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Hi I'm Kawika Dipko

I grew up in Utah, U.S. I've been called to serve in the Honduras, San Pedro Sula West Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Kawika, and I'm from Saratoga Springs, Utah. I love all sports and played football, baseball, and tennis for Westlake High School. I enjoy meeting other people and spending time with my family and friends. I'm attending Brigham Young University for a semester before I leave to Honduras on my mission. I'm the second oldest of four kids with two amazing parents. I have an older brother serving his mission in Hermosillo, Mexico and two younger sisters. I enjoy being outside and being active. I like to listen to all types of music and love to sing as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS Church. My parents are both members and so is all of my immediate family. I grew up going to church and being taught by church leaders and my parents the beliefs and values of the LDS faith. As I grew older, getting into high school years, I really started to wonder if the things that I had been taught all my life were actually true. I wondered if Joseph Smith really saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. When I was around 15 or 16 years old I decided that I needed to find out for myself if it was true or not. My brother had been just left to serve his mission, and I wanted to know that if I believed it enough to dedicate two years of my life to the Lord. I read the Book of Mormon every day for maybe 6 months. I noticed a change when that happened. I felt happier, more willing to interact with others, more willing to serve my peers. I felt good. When I finished the Book of Mormon, I asked Heavenly Father if the book was true, if He had really revealed himself to Joseph Smith. I received a distinct and incredibly strong sense of peace come over me. I knew that it was right. I knew that the happiness I had been feeling was the Lord confirming to me that this is His Church. A large part pf my testimony came during this experience. It was during this time that I truly got to know what the Atonement is. I had been making some mistakes that I knew were wrong but wasn't sure how to fix it. I finally knelt down and asked my God for forgiveness. After a few days of sincere, dedicated prayer, I felt it. I felt such immense love from my Heavenly Father and His Son that I started to cry. I knew that I had been forgiven because of the feeling of freedom I felt. I didn't feel the guilt that I had been dealing with. I know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. It works. I have felt its cleansing power and I know that anyone else can feel the same. I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith through service to those around me. Christ was the ultimate example of love and service, and I strive to implement that attitude in my life. I read my scriptures every day and night. I love to read the Book of Mormon and the New Testament because they teach a lot about Jesus Christ and how I can draw closer to him. I live my faith through prayer to my Heavenly Father. He truly cares and loves His children more than we can comprehend. To feel of that unconditional love is amazing. I serve my ward in callings the Lord has asked of me. I am currently serving as a Home Evening Coordinator in the BYU Young Single Adult 111th ward. I have served in the past as a president and counselor in the teacher's and deacon's quorums. I will give the next two years of my life in dedication to my God by serving a mission in Honduras. I live my faith by trying to think, act, and speak as I think Christ would if he were on the earth today. I try to be an instrument in His hands to spreading His love to other people. I live my faith by singing hymns and praises to my Heavenly Father. I live my faith through an understanding that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me. I live it through the knowledge that my family will be together throughout eternity. I live it through an understanding that Jesus Christ took upon my sins, my pains, my fears, and that through Him, I can find peace from any sort of pain. I live my faith through a surety that God wants me to return to live with Him, that He wants me to be happy, that He blesses me constantly throughout my day. I know that if I obey the commandments and guidelines He has set for His children, I can return to His presence and have eternal life.