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Hi I'm Taarai Teirua

I grew up in the beautiful Island of Kiribati,i belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints.

About Me

I love to play soccer and volleyball. I'm an only child of my parents, I'm a spoiled brat haha. I like to sing and dance and laugh and share. I'm currently serving a mission in Temple Square. I love being a missionary. I have been tried so many times and have all the reasons to go home and quit but I didn't. I stayed because I love the Lord and wants to serve Him.

Why I am a Mormon

Two years ago I never thought I will be where I am right now. I am very active in my faith. I was a member of the Catholic church and I actually wanted to be a Nun. One day my uncle he invited the missionaries to meet with me. I was open to it because my uncle is a really good man and I love him. When I started learning from the missionaries I didn't believe in the priesthood because I have always learned that it is in my church. Then they invited me to read the Book of Mormon and to pray about it. I received my answer through the power of the Holy Ghost. I received the confirmation that the Book of Mormon is true. I had a desire to be baptised but my parents won't allow me. I waited for 2 more months then I was baptised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the true and only living church of Christ. I was so happy and I wanted to be a missionary! I was called to serve in the Philippines Angeles Mission. In the Missionary Training Center I got sick and needed to be hospitalized for 5 months. It was probably the hardest part of my life. I didn't tell my parents right away because I knew they will get mad and worry. Then finally the people in the Hospital called my parents. My mom asked me how I was doing and I told her that I will not respond if she wouldn't answer my question first. I asked her "Will you be baptised by someone who have the priesthood authority of God?" she said "Yes..". Then I told her what happened to me. In December 2014 my parents got baptised while I was on my mission. The things I experienced in the hospital was so hard for me but the happiness I felt when my parents got baptised made it all worth it. A couple of months after they got baptised I was reassigned to Temple Square Mission. I found out that my dad passed away. But I'm so grateful because he accepted the gospel before he left this mortal life. Now I'm looking forward for the next year so that I can be sealed with them for time and all eternity!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by helping my parents to receive the gospel and to live it for themselves. I share the gospel to people that visit in Temple Square and call investigators in my own country, Kiribati. I always laugh even when things are hard to show to others that the gospel can make us happy.