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Hi I'm Kura O'connor Tovey

I was born in Tahiti and grew up in Marquesas. I was 12 years old when I got baptized. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of 8 children. My mother, Ziella Kahiti Vivish O'connor is from Tahiti and my father, Robert Pierre O'connor is from Hiva-Oah (Marquesas islands). I grew up in the marquesas islands. French is our official language, but I also speak Marquesan. Our family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in 1989 then we got sealed in the Tahiti Temple in 1991. In 1992, I had to go to Tahiti to attend High School. It was very hard but because of the gospel and my parents teachings, I was able to stay active in the church. I graduated in 1995, then a year later, I went to BYU-Hawaii. I graduated in 2001 in TESOL, I married my sweeheart , David E.Tovey, in April 2001 and I've lived here since then. I currently work at BYUH Student Leadership Activities and Service and I teach French and EIL on campus. David works at the TVA maintenance. We had 2 boys and they left this earth to serve the Lord. I always wanted to have 8 children, hopefully someday. I love to dance, sing, go to the beach, watch movies, and spend time with my families. I also love to cook, make tahitian raw fish, banana po'e, chicken carbonara, stir fry, chaw mein, and many other food. I love Laie, it's so peaceful and calm. I'm proud to live in this beautiful, place. Although I miss my family back home in Marquesas, Laie is my home now.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because I choose Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost. I choose happiness, love and care. Life is short and we need to do the best we can to grow, improve and build the kingdom of God. I'm actually working in the student leadership department at BYU-Hawaii, and I love our stewardship statement: We provide transformational leadership development, wholesome activities, and service learning opportunities for the students to identify their divine nature and destiny in life and the kingdom of God. I want to share that love with everyone. The gospel is true.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving in the YSA Halela'a Ward as a relief Society Mentor and my husband, David Tovey is in the Bishopbric as the 1st councilor. We are happy to serve in this ward. It's a little bit different from our family ward, which is Laie 4th Ward, but we are used to it now. We are love it. The church is still true...hahahhaha