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Hi I'm Fiesta Fialogo Merrick

I was born in Vaimoso Samoa. My husband and I have nine children and twenty four grandchildren. I'm a Mormon. ,

About Me

Although I was born in Vaimose we lived in many villages in Upolu and Savaii where we often had to walk miles to the nearest church building. When I was about 8 years old we moved to American Samoa which was a big transition for my family of 9. Even then we move quite a lot until settling in Mesepa. I went to elementary school at Manulele, and graduated from Mapusaga High School which was a great experience. During this time my parents made sure that we were able to attend church at the various LDS meeting houses close to where we lived and every Monday night we had Family Home Evening at our house. When I grew up I had a desire to have my own family and teach them the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because it brought me stability in my life. The Teachings I learned at church and in Family Home Evening gave me a testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ and how I could depend on him to help me through troubled times.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon give me great peace and comfort as I have begun to know my Savior Jesus Christ. I learning more about him, I know more about myself and what I need to do to become more like him. His Atoning Sacrifice is the most important thing in my life. But I do love the knowledge that being a Mormon has given me. For example I know that Christ is my Savior and that his Father is Our Father in Heaven. That they are separate and individual beings. I love the fact that Jesus has restored the Sealing ordinances to the earth in these latter days and because of that, I can be sealed to my husband not only "until death do us part" but for "Time and All Eternity". I am also sealed to my children for time and all eternity. As long as each one of us continues to follow the God and obey his commandments we will be able to be together in heaven which brings me the most joy and happiness I can conceive of.

How I live my faith

I have tried to follow the example of the Savior and taught my children the principles of the gospel. Those being, that we must all repent because we are not perfect and we need the Savior's atoning sacrifice to make up for our shortcomings. I know that Christ lives and that by believing in him and following his commandments I will be able to live with him some day when I pass from this existence here on earth. But until then I continue to try to teach my children and grand-children those same principles. I have over the years served as a Relief Society, Primary and Young Women President where I have had the chance to help other women, girls and young women learn these same principles as well as working together on temporal activities such as Polynesian luaus, plays like My Turn on Earth, welfare projects like working at the Bishops storehouse or delivering food items to the less fortunate.