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Hi I'm Miwa

Missionaries introduced gospel to my family when I was seven, as we lived a block away from the church in Tokyo. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student majoring in physiology and developmental biology. I love exercising, playing sports like basketball and volleyball, playing the piano and violin, and playing with my pets. I can speak Japanese, English and Chinese. Food is my weakness like many other people... and I can eat about anything , and I am a very fast eater:)) I was born and raised in Japan until I was thirteen and moved to the states in 2009. My parents are Chinese, so other then my immediate family who are in the states, my grandparents and two uncles who are in Japan, all of my distant families live in China. My mom, sister, and I are the first and only mormons in the entire family tree...yet. After my parent's divorce, we moved to an apartment just a block away from the church. So the missionaries came knocking and thats how we join the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I got baptized on my eighth birthday which was a year after my mom’s baptism. At the time, I did not understand what I was going through, or that I was making a commitment as I was by getting baptized. I got baptized because my mom did and the missionaries asked me to, so it seemed like the right thing to do. As a member, I was never too interested in the church. I went to church every Sunday because hanging out with friends after the program was fun, and I obeyed the commandment whenever it was convenient for myself.On my first visit to the temple, I wasn’t anticipating much, but rather I was a little disappointed that I could not hang out with my friends on a Saturday. I met up with the leaders at the train station and I realized something was off as I saw them wearing Sunday cloth while I walked toward them wearing a T-shirt and shorts. When I entered the Tokyo temple, I felt even more unease being surrounded by people in Sunday clothe. I felt like I didn’t belong there. As I looked at the names that were handed to me, I felt some kind of connection to the people that I was going to be baptized for.I started to pray to Heavenly Father, apologizing to Him that such an unworthy person like me had to enter his sacred building, so I begged for forgiveness. But instead of anger, what I felt as I prayed, was comfort and a soft, warm feeling embracing me as if welcoming me and congratulating me for being in the temple for the first time. I will never forget the feeling I felt that day which taught me that no matter how unworthy we feel for ourselves, Heavenly Father always loves us. Our worth is never a concern to Heavenly Father, but what he really concerns over is the progress in reaching the goal of returning to him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing what pleases Heavenly Father. I attend church on Sundays, try to study the scripture daily, pray often, and be kind to others. I've served in the youth leadership to plan activities for the youth, as a teacher to the women in my ward, and as a chorister. Doing these things may not be much, but these things have made me happy because what pleases Heavenly Father also please me.