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Hi I'm Katie Oka

I grew up in Utah. I studied at BYU Hawaii. I am now preparing to serve a mission in Sapporo, Japan. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the LDS church, and I knew for myself that it was the true and living church at the age of 14. It is a large part of my life and the source of my happiness. My hobbies include, anything to do with being outside and getting active, I love Lacrosse I've played it for 10 years, I love to read, and to hangout with my family. I studied my first year of college at BYU Hawaii. It was such an amazing experience, I met so many people with different cultures and testimonies. It opened my eyes to so many different perspectives and it helped me develop more as a person. While in Hawaii I received my mission call to the Japan, Sapporo mission I was so over joyed and still am. It was so special to my family and I. Growing up in America being half Japanese I had never really known much of my Japanese heritage and have always felt like I looked Japanese on the outside, but on the inside I was completely American. So I am excited to get this opportunity to learn more about my heritage. Also my dad served in the Japan, Okayama mission, he was exactly like me, but even more so. He grew up in California and is full Japanese and he also knew little to nothing about his Japanese heritage. So I am excited to have this special connect with him and I can't wait to come home and be able to speak Japanese with him. In all, I am so thankful for the gospel, it has shown me the light in my darkest moments and has given me the ability to access the healing power of Christ's atonement.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I Mormon? Throughout my life I have always strived to be righteous. I know this sounds weird, but being in born in the church and seeing the example of how my parents lived, I knew that being righteous would make my life easier. Until I entered Middle School a place where kids are mean and will make fun of you if you're "to mormon" I began to feel stupid for how much I was committed to the church and my main goal of being righteous. I began to doubt the church at the age of 14. Before I had read and prayed everyday, but now I thought, what's the point it never really helps me, I never get an answer. All I get is some kids picking on me. So I stopped reading the scriptures and praying and I didn't want my parents to give me extra attention so I went to church, but only went through the motions. I began to feel alone and worthless, very worthless. Until my dad gave a talk in church about faith and the answering of prayers. I began to realize that I only wanted God, but only on my terms. And that is NOT how God works he doesn't always send a lightning bolt answer to us, well at least not for me. So I began praying again. However I still felt that nothing good had every come from trying to be righteous, until Stake Conference came around. Our stake president stood up not knowing that he would change my life forever. He talked about his son, who was my age, saying, "Dad I wish that I would have grown up not LDS and done all the fun things that people who aren't LDS can do and then later join the church." He than stressed to his son that he was looking at being LDS all wrong. He told him, often when people make mistakes they are followed by consequences and hard feeling, and those without the access of the holy ghost or atonement have a harder time dealing with it. Hearing this I realized all the times that being righteous allowed me this spirit and throughout my life comforted me when I was down. I am a Mormon because I know God and Jesus Christ are there for me.

How I live my faith

Right now I don't currently have a calling. I recently switched from my singles ward at school to my home ward where I have grown up in. However even without a calling you can still help those in your ward. Having only been away from my ward for seven months I have noticed a large change in the families who attend my ward. We've had many new families move in. And only being back for 3 weeks I have seen my mom and dad do countless things for people in the ward who maybe need a pick me up or just a friend. Therefore even though you may have a calling or not there is no limit to service. Even if it's just simple things like participating in someones lesson or going out of your way to talk to someone or telling someone what they mean to you. It also doesn't matter who your serving you can serve everyone, the people who I serve the most are the people right next to me, my family. Just by doing small things you can strengthen other people and it's funny because while you're serving others and putting them first you'll notice that the real person you are helping is yourself.