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Hi I'm Anela

I was born and raised here in Honolulu, Hawaii. I'm a Pacific Islander , a proud CODA, He Melemona Au and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Aloha! My name is Anela and I am from Hawaii (Oahu to be specific). I am currently 19 years old and will be serving a mission in the Utah Salt Lake City West Mission and preparing to preach the gospel in my native language American Sign Language. I am a CODA (Child of a Deaf Adult) to my mother who is deaf and I enjoy being bilingual in English and American Sign Language. I attended BYU-Hawaii for two and a half semesters and plan to minor in Hawaiian Studies as well as major in Education. I enjoy teaching especially in something I hold dear to my heart which is my culture, the Hawaiian culture.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert or a person who was not born within this church. I was originally attending another religion with my mother but as the years went by we eventually left the religion and joined this church. My mother was a member of this church for years but had left it for her reasons. I joined the church when I was nine years old although I was young for some reason I had a feeling this was a good church for me. Through many trials I could see the hands of God as well as the gospel lift me through the trials I've gone through. I see His tremendous love that he has for us and although we may not understand why we need to go through the things we go through, it will all come to an understanding with purpose behind it. As I continue to be raised in this gospel I see the blessings that come from Him and I am forever grateful for them as well as for my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by setting good examples for other people whether it is in the church, work place, school or even in home. I read my scriptures daily and build a better knowledge of what I need to do to improve myself each day. I pray daily to God asking Him for help that I need or especially with my struggles I would be going through. I also thank Him for blessing me with what I have and forget of the things that I don't have but also wouldn't need. The moments when I say nobody understands what I am going through is when I know I can go to Him who went through it all.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another testament of God just like the Bible we also have the Book of Mormon. If you ever wondered that the Bible is taken place in Jerusalem and during those times were there anything going on in the Americas? Well this Book of Mormon takes place in the Americas and just as Bible which had prophets to help share what God wanted to the people in Jerusalem or Egypt and whatnot, the Book of Mormon had prophets to help share to the people in the Americas. There are various stories of people in the Book of Mormon who showed much faith and bravery to many people who were wanting to bring them down and to prove they were wrong. Show more Show less