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Hi I'm Liana

I grew up in Aiea, Hawai'i. I'm a wife, mother, and physician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Hawaii, lived for a time in the Philippines and Mexico during my childhood, did my undergraduate work in San Diego, Medical School in Hawaii, and Residency in Utah and am currently a Family Medicine Physician in Provo, Utah. I met my husband (also from Hawaii) in San Diego and we were married for time and all eternity in the San Diego Temple. We have 3 wonderful children, ages 7,4 and almost 2, and one on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I asked God which was His Church, and which one would really help me to become closer to Him; and this is the answer I got. I was initially baptized Catholic because my dad was Catholic, and when I was a teenager, I wanted to search the world religions to find out if there was one that could offer the most truth and provide the most help to return to live with Him. I fundamentally knew in my heart that there was a God. Through my searching and visiting other faiths I also felt in my heart that Jesus Christ was a mediator to help us return back to God, and that finding a faith that believed and focused on Jesus Christ would be key in obtaining that goal. I wanted to find a faith that was practiced daily rather than just one day a week, and one that would push me to always do a little better and not accept mediocrity. I came to know that the Bible was the word of God, and there are specific instructions on how to live and return to God within its pages, and knew that I should try my best to know and live what it taught. I was also introduced to the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ; and as I read it, I also knew that this book was true and would additionally bring me closer to Jesus Christ and God. I learned about prophets in old times and new that are the mouthpiece of God to the world. I learned about the restoration of the exact Church Christ established while He was on the earth. I prayed about all of this and felt the most undescribable light and peace, knowing that all of this could be found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and that by becoming a member of it and living what I learn at church and in the scriptures, I could experience the most joy on this earth and after I die. There will always be ups and downs in life and there is usually a reason for each experience. I am not perfect and only Christ is, but I can try my best to do my best each day. The more I learn, the more I can grow.

How I live my faith

Every day of my life, I do my best to live my faith. I try to practice kindness and compassion with my patients and family members; they trust me enough to share their struggles with me and I want to help them as best as I can. I try to always offer a listening ear. I try to serve to the best of my capacity when I see there is a need. I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ daily in my actions, words and thoughts. I attend Church weekly to be taught and edified. I read my scriptures and pray daily for the strength and direction I need each day. We have weekly "Family Home Evenings", a weekly family night where we have fun and share a spiritual message, which helps to strengthen our family. One way that I serve is through "callings" I have at church. Each adult member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a privilege & responsibility to visit a couple members in our local church group or "ward" on a monthly basis. During these visits, I check on the physical and spiritual needs of those I visit, teach a spiritual message, and offer service. I also keep them in my prayers throughout the month. This is one of the ways the Lord uses His Church to "watch over his sheep". Other than these monthly visits, sometimes we get another specific calling to serve in the Church organization. Currently, I coordinate monthly activities that are for the adult women in our church group, and I have a committee that helps me. We try to plan activities that are fun but also have a purpose, like encouraging unity, sisterhood, love and friendships, and those that are spiritually edifying. All of this makes for a busy life, but it brings me a lot of joy.