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Hi I'm Keana Nonu

I grew up in California. I moved to Utah when I was 16. I will be serving in the Chile Concepcion South mission. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Sacramento, California. My mom was born and raised in sunny California, while my dad was born and raised on the beautiful island of Samoa. I love my culture, and everything that surrounds it. When I was 16 they moved me to Saratoga Springs, Utah. That was the biggest culture shock I have ever been apart of. Soon after, I got used to it and loved the many examples I surrounded myself with. I grew to love it, and it has been one of the biggest reasons I have chosen to serve a mission. I have been called to the Chile Concepcion South mission. I will be going to the Mexico MTC and going onto Chile 6 weeks later. I will live there for 18 months serving the people of Chile. When I return to Utah I will be going to college majoring in Anthropology & minoring in Psychology. It's an odd combination, but I love cultures & learning about them. I also love to learn about the human mind and how that works. That's me!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. I went to church on Sundays, early morning seminary, 4th period seminary, youth activities during the week, extra service opportunities on the weekends, girl's camp, youth conferences, and I still never really had a testimony. It wasn't until I moved into a Samoan branch with leaders who truly put me and my needs first. I started to gain a testimony in my last year of youth. My testimony only grew stronger as I started my mission papers. I began to read the scriptures myself instead of only with a class or during church. There, I found truth. I found what I had never felt before. Many describe the feeling of the spirit as a "burning in your bosom." I never really understood this feeling until I opened my mission call. As I read the words "Dear Sister Nonu: You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Chile Concepcion South mission." I felt the spirit incredibly strong. Then, I realized what I have been learning for the past 19 years was nothing but the truth. I am a Mormon because of the comfort and the love I feel through this gospel. I am a Mormon because without my faith I wouldn't know what to do in times of trials and tribulations. I am a Mormon because I know this is the truest church on the face of this earth. I know Jesus is the Christ and that my Heavenly Father lives. I know that if we follow our Heavenly Father we will receive tremendous blessings. I am a Mormon because without my faith I would stray from what is right. I am incredibly grateful for this gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example to those I associate myself with. Going to high school in California was far different than going to high school in Utah. In California I saw the people I went to school with be more involved with drugs, alcohol, etc. I was 1 of 4 Mormon students. They always knew I wouldn't be apart of it. When they asked me I would always say "because I'm Mormon and we don't believe in putting those harmful things in our bodies." They never asked more, but they knew to just leave me out of their partying. When I came to Utah I was a different example. When the missionary age changed I planned to serve when I was 19. The time came, I submitted my papers, and my call was in the mailbox. Out of my close group of friends I was the first girl to receive my call. I was called to serve in Chile. 2 months later another one of us submitted their papers soon after one left for his mission. We can live our faith by being examples to all. Even when you don't try people look up to you. They watch your actions & behaviors. You're an example to all. Be the good example.