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Hi I'm Elijah

I was born in Honolulu and raised in New York City. 3rd best junior racquetball player in the state. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an Eagle Scout, an avid racquetball player, and a sophomore at BYU-Hawaii studying Finance and Accounting. My mother was born and raised in Singapore and went to school at BYU-Hawaii. My dad grew up in New York, and was stationed in Pearl Harbor with the Navy. He converted to the church at age 21. My family consists of three younger siblings and fifteen younger cousins. Watching sports is my passion. I would sneak out of class to watch the New York Rangers play in the Stanley Cup. I am huge into college basketball, and I could watch any two teams play, regardless of how well-known they are. I also haven't missed a single BYU basketball or football game for the past two years. However I would never watch sports on Sunday. My beliefs were always top priority. But as much as I love sports, deep down, my priorities are always in mind. Going to school in Hawaii is tough. There are distractions everywhere, just like in any place. I decided one day, right before school started, that I would be the perfect student in terms of getting my schoolwork done. I would set aside trips to Temple Beach and hikes up Maunawili Falls to accomplish my goal of a 4.0. I wanted to be the good student I never was. I have truly learned the power of commitment. I decided to turn that will of commitment into something greater by going on a mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that there are things in this life that are much greater than any of us can comprehend. Our time here on earth is short, and there is so much we can do with it. I want to return to live with my Heavenly Father. I am looking forward to a day where I can meet him face to face, and stand blameless before him. But there is so much work to be done, and like I said, so little time to do it in. Our short lives are a test. All of us have the opportunity and the tools to be the best we can be. If you begin to doubt yourself, instead, question those doubts. With faith in Christ, and the necessary actions, He can help you accomplish anything or become anyone your truly set your sights on and work toward. It is not always easy. In fact, much of life is difficulty. Being a Mormon has helped me in every aspect. There is so much support and understanding that I feel when going to church that all of my troubles seem to melt away... And underneath I see what life is all about. I know that the Book of Mormon is a testament of God's love for his children in these modern days. He is always looking out for us. These things I leave with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I turned in my papers a few months ago and soon I will be leaving for Turkey on my mission. This journey will be yet another step into the darkness. I am not a good speaker by any means. It will be another humbling, strengthening, and difficult experience for me, but I know that there are many people counting on me. With it is a sacrifice of two full years of friends, family, and sports. But I will never be alone. I know that we are children of our Father in Heaven. I know that the Lord watches over all of his children. He knows us personally, each and every one of us. He knows what we go through on a daily basis. The struggles, the temptations, the setbacks and disappointments. He is always there for us. He hears all of your prayers.