My Identity Essay
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My identity has been shaped through my mother’s and sisters’ example in living the gospel. My mother’s knowledge of the scriptures and application of them into her life developed the basis of my identity. My eldest sister’s involvement in uplifting church music helped me to develop such wonder musical talents. My second eldest sisters faith and testimony of Jesus Christ was an essential development of my identity, making me who I am today.
My mother was such a wonderful example in the way that she could quote almost anything and everything from the scriptures. Ever since I was a little child she counseled me from the scriptures, so that soon enough they became a part of my life and helped me to develop many wonderful characteristics. Her knowledge proved to be extremely valuable in trying times of my life. A recent experience happened at the beginning of this year.
I had just turned eighteen and received a calling as a young single adult representative. I planned so many activities and proposed them to the 9 young single adults with so much enthusiasm, but they just sat there and looked at me. Nobody wanted to cooperate and so that afternoon I closed myself off in the room. I felt so discouraged and so depressed that I felt like I had failed my Heavenly Father. That’s when mum walked in with her scriptures and additional scripture from the ensign. From these books that she had studied she counseled away. I learned so much about myself. My weakness and my strengths had been unfolded unto me and new characteristics had been planted. Now they are my strongest qualities and all because of they way mum taught me the scriptures.
My eldest sister Eugina was the most talented musician I had ever known. She played the piano so beautifully, enhancing its beauty with her soft sweet harmonious voice and to add to that she played the guitar extremely well. I developed my musical talents as soon as I could reach the piano. When I began to play the guitar, Gina taught me 3 chords. At first it was hard to do quick changes in between chords but I wanted to be just like her if not better. I discovered how to play almost 10 nursery rhymes with just these three chords. The excitement and enthusiasm I had for this vibrant boundless instrument created a passion of music in me. Singing came naturally because Gina turned us four sisters into a quartet. Eugina was the lead singer, of course, Leilani was always the background singer, Esther’s sweet high pitched voice inevitably made her the soprano and I was the alto. We always seemed to sing in church meetings and as I grew older I developed an ability to serve through music. Through service I became a better musician. I learnt many skills such as performing and reading music but ultimately I became accomplished in uplifting music and was able to help others and inspire others for good.
The most important things that molded me into the character that I am now are the faith and testimony of my sister Leilani. In my child hood and youth, my family was in trying times. My mother and father had divorced and so everyone lived with mum. She worked really hard to provide for all 8 of us, and so Lani and Gina looked after us little ones. Leilani invested a lot of time into me through school, sports, homework, and entertainment. I can never forget her dedication to the gospel as she devoted so much time into her calling as a young womens leader. She read the scriptures everyday and she bore her testimony all the time. One really special experience that had such an impact on me was the sorrowful event of the death of her daughter, the eldest grandchild. Leilani’s faith never wavered, instead she became more converted to the gospel. She was so humble and loving that all she did was bear testimony of the greatness of God. She showed patience and endurance by the way she showed gratitude to Heavenly Father for the wonderful opportunity and privilege she had in bringing up her beautiful little girl. She pointed out to our family that we were privileged to have her for as long as we did because of her disease-Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. All the time that she had invested into me led a desire within to follow her example. I developed these characteristics, that she possessed, for myself.
I am now the person I am today because of these beautiful faithful women who all invested quality time in me. I thank them for their love and devotion.