Hi I'm Sotith
I grew up in Lowell and the church all my life. I live with my mom, aunts, and cousins. I love manga and anime, and I like to play video games. My favorite sport is volleyball. I love to listen to mostly K-pop music, as well as Chinese and Japanese pop. I love watching the music videos and trying to follow the dance routine. I find transitioning into an adult difficult, but thanks to the support of my family, friends, and ward members, I can keep pressing onward.
Why I am a Mormon
My mother and aunt came here from Cambodia and joined a year after I was born. Raised by a single mother, I also had many youth leaders to learn from and look up to, as well as friends. Their testimonies, support, and fellowship inspire me to become a better person, and give back to others. Many of my coworkers notice something about me; they love working with me even though I'm so shy and quiet. The church members have become my extended family, and the idea of returning to Heaven together is such a blessing.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
I'm a firm believer of family activities. One of the things we are encouraged to have is Family Home Evening. It is the one night of the week where we gather and focus on Jesus and the Gospel as a family. It doesn't necessarily have to be long, but it encourages us to teach each other, have an activity together, and reveal our individualities to our family. Which temple do you love and why, for example. Communicate. As prophets and leaders have said, you need to tell family members you love them constantly, especially children. In some cultures, parents don't communicate to kids and kids become distant to their parents more and more as they get older. Talk. Play. Voice your concerns and explain why. Apologize. Children get upset easily, and no matter how old you are, you still need to apologize when you're in the wrong. Invite family friends over for dinner. Nothing brings a family closer than having their friends over, AND food. I love going over to my best friend's home and having homemade Mexican food. They love coming over for homemade Cambodian food.
How I live my faith
I have had the pleasure of helping out the youth in Boy Scouts for a number of years, as well as being a Sunday school teacher for a brief period of time. They were sad I had to stop being their teacher, and rejoiced when I managed to accompany them on Scout Camp for a few days. I volunteer to go with the full-time missionaries to accompany and assist in their lessons when I'm able to. I also do "hometeaching," where I visit my assigned families to share a spiritual messages and see how they are doing. Visiting them each month renews my faith as well as becoming closer to their families, and loving them more. Part of being Mormon is being a missionary. Growing up, I was always afraid and shy of revealing who I am; it was my nature. Now, I have an easier time inviting my friends and coworkers to church events, like Christmas parties, barbeques, and whatever. This gives them a chance to see who I am, what the church is about, and what great foods they have been missing out on.