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Hi I'm Anoa

I am the oldest of 11 children. I'm a Mormon & I LOVE IT!

About Me

I love to play volleyball and spend most of my time with my family. My parents have been divorced since I was 3 months old. I have recently been called to serve in the Sydney South, Australia Mission, Tongan Speaking. I have 10 half siblings. I am the only one between my biological parents. My dad is remarried but my mother is not. I love both my moms the same and my dad is my best friend!

Why I am a Mormon

My father was born a member but left the church around his teenage years and my mother was forced to become a member. Growing up I guess you can say I was always in and out of the church. My parents were divorced when I was still a baby. Luckily, I am still very close with both my parents including my step-mother. I could have left the church after I graduated but, I chose to stay. I stayed because I was blessed to be able to find out for myself at the age of 15 that this was where I needed to be. I had a lot of disagreements with my mother about certain people she let come into our lives because a lot of the times I felt like it was leading us downhill. She was just blinded at first. That's when I prayed, I fasted, I read my scriptures and even turned to many of my church leaders to help me out. It wasn't until that summer when I went to visit my dad like I usually do that finally I asked him for a priesthood blessing. I felt like that was what I needed all along. It gave me answers and strengthened my testimony. I was able to rebuild the relationship that my mother and I had and it also made me want to go out and serve! My mother is inactive which made it a challenge at times but, we were both able to grow from it. It took many years but from prayers and faith. My mother is now stronger but still struggling but she what means the most to me is that she has a strong testimony. A testimony which she had built on her own faith and trials. I love that Heavenly Father is such a giving and merciful father and the many chances that we have to be able to repent for our every mistake.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church meetings and our Young Single Adults activities regularly. I partake of the sacrament and try my best to keep the commandments. I do not have a calling in the church at the moment but I do try my best to help all my siblings whenever they need it. I lend out a helping hand to those who need. I try to serve others as much as possible because I love the feeling I get and the spirit that I feel afterwards. I share the gospel with others as much as possible whether their inactive, members and especially non-members. I have accepted the call to be a full-time missionary and put my life on hold so that I can bring others back unto Christ.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Anoa
I use to ask this same question myself. It wasn't until I got older and one of my Sunday school teachers explained it to me in a different way. He said that everything in this world doesn't even belong to us in the first place. Our car, home, clothes, shoes, jobs, money and even our family all belong to our Heavenly Father. He then goes on to explain how we shouldn't be selfish or greedy when we pay our tithing of only 10% of our total earnings. If we really sit back and add it up....that's really nothing. I truly do believe that paying your tithing will bring such tremendous blessings to your life and I know this from experience. My family is definitely not rich in fact we are "barely making it". But I know because of us paying our tithing we have been able to stretch our dollars into hundreds. In fact, we are rich. Rich in blessings. Show more Show less