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Hi I'm Simone

I'm from Auckland, NZ. I'll be serving as a missionary in the Marshall Islands Majuro Mission. I'm a convert and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and have lived here my whole life. I wasn't raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In fact, I wasn't raised with any religious influences at all. Parts of my adolescent years weren't the best but I found healing when I was baptised at age 18 and haven't looked back since. It's been the best decision I have ever made. I enjoy reading and learning about all topics, especially history. Living in Auckland is great! I love exploring the beaches, lakes, mountains, parks, volcanoes (although they're inactive) and so much more that Auckland has to offer. I also love spending time with my friends and family. My favourite thing to do is to eat out with them at different places (some quirky, some cool, some hip, some cheap) all over the city.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints nor was I familiar with any religion at all. However I remember quite distinctly two encounters that I had throughout my life with the Mormon missionaries. The first occurred when I was about 8 years old. It was a sunny afternoon and my mother was speaking to two men in suits. I don't remember what they were speaking about but as they went to leave one of the elders, Elder Anderson, gave me a card with a picture of the Salt Lake City Temple on it. I kept it for many years, not really understanding what it was or what church it was part of. The second encounter occurred when I was about 15 years old. I was living with my grandparents at this time and was doing some cleaning one day. There was a knock at the door and as I opened it I saw two young men, again in suits. We had a short conversation about myself and what I was doing, they asked if they could return when someone was home and I agreed. But a few days later when they called to follow up, I politely told them that I wasn't interested in joining their church. A few short years later some high school friends invited me to come to some church activities. On my first day of church I was so impressed at the kindness of those greeting me. They made me feel very welcome and I wanted to come again and again. As the missionaries taught me, what they were teaching made sense to me and although I didn't understand everything I decided to be baptised. It wasn't until a few months later when I started seriously reading the Book of Mormon that I gained a testimony of its truthfulness! From that point on, I immersed myself in church activities and embarked on a journey of change and self-improvement and haven't looked back since!

How I live my faith

I'm currently in the Auckland YSA 1st Ward where we meet at Robertson Road Chapel in Mangere. I love being a part of this ward as I get to create new friendships with like-minded people as well as strengthen existing friendships. We have so much fun together participating in activities such as dances, hikes, swimming or even just spending time at one another's homes. Once a fortnight I am assigned to teach Sunday School (which is during the second hour of our Church Meeting) which is a huge delight for me. I love teaching my fellow peers and learning along with them. I work for a Christian charity where we focus on helping communities in developing countries become self-sufficient over a period of time. It's been such a rewarding experience and has helped me to strengthen what I learn and study as I read the Book of Mormon each day.

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