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Hi I'm Leialoha Pakalani

I grew up in Tonga as the oldest of 8 sibling missionaries/college graduates with temple marriages. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 8 children who all served full-time missions, graduated from BYU Hawaii/BYU and married in the temple. My father is a patriarch and my parents served in the Church Educational System in Tonga for 30 years. When I was 19 I served a full-time mission in the Nuku'alofa Tonga Mission. I love teaching Gospel Doctrine; Foodgawking; Bikram Hot Yoga (yoga in 105 degree temps); Motivation via Facebook writing and being a missionary mom to twin girls in the Korea Busan and Daejeon missions. With 9 fingers I can still type 90 words per minute and play the piano; I speak and present at various local, regional and national conferences.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the church but became fully converted when I served a mission in Tonga. I've faced major illnesses, the death of a husband and children, faced tremendous tragedy, illness, loss and failures and through it all I have felt the Lord's Hand in the very details of my life. I am a Mormon because I know the Lord answers prayers. He knows me and knows my potential for greatness here and in His kingdom. I am a Mormon because I have two beautiful daughters serving in Korea who continue to exemplify sacrifice and service so that families can be together forever. I am a Mormon because I have been taught many times through difficulties, trials and much refining, that the Lord's plan is one of happiness, that He loves us and that the gospel is true. I know through the love, service and example of so many around me that the Lord is real, His gospel is true and that I want to follow the Savior's example in my own love, service and example. In illness, failure and loss it is evident to me that I need the gospel and the Savior's sacred Atonement in my life so that I might participate in experiencing the truest joy that comes from hope, faith, and love for His children. He is real. The gospel is real. The plan of happiness is real. The blessings of keeping the commandments are real. I am a Mormon because it is the most real thing I know and have in my life.

How I live my faith

I've had a full life in the church and in my career. I've had so many wonderful opportunities to work and serve in communities, in higher education and in the church as a way to give service. I love the Lord with all my heart. His gospel means everything to me. There has been no greater joy than when I have been in His service. If I can spend the rest of my life serving Him in my church callings as well as in temporal affairs, I will be repaying in some small way, the tremendous blessings I receive that are far beyond what I deserve. I feel so humbled and grateful to be surrounded by so many who share the same love for the gospel, the Lord, His church and His people. I want to devote my heart and life's commitment to the Lord.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Leialoha Pakalani
Years ago when I served a mission, I can say that I did not have a true testimony of who Joseph Smith was. I studied his life, read the Doctrine of Covenants and prayed for myself that I could know if this man was truly the prophet of God and that He saw God the Father and His Son. I remember in still of the night reading and knowing with a surety that he was the prophet of God, that he saw God and that he translated the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ. My heart rejoices in knowing that a simple boy could humbly be taught and that he could restore the gospel in this dispensation. While he gave his life for the gospel I have been blessed by his devotion, commitment and sacrifice. Show more Show less