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Hi I'm Eri Brenna Takahashi

I'm from the Sunshine Coast, Australia. I study Arts and Sciences. I love my family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in a multicultural country such as Australia, I've come to develop a strong appreciation and fascination with foreign cultures. During my secondary and tertiary schooling, I've studied two foreign languages and travelled to eight different countries. I also have great interest in religious history and religions around the world -above all Christianity, Islam and Judaism. I moved to the city recently to study at University, and I was blessed to find a community so diverse in ethnicities and, more importantly, accepting of cultural differences. This has allowed me to expand my knowledge of the world around me and to understand the reason behind conflict and wars. I also take units in the sciences namely Math, Human Biology and Chemistry and find great interest in all of these subjects. I love reading. My favourite is epic fantasy, but I also love science-fiction, young adult, history, articles and poetry. I'm interested in community service and would like to do more of it. My Mother and I have travelled to South America, volunteering in young orphanages to help with things such as childcare and education. Unfortunately I haven't made the time to do such a thing again, but I hope to be able to do so in the future. Lastly, I love the Arts. I play a few instruments and enjoy attending musicals, plays, ballets, operas and orchestra performances. It is my desire to eventually conduct an orchestra of my own and share my perception of music with those who will listen.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a member of this church because I have received clear and undeniable witnesses of the truthfulness of the gospel, and because of the great joy that I feel being a member of His church. I haven't always been a good example of a Latter-day saint. Growing up, I didn't have a true appreciation of the gospel of Jesus Christ or the teachings thereof. I neglected to share my faith and to bring others unto Christ. I was prideful and therefore it took many trials and lessons before I was able to learn, to humble myself before God and to feel His great love for me. I was blessed with a faithful family and faithful friends, who supported me and lifted me when I fell down. I had great teachers and righteous priesthood leaders who showed concern. Above all, I had my Saviour who never left me despite my less-than-pleasant demeanour. Who only showed me love and guidance through the power of the Holy Spirit. It was these things that helped me to gain a testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that the prophet Joseph Smith was called of God to lead and restore Christ's church to the Earth, and that through the power of God he was able to translate another record of Jesus Christ; The Book of Mormon -which teachings are true. And I know Christ lives and that He will come again.

How I live my faith

Because I moved recently, I haven't had a chance to serve other members of my ward and community in a calling, however I have had the chance to share my talents. I often play the piano or conduct the music for church meetings and baptisms. I'm part of a choir that travels to different chapels of the same church and sings during the meetings. Sometimes, when I visit my home ward, I'm given the privilege of preparing and teaching lessons about Christ and our Gospel to the youth (12-17yrs) of the church. Both of my wards have been very active in the community with conducting service projects for different demographics such as the elderly, the young and the needy. I'm blessed to be part of a religious community that cares actively about those around us. In the past few days I received my call to serve as a missionary of the Church in Hong Kong, China for 18 months. This has been the greatest accomplishment in my life so far, to show the integrity I admire in other so much and to give myself entirely to the Lord. I'm excited to be able to serve the people of Hong Kong.