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Hi I'm Ina

I am 2nd generation Samoan American, I've lived most of my life in Southern California and I am a 4th generation Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful husband and together we have 4 wonderful children and 4 grand babies whom we love dearly. I love sports especially Volleyball, Basketball, and Sports fishing (not so much the release part though!). Due to an work injury, I find myself needing re-education in a different field of work. I look forward to that challenge and making it a fun adventure.

Why I am a Mormon

I have to tell you that being a 4th generation Mormon doesn't automatically make you a believer or a faithful member. For many years, I was confused about what I knew to be true. Mostly, I was devastated with the one loss that had affected my life so deeply; the loss of my mother when I was 16 yrs old. I knew the gospel teachings and understood them but when I had a chance to live what I knew, I failed. I looked to the world to give me the comfort I felt I needed, and of course, that route failed me miserably. I knew no peace or comfort in my choices for many years and looking back I regret that wasted time. I finally decided to go back to the basics turning to the author of love, Heavenly Father. Since that turn about, I have known peace unimagined and love unmeasured through the gospel of Jesus Christ. I testify that there is no other way whereby we can gain salvation and return to our Heavenly Father then by living His gospel, keeping His commandments, doing our best to serve Him. I testify with every part of my being that God, the Father, lives. I testify that He sent His Son, even Jesus Christ, to redeem us from the sins of this world. He is our Savior and Redeemer and our purest example of obedience to the Father's will. This is His church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I testify that the Holy Ghost is our constant companion if we live worthy of His guidance. Heavenly Father has given us all these blessings because of His love. He wants us to return to Him with our loved ones. I pray that you will find out for yourselves this truth and not depend on the knowledge of others to carry you through the hard times for it is inevitable that they will come. My prayer is that you will feel that love deep within your soul and seek to know more about it.

How I live my faith

Not all of my immediate family are members of the church. This could have tested my faith but I was determined that I would live my faith to show my Heavenly Father that I put my complete trust in Him. In more ways than I can explain, my living my faith has been a source of strength for my husband, children and grand-children. I love the youth of the church. They hold a special place in my heart. I've served in the youth program for 12 years. It was a time of growth and happiness for me as I look back to everything that I've participated in. I've learned to love easily no matter the youth's background. I've learned that it all depended on me if I would impact that sweet spirit positively or not. That has resonated in my relationships with my family, extended family members, friends and co-workers. Working with them has made me want to be a better person in life and my dealings with others. I am now a visiting teacher, chorister, assist in the Library and play piano for children's Sharing Time. I love what I do no matter what I'm asked to do. There's a wonderful song who's lyrics go like this: "My hands are the Lord's hands, without me, how can His work be done?" And that I believe is why I love to serve others...I am the Lord's representative in all that I can do in His place.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Ina
Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is our perfect example for all answers to our questions. He preached and taught the people as he traveled by His own means. He fed them, healed them, prayed for them; indeed He showed compassion in every way. He neither asked to be paid, nor did he bid his disciples to ask for money. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we carry on the Savior's teachings. Members of the church serve each other in a way that lifts and lightens burdens. We are called to serve in different and unique ways. Some have been blessed with talents that allow them to serve in music, teaching, missionary work and leadership positions. Others have a lot more responsibility but we are all blessed equally when we give of our time, means, efforts and charity, which is the pure love of Christ. These positions are put to prayerful consideration to our Savior for guidance as to who He wants to serve in various capacities. In every way, the Savior takes part. I love music but if I were only to serve in music, I would not get the opportunity to be a leader. Sometimes the callings given to us are out of our comfort zone. But if we fulfill our duties with faith and with all our might, we will have gained knowledge and skills to become what our Heavenly Father wants us to be. Show more Show less