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Hi I'm Akiko

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

About Me

I am a student at Brigham Young University and have received a call to Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission to serve the Lord for 18 months. When I don't have any schoolwork to do (or even when I do), I enjoy going out and talking with my friends, playing tennis, going to a museum, cooking Japanese food, watching foreign films, reading, playing piano, and traveling everywhere. When I am on the internet, I spent most of the time looking through fashion blogs, listening to music or watching anime with my little brother. I also love learning, especially about other religions in the world and philosophy. I lived in the Greater Seattle area before coming down for college, and I love it there.

Why I am a Mormon

I had the hardest time in my life in the middle school and what had saved me from the swamp was the Book of Mormon, and not anything else. I've had a peaceful, warm feeling after giving a prayer or bearing my testimony. The more I understand the teachings of this church, the more I know that everything leads to the love of God and his son, Jesus Christ. We've been taught that we can always improve, and people can change at any time in their life. I started to doubt my faith when I was around 9 even though this church has been a part of my whole life. Even now, I wonder if God exists or if this church is true. Letting myself believe in something has been a challenge. But I know that having hope for something is just happier way to live than chaining yourself to fear and doubts. Philosopher James said, "Do not avoid the option of religious faith out of fear of being wrong. Be willing to take risks in order to find truth." I have decided to submerge into this faith and above are some of my discoveries. Sometimes, it's hard for me to say, "I know that this church is true," because of my doubts, but I strive to search continuously and to keep the desire to be obedient. I strongly desire for the gospel to be true, because it has brought me the happiness in my life.

How I live my faith

The most important things that I do (and sometimes I don't do enough) to keep my faith strong is reading the standard works (The Book of Mormon, The Old and New Testament, etc.), praying daily, following the counsel of our leaders and going to the church on Sundays. These are fairly simple and straightforward - keeping the commandments and trying best to get to know God and Christ - but brings the greatest understanding about this faith and the life.