My name is Dreana AiuFrom: Punalu’u, Hawaii Occupation: First job is Helpmeet to Adrian and then taking care of his boys, after that I go to the hospital to work as a Nurse. Favorite Food: Homemade Banana Cream Pie from scratch Hobbies: Surfing, hiking, gardening, food storage, eating healthy Favorite Scripture: When I need a scripture at a particular point of my life, it becomes my favorite scripture for that time. But, I do love, “With God all things are possible” Favorite Hymn: I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go
I want to be a simple person. I love simple. I don’t like things complicated. I don’t like a lot of things in my house; I like just having the basics, the necessities. Even in activities, I find enjoyment in just simple things. I don’t need chocolate & roses for Valentine’s; I don’t have an expectation for things like that. If Adrian were to just draw a picture for me with pure intentions, I would be tickled about that. I love it when people invest more time, rather than buying me a gift–not that I wouldn’t value the other gift, but I really love a simple, thoughtful gift.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
I think my greatest accomplishment that I feel like helped me in my life, is the accomplishment of just being able to arrive…it’s a mind thing for me…that I don’t have to please everyone. I know so many people that get stuck in a race and in doing all these things.
The world is so influential, you have to be up to date on the latest movies and I’ve arrived at that point that I don’t need to anymore. I have other things to worry about and don’t have to worry about that.
Some people thought I was kind of weird when I didn’t know that Michael Jackson passed away. I thought well, a lady down my street passed away and she was more important to me. I feel having that mindset is a great accomplishment because my life is so much easier. I feel so free. It’s a mental thing.
For me, when we are living righteously it’s like we’re putting on glasses and Heavenly Father can help us see more clearly out there. Those glasses help us to focus in on what is important – family, temple, missionary work – I’m not seeing the celebrity gowns on the red carpet. I don’t see it & it doesn’t bother me that I don’t see it.
I like to see clearly, because when I do, it simplifies life and applying principles of the gospel. It’s ok if we have a hard time, we just take it in stride & say ok, it’s my turn to have a hard time. There’s no falling on the floor and tantrum drama, we know we’re going to be ok. And we’re still happy. That’s really what makes us attractive.
What brings you the greatest happiness?
I know Heavenly Father has an expectation of me and so my greatest satisfactions come when I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. My greatest happiness come when I’m quiet and know that I’ve done what I need to do.
What strengthens your faith in Jesus Christ?
I feel that my testimony comes from knowledge from scripture study and experiences through prayer and just trying to live the gospel. Even though we’ve had an experience before, we need that reconfirmation again and again. He will give us those experiences to have a reconfirmation again. I knew the church was true 10 years ago, but I feel like I know it’s true at a different level now.
How has one of your spiritual gifts/talents benefited your life?
I think one of my gifts is that I can be patient. I feel like I am a calm person, I don’t really get excited over things. That attribute’s definitely helped me throughout my life.
I didn’t get married until just recently. I had waited a long time. I think there are some women who just get married because they just want to be married. I could have gotten married sooner, but if I was going to get married, I wanted it to be right.
Even now, my husband and I definitely have our challenges with an ex-wife not being so accommodating at times. I’ve learned to take a step back and look at it and decide what’s “my problem” and what’s not “my problem” and just go from there.
So, in that sense, I don’t just react and I can be more patient through some self-assessment and self-reflection. The boys are not my biological children, but they’re Heavenly Father’s children and Adrian’s children, and I can take care of them. I want to be the kind of mother that my boys will say “That’s the kind of wife I want and mom I want my kids to have.”
I can be a good role model so each of them can know how to choose a good spouse, take her to the temple and then endure to the end together every day after that, having a reconfirmation of why they married each other.
How do you know when you’ve received answers to prayers?
Some people get those quick answers where they just know. My answers are usually more like after the fact. When I’m doing something, I feel good about it. I have feelings of just knowing something is right or a prayer has been answered. Most often I realize the answer in hindsight; the confirmation comes after the fact. I go forward in faith and try to do good things and in the end hope it works out. You can’t go wrong in trying to live the Gospel!
For me, I really just take a step in a dark for a lot of things in making decisions, but I always do my homework. On some decisions, I do ask for confirmations. But on most things I’m preparing to do, even like preparing a lesson for Church–I prepare a lesson, but then feel prompted to take it a different direction during the class.
Sometimes someone says, “Thanks for teaching that lesson, I needed that,” and that’s a confirmation for me. I’m like, “Oh, ok, that’s how it was supposed to work out.” Sometimes you won’t get a full confirmation until after this life.
Dreana’s Conversion Story
I was born and raised in the Gospel. Of course at some point I had to get my own testimony. I feel like I’ve always just kind of known it’s true. I think because my parents were always encouraging us to live the Gospel when we were younger, I don’t know if there’s one specific thing that helped me know. I was first feeding off their testimony, and then my conversion came slowly.
If I lost something, my parents would say, “Go pray for it,” then I found it. Then maybe another little experience where I would get sick, and my parents would suggest “Pray to ask Heavenly Father to help you get better,” and I did.
I don’t even feel like I had a miraculous experience, but at the same time I think all of my little experiences are exactly what I needed. I still feel like I have little experiences like that and I appreciate them, because sometimes I just need that little one thing to boost me during my week. I think it’s important to see those small miracles and then see that those are eternal.
What are ways you share & live the Gospel with your family or others around you?
As a family, I definitely push for Family Home Evening and family prayer. I like to read articles in the Ensign and then pick out articles for each child to read. I choose articles that relate to things they need to work on. I have them read it, and then they’ll come and share with us what they learned about the topic.
Other people know that I’m a member of the Church. I always like to let them know. When I talk about myself, that’s just who I am—a church member. I tell them that on Thursdays, I have Young Women’s, the youth program for my church. Sunday is my church day, so I can’t go do things with them then. I told them I got married in the temple and why it was important to me. Living my faith makes it simple to share.
What is your hope/wish/prayer for all women throughout the world?
My hope is that women, this is for myself as well, can come to know and realize that we are daughters of God. I am a daughter of My Heavenly Father who loves me and I love Him too. If we actually grasp that, then that affects what we do, what we think, everything, because it’s such an empowering statement.
Guard your virtue. You are a princess. You are daughter of a King, with power running through your veins, because you can become like Him. I didn’t always know that growing up, but when you do know it, it reflects in your actions through everything you do. You have to know that every day when you wake up. Women are totally powerful and when we know that…we know we have power!!
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.