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Hi I'm Satomi

I was born in Tokyo, Japan. I came to the United States for college and I became Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Tokyo, Japan. I have 2 younger sisters. I came to the US for the first time when I was 13 yrs old because of my dad's job. We spent 3 years in Houston, Texas and went back to Tokyo again. It was hard in the US sometimes because kids at school picked on us. I was 16 when we returned home to Japan and returning to Japanese high school was hard because of educational differences. We found a girls' private school that accepted returned kids from foreign countries. My sister and I joined the softball team there. I never wanted to play softball but the most popular kids in the school were playing, and we both wanted to make friends and be accepted so we played it anyway. We didn't like playing softball but we a had pretty good time as high school kids. When it came time to decide on college, I wanted to come to the US again and get better at English. My dad disagreed at first, thinking that it would be dangerous to be in the US by myself. However, he happened to come to Brigham Young University, the "mormon" school on a business trip. We weren't mormons, but my dad loved the school. He thought it was safe, clean and beautiful, the people were very nice, and nobody drank, smoked, nor did drugs or they didn't sleep around! I came to the school as a non-member of the church but I made friends quick, converted to the church, and graduated from BYU. I ended up finding my best friend there, got married and now I still live in the US and have 2 teenagers.

Why I am a Mormon

If I didn't come to the US when I was 13 for the first time, I would have never decided to come to the US for college. If my dad didn't go on that business trip to Brigham Young University or didn't like the school, I probably would have never came to the US again or didn't go to a Mormon school. I came to the heart of the church without any prior experience. Why did these things happen? Why did it turn out the way it did? I never met any Mormons in Japan or in Texas where I was when I was 13 yrs old. After I came to Brigham Young University, it was gradual, but I learned well and I actually studied religion over the years. From being there, I learned that life itself made sense to me. I truly know that things happen for a reason. After a while, I knew why I was there and why the things turned out the way it is for me. Sometimes it takes a while but I eventually know why things are happening and what it means for us and am also able to feel peace. I also came to find out that I love to feel someone watching over me, who cares for me, like from Heaven. It makes me feel calm, good and happy. That is one of the reasons it is great that I learned to pray. I prayed for Gods before I joined this church and felt good but not in the same deep way I feel now. Prayers help me to feel calm and give me answers soon or later. This feeling that I have for God as a Mormon, I just can't deny... I had so many special experiences that I cannot deny. Believing in God is so great, and knowing about this life and after life is such a blessing for me. We as Mormons also know that our family can be together forever. Knowing God and knowing all of these are like looking at the blue blue sky with a warm sun in the nice calm weather and feeling so great.. Because of being a Mormon, even though there are grey clouds sometimes, I know there is always that blue blue sky behind them too. :)

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church on Sundays, saying prayers, and reading scriptures, I visit other members of the church, keep the covenants we made with God, spend time with my family, and most of all, just try to be a good and kind person. Going to church on Sunday was very different for me at first. Growing up, I went to the Buddhist or Shinto temple sometimes, but I never went to church every Sunday. Now, we try not to shop and have more quieter day. It was hard at first, because I grew up doing all kinds of activities together as a family on Sundays. As I got older, I look forward to Sundays and having quiet and peaceful times on that day, so I can spend time together with my family. I enjoy visiting my friends and making new friends. Reading scriptures and saying prayers helps me so much, especially when you feel down or in trouble or anything. Since most of my family and many of my friends are not Mormon, I try to be a good example. Most of them understand the things I do and why I do them. If they ask me questions, I simply answer them, hoping they understand that I care. I actually like to be asked and to talk about my religion because I feel that they care and want to get to know me. It sounds like I do so much as a Mormon, but my life is a pretty normal and happy one. I have only lived half of my life as a Mormon, so I understand what it is like to not be Mormon and how people outside the church perceive us. I was the one judging them before I joined the church! I also love to find out and recognize my talents so I can use them for others. I am finding out that I like to help people a lot, even though sometimes it is not easy to get going. I love people and love to talk and to be with them with great feelings. I am happy that I have family, doing things with my family is the best! I live my life with a full of understanding and full of life, and even though there can be up and downs, I always come back to the great feeling and the happiness at the end.

What is the priesthood?

"All male members of the Church who are prepared receive the priesthood in order to help lead the Church and serve Heavenly Father’s children. " And only men can receive. Some women protest that the women should also receive the priesthood but I really believe the women don't need to receive it. We as women have different attributes and talents, we don't need to act like men in every aspect. I grew up quite tomboy, raised to compete with boys, and I still believe we are capable to do all or most that men can do too. However, there are many things we are better at, and we can do that sometimes Men can't do. The great example is to bear children. No man can't do that naturally. We as a women are blessed to have the privilege to have one of the best work in this world. I am so grateful that I had that. The men in the other word, they have priesthood to do what they have and what they could be good at. Show more Show less