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Hi I'm Kyleen

I am an American-born Chinese. I am a wife and mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born in the US to parents from Taiwan, I was raised to be proud of my Chinese heritage. I attended college close to home, at Brigham Young University in Utah. There I met my husband, a true Californian from a coastal town. I graduated in English Teaching; I worked as a online teaching assistant and Mandarin Chinese instructor during our newlywed years where my husband attended optometry school in Southern California. Like many Californians, we have recently moved to Texas and currently live in the DFW metroplex. We have a one-year old son, the first Texan of our families. I enjoy reading American literature/history, children's literature and America's Test Kitchen cookbooks. I love spending time with my family by traveling or playing board games and card games.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a simple testimony of the truths we believe in. I grew up in a Mormon family and community that was predominantly Mormon. In my teenage years, I asked many questions about my religion and wondered about some peers who didn't live the gospel as they knew they should. I had a youth leader in the church who spoke one Sunday about his conversion story and after listening to him, I had a strong desire to know if the church was true for myself. I read the Book of Mormon, then prayed after finishing Moroni chapter 10. I received a peaceful feeling in answer to my prayers, a reassuring and peaceful feeling in my heart. I also set goals to more faithfully follow the Savior's restored gospel and discovered that I became happier and more at peace with myself as I followed His teachings. You really need to know for yourself if the gospel is true. I continue to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ because I know that it has changed my life for the better. From my own experience, I know the gospel works miracles in the lives of those who truly live it.

How I live my faith

I am currently an assistant den leader in Cub Scouts. I love working with the children of our ward because they are learning the basic principles that will bless their lives. From them, I have learned the gospel is truly simple.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

The missionaries are wonderful. They will share basic beliefs of the church and how the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth. They will also ask you to pray, come to church and read some passages of scripture as an invitation. Of course, you are the one who decides whether or not to act upon their invitation. Each visit with them and each invitation is a step in learning about the gospel. Remember, faith without works is dead and that the Lord promises to bless us when we obey His gospel. If you and your family genuinely want to know if what the missionaries are saying is true, then you have to take the steps. It takes time and effort on your part, but the Lord will help you to see the ways you are blessed by listening to the missionaries and acting on their invitations. While in college, I used to teach the missionaries at the church's training center. During that time I trained over a hundred missionaries. They are all unique each has his/her own story. None are perfect. But their message is.     Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Young men in the church ages 18-26 are strongly encouraged to go on a full-time mission. This is because missionary work is a responsibility of the worthy men who hold authority to act in God's name, or the priesthood. Missionary service is life-changing, but the missionary needs to already have a firm assurance that the church is truly Christ's church, in order to be the most effective. Going on a mission is about help others find faith in Christ and live His restored teachings. To do this, a missionary must first have discovered the truths for himself and lived according to gospel teachings. Young women may serve a mission if they would like to, at age 19 and older. Women do not have the same responsibility as the men to preach the gospel as full-time missionaries, but they are always member missionaries in their own circle of influence and can choose to serve full-time as sister missionaries. Retired senior couples can also serve as missionaries, but usually do so in a part-time setting or as service missionaries. They teach English, they work with the Church's humanitarian efforts, and provide service in many other capacities. I served a mission in the East Bay area in California as a full-time sister missionary. I am grateful to have such an experience because I saw lives changed through the gospel and I came to understand the Savior better through being in His service, devoting my time entirely to His work. My missionary experiences continue to bless my life today. Show more Show less