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Hi I'm David

I'm a young father and student, I study the psychology of business negotiations, I speak Chinese to my kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a PhD student studying the psychology of business negotiations. I love talking about how science and religion complement each other. I have four kids ages 5 and under, and my favorite thing to do on evenings and weekends is forget school and play with them. I also love all things Chinese. I speak only Chinese to my kids, and my wife speaks English. My wife and I are best friends, and we love talking about current events and volunteering in the community. On election night, you can find us popping popcorn and staying up all night to watch election results come in.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the Church as a teenager. I will always be thankful that she did, and that she taught us about her faith. But the reason I have decided for myself to be a Mormon is because throughout my whole life as I have chosen to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and His prophets, I have been so blessed and so happy. As a scientist, I've found that religion can give me great peace and that there are some answers provided by religion that science can never give me. It simply uses different tools and has different constraints. One of my favorite parts about being a Mormon is that anyone can do the "experiment" (live the teachings of the Church) and they'll know for themselves if the teachings of God are true. The gospel and Church mean everything to me. I am so glad to know that they are true and that I can rely on the leaders of the Church to help me lead my family through difficult times in the world.

How I live my faith

Our house is crazy! With my PhD program, 4 little ones, lots of community volunteering, and part-time jobs, things can seem pretty busy. I live my faith by trying to put God first. That means that we always have family prayer, morning and night, and that we attend church together and fulfill our other church obligations. My church assignment right now is to serve as a secretary to one of our local leaders. So Sunday is a really busy day for me. But I've found that when I make those things my first priority, all of my other activities and responsibilities fall into place.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

One of the most amazing things about God is that He will talk to us and give us personal help in our lives. As a member of the scientific community, I meet many people who wish there were a God but cannot bring themselves to believe that He exists. I like to tell them that knowing whether God is real is like a simple experiment. Anyone can pray to God and ask for help in life, and if we are sincere, He will answer. Just like in science we do not draw conclusions after one case study, we must also not give up on prayer after only one attempt. If we will be patient and pray to God consistently, over time we will begin to see His hand working in our lives--in the people we meet, in the situations we are brought to, and in the "chance" miracles that help us on our way. I have been praying now for many years, and I have seen so many instances of God's hand in my life that I must acknowledge that He exists--just like several replications of an experiment cause scientists to accept a certain finding as true. I am so grateful that there is a higher power I can turn to when I need help. Show more Show less