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Hi I'm Olivia

I'm from California, born and raised. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music and dance. I have a penchant for dance. If I hear music that I like, it's pretty hard for me to not dance. I've done Tongan, Samoan and Hawaiian dances, but I really enjoy doing Tahitian and Latin dances - things you can really move your hips to. I'm a proud aunt. I love my family. I'm Tongan, so I've got a big family (44 first cousins, on my dad's side alone). My family's been with me every day of my life, though I have been known to simply want to be by myself for a while. I enjoy drawing/sketching whatever doodles flow out of my hand. And I've often found writing, music, and dance to be a really useful and wonderful outlet whenever I need it - whether it be that I'm feeling overwhelmed or simply want to vent or release energy. I love being in nature. I often find myself in awe of its beauty, both the simplicity and complexity of it. I find solace in these things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. Sure, as a child you go along, you listen and you learn, but as a youth and a young adult - that's when you're faith and your beliefs are tested. As a youth and into young adulthood, I was exposed to more and more of the world and its vices and my faith dwindled. But looking back on certain events, it was just impossible to deny the Lord, His work, and His gospel. There were a few events that led me back to become more spiritual and devout. One night, I was at my cousin's house when I heard her sister shouting that her son, only a few years old, had stopped breathing. He had been sick with the flu the entire day. We ran to try and help, nothing worked. We called 911, but there was no time to wait for them. I ran and got my cousin's husband, a priesthood holder, to help. As he gave him a blessing, I said a quick prayer. I prayed with ALL my heart to spare him, to save him, to let him live. As soon as I said "amen" someone shouts "He's breathing!" I cried. I was in utter amazement and awe of His work and the power of prayer. Today, I am preparing to go and serve as a full-time missionary. I am honored, humbled and grateful for the opportunity to do my best to pay back the Lord for all the blessings I've been able to enjoy. Through His will and because of His sacrifice I live. And with His gospel, my spirit will thrive.

How I live my faith

I am currently a teacher to the three-year old children of our church, who are in transition from the Nursery class (infants - two years old). Through this, I've been able to become more patient and caring as well as increasing my own knowledge of the church and the very basics of our beliefs. I've recently been called to serve as a full-time missionary. I'm truly grateful for the opportunity to devote myself completely to doing the Lord's work. I simply hope that I can share the knowledge, but more importantly, the feeling and the comfort that Spirit and this gospel has given me, especially in times of need.