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Hi I'm 吉岡萌恵 (Moe)

I grew up in Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan. I like to play sports, travel, cook, and take photographs. I am a nurse who has a lot of hobbies. I enjoy being able to experience a wide variety of things on a daily basis. My family and my friends are the source of my smiling face. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Because my parents were members of the church, I have attended church every Sunday from the time I was a small child. I lived my life while learning the teachings of God. I loved to hear the accounts about God that my parents told me. As a result, I believed in God and I had obeyed his teachings as a matter of course. As I grew older and reached my teenage years, I slowly came to have doubts about the teachings and the ideas that I had considered to be the natural order of things up to that point. I prayed innumerable times for an answer about whether this church was true and if its teachings were true. I didn’t receive a clear answer--I only felt this somewhat warm feeling in my heart and I didn’t really understand what this meant. During my senior year in high school I was thinking about my future course and I was studying hard every day in order to pass the entrance exams for the university I wanted to go to, and at that time the teachings of God were a major support for me. Studying for the university entrance exams at that time was a trial for me, but during that time I saw many miracles. I truly received many blessings. But even though I say that, it doesn’t mean that everything turned out just like I had wanted it to.

Why I am a Mormon

Because my parents were members of the church, I have attended church every Sunday from the time I was a small child. I lived my life while learning the teachings of God. I loved to hear the accounts about God that my parents told me. As a result, I believed in God and I had obeyed his teachings as a matter of course. As I grew older and reached my teenage years, I slowly came to have doubts about the teachings and the ideas that I had considered to be the natural order of things up to that point. I prayed innumerable times for an answer about whether this church was true and if its teachings were true. I didn’t receive a clear answer--I only felt this somewhat warm feeling in my heart and I didn’t really understand what this meant. During my senior year in high school I was thinking about my future course and I was studying hard every day in order to pass the entrance exams for the university I wanted to go to, and at that time the teachings of God were a major support for me. Every day I talked to God about my thoughts, my feelings, and my concerns. During breaks in my studies I read the scriptures. Doing this helped me to receive the answers I wanted and in knowing how to resolve problems, and it also became a comfort to my soul. Even in the midst of troubling situations I was able to feel thankful. Studying for the university entrance exams at that time was a trial for me, but during that time I saw many miracles. I truly received many blessings. But this doesn’t mean that everything turned out just like I had wanted it to. However, I now understand that God has prepared even greater blessings for me than the ones I had desired for myself. I feel that the things I had thought of as miracles were not miracles, rather they were necessary events that God had prepared for my benefit. God loves everyone, and I believe that he has prepared an even better path of happiness for each and every one of us.

How I live my faith

In the church I serve as a representative for a group of single adults (referred to hereafter as ‘SA’) who are 18 or older. I desire to do my utmost in this responsibility to enable the SA members in my ward to get along together as friends, to enable them to have fun times together, and to enable them to experience even further growth. The SA members who go to my church often engage in activities where they do volunteer work. The experience of having done volunteer work in the Tohoku region that was devastated by the earthquake taught me just how much joy comes from serving others, and just how much it cheers a person up--almost to an extent that is almost unbelievable.