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Hi I'm Tauailoto

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married with two sons--a two year old and another new little one. I dig sports. Just about anything volleyball, football, baseball, basketball, golf, bowling--anything competitive. Grew up in Newport News, VA. I was introduced to the LDS Church when I was in middle school and it changed my life, along with most of my family's lives. Played football and baseball in high school. After high school I left to serve a mission for 2 years in El Salavador...love that place. Wonderful people and a life-changing experience. Came back and went to college for my undergrad and graduate degree. Now I'm working and trying to do the best I can in all aspects of life.

Why I am a Mormon

We attended a non-denominational church on a military base for a while. Later a Methodist church after moving off base. After moving again we kind of stopped going to church until I was in middle school. I came in contact with the LDS Church when I was in middle school. I had some friends who I hung out with and they invited me to play basketball and attend church. There was a different feeling from my home and the one I felt at church and around my friends. My sister starting attending church with me. We soon approached my dad to tell him of our desire to be members of the LDS Church. My father was an intimidating guy when I was young, and we weren't sure how he was going to take it. To our surprise he told us that if we were going to join we would do it as a family. We all began to take the missionary lessons. Two young guys, Elder Christiansen and Elder Powell came to our home and taught us the principles of the gospel. Everyone except my oldest sister, Sonya, was there to learn. She had moved out already. We got baptized--my dad, mom, sister, and I. My life has never been the same. I have found so much happiness, joy, and light. Not to say the world is all of the sudden a walk in the park. There are still hardships and difficulties but I know that the Lord has given me the tools to overcome those tough times. I couldn't be happier then to know I can be with my family FOREVER. I'm humbled and blessed to know what I know and to have what I have. I'm just grateful.

How I live my faith

My wife is from UT and that is where we live now. Our ward just got split in to two because there is a lot of growth in the area. Since the split I've given a responsibility in the ward over missionary work. I help organize the effort of our ward to share the gospel with others and to extend the hand of fellowship and friendship to those who haven't come out to church in a while. The area we live in is pretty new with condos and town-homes so we mostly have a young demographic but it's a fun area. I also am assigned to families who I visit throughout the year to make sure they are doing okay. I share thoughts and spiritual messages with them and help them in any way I can.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Tauailoto
We have a lot of similarities to everyone else. We work, play, and do many other activities. But we strive to keep the Savior and His teachings close to our hearts to remind us how we should work or play. I go to work for 8 hours and come home to a beautiful wife and son. We struggle to get our son to eat dinner, play, talk, and watch TV. Sometimes go on walks or do other activities with friends and then get our son to bed as early as possible. Do I get to do everything that I want to do everyday...no. But I do get to do the most important things done, or at least I try to. If not I try harder the next day. Sometimes I watch too much TV or get caught up with Facebook or something else that is not that important. My wife lets me know. But everyday is a challenge to see if I can be a little better than I was yesterday. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Tauailoto
Joseph Smith was looking to find the religion that God wanted him to join. After feeling confused and lost in his search Joseph read a passage in the Bible James 1:5-6 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." Joseph went to a quiet place to ask God in prayer which religion to join. God the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph. They spoke to him, giving him direction to his inquiry. Show more Show less