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Hi I'm Andrea

I am half Japanese and half American. I'm a wife and a mother. Family and the Gospel are my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am half Japanese and half American. I am the oldest of six children in my family and I have four younger sisters and a younger brother. When I was four years old, my family and I moved to Japan and lived there for almost ten years. While living in Japan, I attended Japanese public school for eight years. Japanese language became my first language. When we moved back to the United States, I had to change my life completely. First year was a very difficult year being back to the States. I became discouraged and missed everything about my life in Japan but I found comfort in attending Church Sunday because the Church meetings were the same as in Japan. I felt like I was at home. I learned to be okay to be different from everyone. I didn't have to fit in, especially to fit in with the standard of the world. I started making friends and studying in English became easier and I worked hard to get into a college. I was accepted to BYU-Idaho and I left my family to attend college right after I graduated from high school. Attending BYU-Idaho has changed my life. I met so many people from all over the world who believes the gospel of Jesus Christ. I made so many wonderful friends. The teachers were always willing to help. The best part was I met a man who became my husband. He is my best friend and the love of my life. Now we have three beautiful children and my life has been blessed so much more. I cannot imagine life without my family and my Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this church is the only true church that has the fullness of the gospel on the earth today. I have witnessed many miracles and seen many people change their lives for the better because of the Savior, Jesus Christ. I am one of them. Growing up, I was fortunate to have the gospel taught to me but I had to find out for myself if it was true. I read and studied the Book of Mormon and I prayed to know if it was true and I received many answers that testified that it is true. It is "that by small and simple things that great things brought to pass" (Alma 37:6). It is those sweet small moments when you feel joy, love, and peace of living the gospel knowing where you came from, where you are going, and who you really are. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer. Because of him we can return to live with God once again. Because of him, we can repent and be cleaned from our sins. I know that families are forever and not until death do us apart. It is for eternity. I cannot imagine my life without with those who I love. I want to be with them forever. This church has the restored keys that seals family together forever. This Church is the only church that can save those who have passed on, to give them the opportunity to accept the gospel. Our life doesn't end here on the earth. We also have life after death. We have a living prophet and apostles, who testifies of the Savior. They are leading us and guiding to help us return to our Father in Heaven. I am a Mormon because I know without a doubt that I am a daughter of God. We are a child of God. He is always there for me. He is leading and guiding me each day. He has blessed me and I cannot deny his and Savior's presence and their love that I have felt in my life. I have been able to get through my hard times and trials in my life because of the gospel. I have a purpose in life and that's what the gospel taught me.

How I live my faith

My faith is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. I try to embrace the gospel by living and keeping the commandments. I try to follow the examples of Jesus Christ by praying daily, read scriptures daily, and serve others. I attend church every Sunday, I attend the temple to help do the work for those who have passed on so that they too have the opportunity to learn and accept the gospel. I do my best to fulfill the responsibilities that I am asked to do in the Church. I had the opportunities to teach the youth and the children and it brought so much joy knowing that I am teaching about Jesus Christ and what the Church is all about. My family and I get together every night to read the scriptures and pray together. We have a family night once a week to teach each other about the gospel, learn more church songs, and help one another live an exemplary life.