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Hi I'm Dallin Cheung

I grew up in China. I study animation at BYU. I want my art to bring joy to people's lives. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

There's not really that much to know about me. I come from a rather large family - I have 8 siblings. My mother is Caucasian, my father is Chinese. I spent sixteen years in China. I was always a foreigner to them, but I consider myself a part of them and their culture. I served a mission in Northern Virginia. I loved it! I worked in cities like Fairfax, McLean, Falls Church, Arlington, Centreville, and many others. Nothing like seeing the Pentagon on a way to work! I met people from at least a hundred different nations. I learned for myself - first hand - that despite the differences of culture and religion that God has an equal love and a purpose for all of us. My mission taught me how to love people, wherein I have found the greatest and most fulfilling sense of joy. I know this would not have been possible without the restored gospel. I love to laugh and like it even more when others laugh with me. I study animation at BYU. The work is hard. There are many sleepless nights, and I worry sometimes how this passion of mine will pay the bills that come down the road. Yet, I believe that God wants us to live our lives to the fullest, and he is eager to support us as we pursue our worthwhile passions. I think one of the reasons why he is so supportive is that as we pursue what we love, we find God embedded within its goodness. I have faith good things come when we follow the honest intentions of a good heart.

Why I am a Mormon

I have found that to be truly be 'Mormon', or rather a Latter-Day Saint, you must aim to be what the latter title implies: a Saint in the latter days. For me, to be a saint means that you see every person as a brother or sister; you do all that you can to live with them again someday; you want everyone to be happy; and, you know that the key to unlock true and never-ending happiness is through Jesus Christ and His gospel. Through obedience to Christ's restored gospel, we can all become Saints in the Latter-Days. I want nothing more than to be counted worthy of being a saint. I think their is a common misconception amongst all sorts of people that the gospel is some sort of way to shelter us from the harsh realities of this life, or an excuse that allows us to buy into political agendas. The gospel is nothing like this; the gospel exists to give people the power to change and grow into something better. Change is hard. But I know I want to be better person than I am today, so I do my best to suck it up and just work at it. Suffice to say, It's not easy being a Latter-Day Saint. We deal with harsh criticism, freely offered by people I feel that do not seek to understand our way of life. Sometimes, we are called by God to do very hard things. But in the midst of these difficulties, at least in my life, I have found the greatest treasures of the gospel. Treasures like, feeling God's love for his children, an understand that God wants me to overcome the challenges that I face, an increased awareness of my Heavenly Father's love for me - these treasures have been the source of great joy. Really, in the end, I feel like the road of the Latter-Day Saint is true happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith day to day. I will be the first to admit that I am not the best at living the gospel, but I can also say that I use it a lot - because I need it a lot. I use the gospel as a measuring stick of what I think of myself. I love myself very much - and I don't mean that narcissistically. But I know I need to be better than I am. I want to be kind and loving to all those that I come across. I want to be someone that all people can call friend. The gospel not only has the teachings, but the power to help me become all I can be. I read the scriptures daily (or at least do my best to) to tap into this power of love. I do my best to keep my temper and thoughts in check so I can lift others up, not push them down. As I succeed in these things, I am given a great deal of satisfaction, especially when I feel my Heavenly Father's approval. I try to live the gospel by pursuing the things I love. Trying to become a world class animator in the entertainment industry is not the easiest thing to do - may I argue that it may in fact be one of the hardest things to do? At least for me, it is. But animation, and the art that surrounds it, is not only beautiful, but it has the power to touch people's hearts. Don't we all have some cartoon character we love, or at least can relate to, because to us, to some degree, he/she/it feels alive? Don't we take something away from the mere interaction of watching these characters live their lives out on screen? I know I do. And I've learned so much as a consequence. I feel I try to live the gospel by using what I love as a means of letting audiences look into a fictional world where principles of being a good person, and the natural consequences of choosing to be a selfish or bad person, can be seen clearly.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Dallin Cheung
Mormon Missionaries are primarily funded in two ways. First, the individual going on a mission and his/her family donate about $400 mothly to the church. If the family is unable, extended family, friends, and church members make up the rest. All of this money is dispensed as needed in missions throughout the world. Needs include, among other things, living arrangements, food, and transportation. However, the $400 that comes monthly from families cannot fully support mission efforts around the world. Hence, the second source of funding this Church's mission effort is from tithing. All members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are expected to pay a tithe. The tithe is one tenth of our income. Tithing is not only used for the church's proselyting efforts, but it does cover most of the expenses. Mormon Missionaries do not recieve a salary. They recieve a modest stipant according to their needs. The missionary in the outskirts of Mexico will most likely not need as much of a stipant as the missionary serving in Tokyo, Japan where the cost of living is much higher. With these funds missionaries are expected to feed and care for themselves. Missionary work requires the sacrifice of every member of the church. It has always been this way. Although I cannot speak for everyone, I have that such sacrifice binds members of the church and those not of our faith closer together. Show more Show less