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Hi I'm Kalai

Im from Hawaii, but a missionary in the Thailand Bangkok Mission. I love exploring the outdoors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have three younger siblings that I love and together we all enjoy being active. From bike rides to days at the beach we love it all. I have grown to love the outdoors through various camping, backpacking, cycling, and hiking trips. My passion for cycling has grown tremendously and I enjoy all aspects of the bike. From riding all the way down to cleaning and maintaining my own bike, I feel a great sense of fulfillment from all of the work. When I'm not biking I also enjoy running. Having completed my first marathon when I was 16, I can honestly say that I do not plan on doing another one. Racing was always fun for me because I personally was able to see how I progressed from my first 5k all the way up to when I started placing in my age division for 10k's. Being active keeps me happy and fit.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church, but over time I slowly gained a greater appreciation for the gospel. As life began to get more challenging, from the pressure of school, sports, friends, and family, I wasn't sure where to turn. It seemed at that point, everything was against me. Then I remember learning in church that we should always trust the Lord and pray. So one night, I got down on my knees and prayed. I prayed as if it all depended on God, then worked the next day as if everything depended upon me. For some miraculous reason, things started to get better and I slowly figured out my life. I was attending church, the gospel really made my life great, but the summer before I left for my Freshman year at college I got into an accident. I was biking down an empty road to go and meet my friend so we could jog along a course he was planning on racing later that week. The road was a bit wet from some earlier rain showers and clouds were still in the sky, but it was so nice and cool. Cruising down this street, all of a sudden I see a car turn right into my path. Next thing I know, I'm face up in the middle of the street having no idea where my bike went. It's just this big blur where cops and a fire truck and the ambulance all come rushing. Lying down, looking at the sky, I have no idea how bad I was injured. But I prayed a great prayer of gratitude to God for preserving my body in that moment. In the ER thankfully nothing was broken, just lots of deep bruising, and slowly I began my recovery. Rather than being bitter about this accident, I was thankful for this trial in my life. I was humbled and comforted throughout this traumatic event because of what I learned in the gospel. His gospel is one of completeness, making all men whole and giving us all the knowledge we need to return to live with God.

How I live my faith

While attending college, I had a responsibility within my ward to be a hometeaching supervisor. This duty included checking up on other male members of our ward to see if they had visited those families that they were assigned to visit and check up on. As a hometeacher, brethren of the Mormon church go and visit families or individuals to help them in any way possible. Being a supervisor, I oversaw that the brethren visited those members that they needed to take care of, ensuring that each member was taken care of. Im serving a two year Mormon mission in Thailand and enjoy sharing my testimony often. Through sharing and talking about my experiences I find that my faith has grown immensely.