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Hi I'm Momo

I'm half Japanese, love playing flute, riding horses, the BBC, and just having a good time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 20 and was born and raised in Southern California. I LOVE horses/horseback riding (English style), the BBC, reading, drawing, and flute. I've been playing since I was 10, but my love for it didn't truly develop until I experienced the joys of marching and concert band through high school. While a good solo is nice, I prefer playing in the full ensemble setting where teamwork is essential and separate parts come together to make a beautiful whole, like so many other things in life. I also enjoy watching TV; my favorite shows include Sherlock, Doctor Who, Merlin, Psych, Lost, and the X Flies, but I also like programs such as the Discovery, Animal Planet, and Science Channels. And, being half Japanese, I also like manga and anime, especially Studio Ghibli's movies. I'm an A student and have enjoyed a year at BYU Provo so far. I am currently a Biology Major and hope to study more in the field of animal behavioral biology. I am currently serving a full-time mission of 18 months in the Japan Tokyo Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad converted my mom during his own service in the Tokyo South Mission, so I was blessed enough to be born into the Church. But that's not why I'm a Mormon. That's a choice that everyone has to make on their own. That being said, my choice was made very early, though it was made gradually without me really knowing it. I have consciously known for as long as I can remember that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me unconditionally, and that He sent His Son, my brother, Jesus Christ, who also loves me unconditionally, to die for my sins that I may someday return to live with Them again. No one could, or will, ever shake my faith or make me doubt that. I also knew that the Book of Mormon was the Word of God, but it wasn't until I had read the whole book that the truth of it, of the ancient Nephite, Lamanite, and Jaredite civilizations, was burned into me. I had also loved and understood the modern Prophet and his role since I was a child. If there was anything shaky about my faith, it was concerning Joseph Smith as the Prophet who translated the plates and Restored the true Church. But that was quickly remedied when I read his words in Joseph Smith History. There are times when I casually wonder about the Church and God's existence, usually when someone criticizes or questions the Church, but I never have serious doubts because I know that the Church is true. I know it, I live it, I love it. Even when there are commandments or guidelines that I don't always understand, I know that it feels right when I follow them. It is through daily, consistent prayer, scripture study, and action on my faith that I know it. I have joy in a world of sorrow, I have faith in a world of doubt, I have peace in a world of strife, and it is through living the Restored Gospel that I can feel these things. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving as a missionary for the Church in the Japan Tokyo Mission for a period of 18 months. I teach people about their loving Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Restoration of the fullness of His Gospel in modern days, while I also serve the community. While I waited for my report date (November 20, 2013) to come around, I had been assigned to visiting teaching, where I met with some of the sisters in my ward, shared a brief gospel message, and cared for their well-being. I also, in preparation for my mission, went out the the Sister missionaries in my ward and taught along with them in their lessons with investigators. I was called to be a Sunday School teacher when I was at BYU, so those experiences have helped me a lot during those lessons and for when I was deciding to serve a mission. Of course, I attend church every week, go to all three meetings, and watch General Conference and other broadcasts when I can.