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Hi I'm Marla Nalani

I am a mother, teacher, and gardener. I love the Lord. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am part Hawaiian and grew up here in Hawai'i. I am currently a teacher of 6th graders. I have two children; an 18 year old girl, who just started college, and a 12 year old boy, who is in middle school. I love being married to my husband. Some of the things I enjoy are ocean sports such as paddling, body surfing, and fishing. I also love dancing, gardening, and reading. Mostly, I enjoy being spiritually uplifted and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe the teachings of the gospel with all my heart and soul. I was born into a Mormon family, but as a child we only went to church on special occasions. As I grew, I continued to be distant from the church. However, there were so many times when I felt that the Lord was calling me back. As I started my own family, I began to see the value in bringing the Lord and His gospel into our lives. I prayed to know if the Mormon church taught true doctrine and if the prophets were really doing the Lord's work. It took a while, with many small, yet significant experiences, prayer, and fasting before I finally knew the truth. The Lord touched my heart and spoke to my mind that the church was true and that He, Himself, was the founder and leader of it. I became fully converted to the gospel set forth by the Mormon church not long after this experience. I have come a long way since then and have gained so many blessings. My testimony of the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and of my Savior have made all the difference in my life. I know what sorrow is, but with Christ and His church, I also know exquisite joy and peace. I am so grateful to be a part of His church here on the earth.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day and it brings me great peace and joy. Every morning and evening, I pray to my Heavenly Father. I share all of my hopes, dreams and fears with Him and ask Him for strength, courage, and guidance. Each morning I read a little bit in my scriptures to help me prepare for the day ahead. In the evenings, I gather my children for scripture study. We usually read a chapter a night. Right now we are reading in the book of Timothy in the New Testament. Reading the scriptures together brings about awesome questions, and discussions about the scriptures and what Heavenly Father wants us to learn from them. Each Sunday, we go to church and partake of the Sacrament. At church, I am in charge of teaching one lesson a month to the women. It is so uplifting. On Wednesdays, my husband and I help out by working with the scouts in our area. We teach them to be good citizens and to respect and love God. Mostly, I live my faith by trying to do the things the Lord expects of me, being charitable, kind, patient, enduring the trials of life, and trusting Him.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Marla Nalani
God is our loving Father in Heaven. He is just and true and can not lie. His main goal is to perfect each of us so that we can become the person we are meant to be and fulfill our purposes here on the Earth. He wants each of us to return to live with him some day. Sometimes, He may let us struggle so that we can learn the things we need to in order to fulfill this goal. He wants to bless us with the righteous desires of our hearts and loves to hear from us in prayer. Though He knows we will suffer at times, He wants us to be happy and experience joy. He is merciful, kind, and patient. He loves us so much that He sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins, so that we could be forgiven and return to live with Him someday. He provided the Holy Ghost to guide us through this life, with comfort, strength, and knowledge. I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father's love. In sorrow or in joy, I feel it every day and know that He knows me; my hopes, my dreams, my fears, and my doubts. And He knows yours too and is eager to bless you with all that you stand in need of. Show more Show less