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Hi I'm Koa

I was born and raised in Hawaii. I am a Junior studying business in college and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am 20 years old and I am a college student majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Japanese Studies. I don't have any children yet but that is definitely a goal that I hope to fulfill with my eternal companion in the future. Once I have earned my degree I would like to begin a career in international business. I absolutely love music. I enjoy listening to all kinds of genres of music. Basically anything that I can dance to and anything I can sing along to I will enjoy it. I also love being active and playing sports. My sport of choice is volleyball. For some reason I really enjoy it. I get very excited to play volleyball all the time and it is the best stress reliever for me. I LOVE to eat. My goal is to travel the world and taste all the different types of ethnic foods. So far I have only used my passport to go to Australia on a study abroad program and I got to try kangaroo and wallaby. It was interesting, tastes just like steak. I aspire to travel the globe. Going to Australia was such an awesome experience being able to meet new people and share and learn each other's culture and customs. Now I have the wonderful opportunity to serve my Heavenly Father as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Japan! I am so excited to experience their culture and language first hand. Trying new things and going to new places is something that I love to do.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has always been strong in the church so I grew up being taught the gospel and I was raised to live as a Mormon. Being a child I never really understood what I was doing. I participated in the church because my family did. I never had my own desire to seek out if the gospel was true or not because that wasn't something I was interested at that time. I was more worried about going to school and hanging out with my friends. I would always ask myself why I even still went to church and I felt that way all the way through high school. It wasn't until recently that I became more aware of the blessings that I had received. Being a college student I had to be independent and it was hard but somehow I would make things work every time. When I began attending young single adult activities I surrounded myself with people who were in my similar situation of being on my their own and going to school but their was something different about them. They were always happy, they were very welcoming, and they were fun! I really enjoyed being around these people because I could relate to them. After a few months of going to activities a lot of the friends that I had made began leaving to serve missions and I slowly became interested in wanting to do the same. So I prayed and read from my scriptures and asked my Heavenly Father if that was something I should do. At that moment I could feel the spirit so strong in my heart and I knew that I needed to serve. So I began preparing myself to serve and as I continued to read the Book of Mormon I came to know that what I was reading was true through the power and spirit of God. I now understand why I did those things that my family made me do every Sunday. I bear you my testimony that I know this church is true and that you may also come to know if these things are true by praying to God and ask with a sincere heart. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Executive Secretary in my branch. My responsibility is to assist the president of the branch in scheduling his interviews with our members, prepare the agenda for weekly meetings and record notes during those meetings. I also assist in any other task that he needs help with. My branch however is very different from your regular family ward or branch because the people who attend are what we like to call young single adults. These members are between the ages of 18 and 30, are not married, do not have children and live within the boundaries of our stake. I serve a very specific demographic because their needs are different from other people. We plan and have activities that are geared toward helping them understand basic gospel teachings to live the word of God and I really enjoy it. Helping others who are my age has been the most rewarding experience of my life so far. To see their individual growth in living the gospel is so precious.