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Hi I'm Parker

I grew up in Okinawa Japan. I now live in Hawaii. I love the ocean. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a Student attending Brigham Young University Hawaii and live on the north shore of the island. I am studying Political Science and International Relations as I want to work for the state department as a Diplomat. I lived most of my life in Okinawa Japan where I learned how to surf. It was then I realized that I wanted to do it as much as possible for as long as I could. I moved from the island to Utah and spent a few hard years land locked but picked up other fun sports to pass the time like snowboarding or rock climbing. Eventually I went to southern Italy where I served as a missionary for the church. I learned Italian, loved the food and loved the people. I was called on a special assignment to the island of Malta to further the work and learn the language (an Arabic dialect). It was there I decided I wanted to study politics and international relations. I met many people who had fled their homes due to war and poverty and saw that they were in a state of hopelessness. I want to work with the government to help people all over the world no matter where they come from, what religion they are or what happened in their past to have a fulfilling and happy life. Along the way if I can get in the water and catch a few choice waves then I will be very happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for one simple reason. It makes sense. Logically, it makes the most sense for me. I have always had a desire to understand why I exist on this rock that is flying through space. I have always wondered if I am the only one that thinks these things. I always wanted to know if I appeared out of thin air and when I die will lose everything I worked for in this life and will simply cease to exist. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints answers those questions perfectly for me. I studied and studied what the church teaches and found the answers I was looking for. I prayed to know if what I learned from my study was true and the Lord answered my prayer. It wasn't a concourse of angles appearing in front of me shouting praises of confirmation it was a subtle feeling. You know how when you fall in love with someone and you know you want to spend the rest of your life with them and they tell you that they love you too and was the same and you can't really describe the feeling? It was like that. I felt loved. I felt that I was important to Heavenly Father. He knew me and I knew He knew me. That was confirmation enough. I am not always good at being a Mormon, I am only human, but I try my best and I am incredibly happy. I have never been happier.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is sometimes a difficult thing to do to if I am going to be completely honest. There are many things that are required of my and sometimes, when coupling those responsibilities with other like school work, it is very overwhelming to the point I don't feel like doing anything. However, because I know that it is right and I know that the Lord wants me to do my best I give it my best shot. I am currently the Assistant Executive Secretary for the ward I am in. This means that I am responsible for helping the leadership of the church with pretty much anything they need at any given time. Mostly, I set up appointments for people to meet with the leadership. It is very time consuming but I love doing it. I get to meet and work with everyone in the ward and I get to know them on a personal level. Outside of church responsibilities I try and be as active in the community as I can. I live right on the beach so as often as possible I try and go out and clean up the trash that washes on shore so that everyone can enjoy a clean environment. I also work with people at the Polynesian Cultural Center to help the thousands of guests have a great experience here in our community.