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for 18 months. In school, I really loved to study English and Biology. I like to read and to write for fun. I've been a stage manager for 5 plays and musicals, both for productions at my school and for private companies. I've loved working backstage and hope to become either a director or stage manager.

Why I am a Mormon

Two years ago I realized I do not have my own testimony of the Book of Mormon, so I decided to read it cover to cover.As I read the final words of Moroni and his promise that “if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost", I looked up to the sky and asked God to tell me that these things are true (Moroni 10:32). I prayed for a while, but no answer. The image of Alma and the seed he taught of came to my mind. I shook my head, thinking that I was distracting myself. I told God I was waiting for a definite answer. It wasn’t until the third time this thought came to my head that I realized it was the answer, “nevertheless, not my will, but Thine be done” (Luke 22:42). I flipped through the book until I came to Alma 32:28: "Now if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed...it will begin to swell within your breasts...for it beginneth to enlarge [your] soul..." I read the verse again and realized the seed had already been planted when I was baptized into this church. The teachings I had been taught from when I was 8 had only brought me good and it was when I had ignored them that I lost sight of true happiness. The church claimed to be the church of Christ and they taught His teachings. What else was I looking for? The church must be true. The very second I came to that decision, the fog of frustration and disappointment lifted and I felt in my heart that I was on the right track. I heard a voice tell me to go to my family and love them, to put all my heart, might, mind and strength into this church and line upon line and precept on precept, I would come to know I had made the right decision (Isaiah 28:10). It has been two years since I made that decision and I don’t have a single regret. I have felt pure happiness in coming unto Christ.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, I believe in Christ and especially his message to serve others. I live my faith when I am in service. In my church community, I have served as both a youth leader and a youth coordinator, organizing fun events for the youth to hang out and make friends. At home, I do whatever I can to help my mom out and to be a teacher and example for my sisters. At school, I have helped in the library, in our theater, and I have worked with the student government to organize events. In my community, I have gone to the site of the Tohoku tsunami of 2011 to clean up the debris. I have also raised a dog for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.