Last night was so much fun!
After FHE we headed out to watch the lunar eclipse on the hillside. Although it was cold, the dark sky made stargazing with the YSA amazazzzzing.

Last night was so much fun!
After FHE we headed out to watch the lunar eclipse on the hillside. Although it was cold, the dark sky made stargazing with the YSA amazazzzzing.

just got word that Salt Lake City has my papers 😭😭😭
Good Sunday :)

Today the Young Women President announced to the young women that Neeks and I (laurel and beehive advisors) were in the waiting process with our mission calls.

My face got hot and my stomach turned a little. She had us share our thoughts on general conference and bear our testimonies about the gospel. Lucky me, I got to go first.

But of course, I was already in tears for some reason because I knew from when I got up this morning that it would be a good Sunday. I had gotten the urge to bear my testimony with my ward but told myself I would in young women and here was my opportunity.

I felt like I was rambling since the tears came but I can honestly say that I spoke from the heart and knew the message I was trying to portray.

From then on many other girls and leaders bore their testimonies and it was just so nice to connect spiritually through tears and a strong array of happiness in the air. It truly felt like a sisterhood.

I’m so grateful for testimony meetings because you never know what sharing yours can do for others.

jie-lin:

Marcos A. Aidukaitis might have the greatest accent I have ever heard.

mellowstat:

samoa stand up!

mellowstat:

samoa stand up!

trubl3vibe:

Polyfest 2014

trubl3vibe:

Polyfest 2014

true to the faith

home from watching general conference at the chapel. first thing I see when I enter is missionaries scattered around the room. it made me smile but also a little self conscious as I felt like I was the only one not a missionary haha
but sure enough by the start of the conference members began to trickle in.
from the get go I got tingles because somehow I just knew this session, heck this conference would be great (always is ;)
I really appreciated the messages geared towards young people and the emphasis on staying true to the faith as prompted by the wonderful Thomas S. Monson.
I thought Jeffrey R. Holland was perfect to open up conference. although his messages are always a favorite, I think this one by far has made it clear that it will only get better :)
I’m so grateful for general conference. I can’t wait for more!!!

I’m so sick of the “Samoan girls vs Tongan girls” trend on Twitter.
It disturbs me that it’s our very own people that compare and even demean our women by participating in these types of “discussions”.
Things like “Samoan girls are basic.. Tongan girls is where it’s at.” and “Samoan girls »> any other ethnicity.”
I understand it is important to be proud of your culture and what you represent. I am all for that!
But I also think there is a more tactful way of doing so, one that doesn’t include bashing others to upheave yours.

I got the strongest prompting to go to mission prep and institute class for the first time in so long and I was overwhelmed (in a good way) with the spirit.
we discussed faith in mission prep and alma 36 in institute - covering topics of sin, repentance, and the atonement through Alma’s counsels to his sons.
not only was the general topic on point but the spiritual testimonies and experiences of others pinpointed just how well the spirit dwelt in that room as we were discussing the scriptures in depth.
this feels amazing after lacking the spirit for a while, on that type of level. I’m so thankful for brave souls that share their experiences to help others build their own perspective on what the gospel can do for them!

lessons from mom

* don’t fall for the first guy
this was probably the first lesson she ever taught me regarding boys.
it has helped me view “love” in a different aspect, perhaps a more mature one even at an early age..
as time grew and I gained more experience, I realized just what she meant. don’t fall for the first guy to tell you they love you or that you’re beautiful.
take the time to evaluate what you want and if it’s not the first guy, there’s always a next. don’t fret, there are plenty of fish in the sea.


* clean the house before leaving to go eva (play)
this rule is drilled into me now because a sense of guilt and a faint voice in my head (my mothers) lingers when I don’t.
she would always tease that you can’t fia aulelei (wanna be pretty) and have a messy house. in other words the inside is just as if not more important than the outside.


* if you’re going to give, give with your heart.
be sincere with what you offer/give away. if you’re going to grudgingly give something you’re better off not having given it at all.


* a genuine love for the gospel

one vivid memory I have of my mother was how she would be up at 5 in the morning on Sunday intently studying her lesson. she would occasionally blast Samoan choir music to wake up my siblings and I (oh how I hated it lol) for church.
her love for the gospel was infectious and has planted within me a testimony of my own.