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Hi I'm Rawinia

I grew up in Whakaki and attended church in Nuhaka. After serving a mission I was married in the NZ Temple. We have four children.

About Me

I'm an empty nester! This means my children have all grown up and left home. My husband and I are currently hosting students from overseas and we enjoy sharing our beliefs with them. We've even invited them to Church and they have attended of their own free will. I have four children - 3 girls and 1 boy and we also have five beautiful grandchildren - 3 girls and 2 boys - who all live in close proximity of our home and it is always a delight to get together to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions such as Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas. We also celebrate Thanksgiving. My hobbies include tennis, cooking, sewing, knitting, horse riding and blogging. I enjoy updating our family blog, especially after the arrival of a new grandchild. Two of our four children are married and we look forward to the weddings of our other two children. Our son is currently studying abroad at a Church Institution and we enjoy skyping with him most Monday evenings. When the children were little our family lived in Samoa and Australia. We have met many wonderful people during our travels and made global friends. My husband and I have served full-time missions and three of our children have also served missions. Our eldest daughter was married before she reached the required missionary age of 21 and was a huge support to her missionary siblings. We are a very close knit family. I love my husband, my children and my grandchildren!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my parents were Mormon's and my membership in the church stems back seven generations. My parents were married in the New Zealand Temple in 1958 and I was born under the covenant. I was blessed as a baby in the Mormon church, baptised at the age of 8 by my father into the Mormon church and attended all the programmes of the church during my growing years. I graduated from four years of Seminary and also Institute. I served a mission at the age of 21 from November 1983-May 1985. I married my sweetheart in the New Zealand Temple in February 1987 and we had our first baby who was also born under the covenant in January 1988. We have four children each born under the covenant and they have been raised in the Mormon faith too. I have held several callings during my life time in the church and I love to teach and learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is not uncommon to find my family and I attending church on a Sunday, holding Family Home Evening on a Monday night, attending the Temple monthly and actively fulfilling our individual callings during the week. I have come to know for myself through prayer, fasting, service, scripture study, attending the Temple and fulfilling my callings that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored church of Jesus Christ here on the earth in these latter-days. I believe that the living Prophet today is called of God and so are the living apostles. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of our Heavenly Father and that He atoned for the sins of all mankind. I believe that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings but are one in purpose. I believe that the Book of Mormon is true and that it was written by ancient prophets and it's records containing inspired messages for our day and that if we abide by it's precepts our lives will be so much richer for it. I'm a Mormon! I know it, I live it and I love it!

How I live my faith

Living my faith comes easy as it is more of a way of life then a religion. I was born and raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have been actively involved in my religion all my life. I was blessed to be raised in Whakaki on the East Coast of the North Island. I attended the Nuhaka Branch as a primary child and often I'd help my family do a service project of keeping the grounds of the Ngati Kahungunu Marae in Nuhaka clean and tidy on a Saturday. Service projects are an amazing way of helping others to see how I live my faith. I currently served as the Stake Primary President in the Auckland Harbour Stake and it is a privilege to work with the leaders in an organisation where they take care of the spiritual needs of children from ages 18 months-11 years. With the support of priesthood leaders I've planned and organised many activities in the Church for both adult, youth and primary aged members of the church. I've been a Seminary teacher for several years where I've taught youth religion classes from 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m. during school days. I love sharing my knowledge of the gospel with others. I also had the privilege of serving as a full-time missionary for the church in the Philippines Davao Mission from 1983-1985. I met so many wonderful people in the Philippines and they taught me so much about the importance of humility. I am also serving as a visiting teacher and my wonderful companion is my eldest daughter. She keeps us on track and regularly organises our visits to our sisters. The lessons we teach are found in the Church Magazine called the Ensign and we learn so much not just from teaching the lesson but listening to what our sisters share with us about the lesson during our visits. The Temple is a very special place for me to attend and I appreciate it even more knowing that my parents had a hand in it's construction as they were part of the Labour Missionaries who helped build it. Families are Forever!