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Hi I'm Lily Oda

I'm a student from Ohio preparing to serve a mission in Japan. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Ohio and am now a student at Brigham Young University in Utah. I love going to school which is fortunate because I may be there a while-- I have yet to decide on a major! I am also a big health nut. A day rarely passes when I do not either run or weight train, and I eat about half my body weight in vegetables, fruits, and banana oatmeal every day. I have been blessed with wonderful family members, and they have taught me and shaped me in more and better ways than I can ever give them credit for. I love spending time with my friends and meeting new people. I have been called to serve a mission in Tokyo and I cannot wait to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the Japanese people!

Why I am a Mormon

I was a Mormon as a child and young teenager because my family was Mormon. Going to church, saying prayers together, and having weekly Family Nights was just the way life was! And it was a good life, I just never put a huge amount of thought into why. As a teenager I started assigning more meaning to my church-related habits. I read scriptures on my own and loved how I could find in them the basis on which our church was built. I began to develop a greater appreciation for prayer-- Heavenly Father cares and wants to hear from me, a nerdy high-schooler! How spectacular! Moving out to college, my testimony had a greater opportunity to grow. In the past year and a half, I have grown to love the gospel of Jesus Christ more and more.

How I live my faith

Since going to college and living on my own, I have been learning more and more that the Latter-Day Saint faith is an all-encompassing one. The more I apply what I learn from scripture study, my church leaders, and wise friends, the more I see my faith permeating every aspect of my life. And I am the happiest when I allow that to happen! On a daily basis, I live my faith by praying, studying my scriptures, and doing my best to have positive, honest interactions with those I see-- be it roommate, professor, or stranger. Last semester I was the president of the women's organization in my student congregation, and, though the task was daunting at first, I loved being able to get to know the girls, help them and just be their friend. I of course spend the majority of my time studying and working, but one thing I love about this religion is that it encourages education and honest, hard work. We can be faithful members of the church all while pursuing our interests and goals!