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Hi I'm Anessa Atuaia

I love family, friends, sports, food, and music. I want to study Child Advocacy in hopes of travelling the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I currently live in Provo, Utah. But as a child I grew up in Laie, Hawai'i. I'm half Samoan and half Tongan with a little bit of Fijian and German mixed somewhere in there. I have a great appreciation for my culture. I love travelling and dancing with my cousins as a part of my grandmas Polynesian dance company. I am the oldest of three sisters and three brothers. My parents come from huge families, so I love hanging out with my cousins, aunts, uncles and spending any time I can with them.They mean everything to me. I attend Brigham Young University where I plan on studying Child Advocacy. My dream job is to travel the world to help those in need. I truly love the Gospel because it has brought so much peace, love, hope, and joy into my life. I'm grateful for this life I've been given. Other than that I'm always down to have fun. I grew up in Hawaii so I LOVE the beach. I'm the daughter of a football coach so my love for sports come naturally.I love hiking, summer, food, music, and making new friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I have amazing parents who love me and have taught me right from wrong and from a young age they instilled in me the importance of having a relationship with our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. But ultimately, how you choose to live your life depends on yourself. From my young teenage years I found myself making choices that contradicted the teachings of my parents and were leading me further off the path back to Heavenly Father. I remember freshman year in high school, I began to hang around people who weren’t helping me grow as a person physically and spiritually in anyway, but for a short time in my life I honestly thought I was happy. But worldly happiness only lasts for a short period of time. Before I knew it, I had no real friends, I was angry, I was depressed, lonely, and I felt alone. I remember sitting in church with my family physically, but spiritually I didn’t know where I was. I remember being at home, surrounded by the people I love yet I felt like the loneliest person on Earth. I clearly remember the night where I hit the lowest of my lows. I became depressed, I was angry at Heavenly Father because I felt he abandoned me when I needed him most, and I felt that no one understood the regret and sadness I was feeling. I remember reflecting back on my life and although I was feeling all these emotions in my heart I knew I needed to talk to my Heavenly Father. It had been years but I remember kneeling and pouring out my heart to Heavenly Father. The peace and love that I felt from a simple prayer is what has changed my life. I have a testimony that through the Atonement of our Savior, we can feel our Heavenly Father's love for us always. Although I'm not good enough, I know that Heavenly Father still loves me. I'm so grateful for this gospel and for the trials that I've been given. Through our Savior I know that all things are possible and with him and our Heavenly Father he will bless us throughout our lives.

How I live my faith

I try my hardest to live my faith by following Christ's example everyday. Currently I am in a young single adult ward at BYU and have been called by my Bishop to be on our Ward Prayer Committee. Every Sunday night at 9, our ward, which is mixed of young men and young women ages 18-21, meet every Sunday night to start the new week off with a prayer. And being in this committee has honestly been a blessing in my life. At first, it was hard for me to serve on this committee because I felt it wasn't important. But when I accepted this calling I made a promise to Heavenly Father that I would be humble and obedient, and I've learned that I needed this calling more than those whom I'm serving. I have been blessed every Sunday by meeting new friends and feeling the Spirit in my heart. I know that if we put Heavenly Father first, everything else will fall into place.