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Hi I'm Futi

I'm a Professional Volleyball Player and a member of the USA Men's National team. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born in New Zealand raised in Samoa. Moved to Kauai, Hawaii for high school and attended BYU. Growing up in the Islands taught me to really appreciate the things I have and to take advantage of every opportunity that is given. Education is something highly valued in my family and is something that I will never take for granted. I was blessed to earn a degree at BYU while playing the sport I love, volleyball. I continue to live my dream as a professional athlete as I pursue to better my life and the life of my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. My parents are converts and have an amazing conversion story. Even though I was brought up in the faith, I still had to gain a testimony of it for myself. I still had to have my own conversion. Growing up I always went to church, I participated in all the church programs, and I always did what my parents asked of me. That didn't always mean I did those things because I wanted to. In fact, I did those things because of fear of disappointing my parents. I even decided to go on a mission mainly because of not letting my parents down. As I completed my papers for my mission and turned them in, I really started to think about things. I knew that going on a mission was a good thing, but was my main reason for going a good thing? I decided that something had to change. I knew that I needed to go on a mission not because my parents wanted me to but because I wanted to. I realized that I wouldn't be effective or I wouldn't be able to put my whole heart and soul into helping those on my mission if I didn't know for myself that what I was going to share was true. So I challenged myself. I had a few weeks before my call came, so I decided to study the scriptures and read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover to find my answers. Upon finishing the Book of Mormon, I took Moroni's counsel to heart. I earnestly prayed to know for myself if what I read, if what I learned growing up, if what I'm about to teach for two years, is true? I have never had such an overwhelming feeling of peace, comfort, and love come upon me as I did in that moment. I was so happy and relived to know that I'm apart of something so true and I knew then that nothing will ever take that feeling, that moment, that conversion away from me. I love my parents for showing me the way and I love my God for giving me the truth! I'm happy and proud to say that "I am a Mormon, I know it, I live it, and I love it!"

How I live my faith

I am an active member of the Church and do all I can to help where I am needed. Being new to this town and country, I have not yet been able to do more with the congregation here. However, I live my faith by practicing what we preach and trying my best to be an example of Christ in all I do and say. Actions truly speak louder than words and that is how I try to model my life.