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Hi I'm Tiana

I am from Virginia, born and raised in the church. I am Maori and American. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love music. My family is probably the most important thing to me. I am going to college to study Social Work and Peacebuilding. I dabble in photography. I play guitar, piano, banjo, and ukulele. I like to sing and I like to dance. Reading is a favorite pastime. I play volleyball and basketball. I embrace my differences and like to be myself. I like to help people. I want to travel and learn about people and the world. I like to move and to get out. Kids are marvelous and they can think up the craziest things. People are interesting, Nature is intriguing, and Animals surprise me. I'm taking time off from school to serve a full-time mission in the Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia Mission. I'm really excited to share my testimony and learn with the people of Argentina.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and raised with this Gospel. For a long while I questioned whether it was a blessing or a curse - but not really a curse just a challenge. This may sound weird at first but I'll try to explain. For most of the converts that I've known and spoken to, they tend to have had a marvelous spiritual experience that helped them realize what they had been missing all their lives. For a lot of people, they had never felt the Holy Ghost or had any type of witness around them of the warmth and truth that the Gospel invites. I, on the other hand, had always been around it, always been exposed to it, so I had never felt the difference from being with or without the Holy Ghost. While this may not seem significant, it made me question whether I had felt it, whether I knew what was true, if people were telling the truth when they bore their testimonies about it. So, mostly through my youth I was just going along with my family because it was what I did, but then after some not-so-hardcore scripture reading and formulation of scripture reading habits, I started feeling the difference. Soon enough I was more "in tune" to the Spirit. Instead of doing things because it's what I had always done, I enjoyed them and wanted to be part of it. I slowly gained a testimony of the church through example and through my own personal work to try and attain it. I know that God lives and the Jesus died for us. I know that God hates to see us suffer, but wants us to learn and grow and we can turn to him for help and strength. Prayer is powerful and faith is one of the strongest things we may have to lean on. God loves us and it's that simple. He would do anything for us, we just have to ask. Once our wants and his are aligned we can be unstoppable. Living our beliefs may be hard but there are greater rewards waiting for us when we do that one simple thing. We are each individually special, significant, and different. It takes all of us.

How I live my faith

I was a laurel president of my home ward. I am now in Relief Society in College. Regular Scripture study and reading is very important to me. Journaling everyday, or mostly every day, is a huge part of my testimony and life. Personal prayer is the one thing that has gotten me through particularly rough times and I don't think that I would have gotten through those times without knowing that I can pray. There are some guidelines that I think are silly sometimes, but the Lord has said "if ye love me, keep my commandments." So, to show my love for my God and Savior, I do what I have been counseled to do. It's simple; hard to accomplish sometimes, but simple. I try a little everyday to do the things I know are right. And when I am too weak to stay strong, there's always someone out there to lean on.