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Hi I'm Joy

A Mormon in Taiwan

About Me

I'm a 28 year old mother of two. I came to Taiwan to teach English four years ago, accidentally fell in love with a Taiwanese man (who is also a member) and decided to stick around. Learning the language, culture, and how to cook a head-still-attached chicken has been an adventure to say the least.

Why I am a Mormon

Perhaps a better question for me is why am I still a Mormon? I was baptised when I was eight years old and felt very early and distinctly the difference this made in my life. As the years went on, however, and especially as a teenager, I questioned some of the basics. Was Heavenly Father real? When I prayed, was He listening or was I just talking into my pillow? Was I really His loved daughter? I'd always been taught that any question could be answered through prayer. So I took my questions to Him. "Are you really there?" He was and is. I just know it. I could feel it then and I feel it now. He IS there. He IS listening. I AM His loved daughter.

How I live my faith

My husband and I are both leaders of the youth in our area. I take care of the girls who are 12 to 18 years old and he takes care of the boys of the same age. The church has asked us as leaders to do our best to help these young people find their own testimony of Jesus Christ and His teachings and love. We do this through Sunday classes where we talk about how to use Christ's teachings in their lives and through weekly activities where we apply what is being taught. This is a challenge. The education system in Taiwan is rigorous to say the least. Many of the girls I work with are in school from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday through Friday. These same students also go to cram school (many times this is required by their regular school) on Saturday and sometimes on Sunday. Summer and Winter vacation as defined by American standards are non-existant in Taiwan. My challenge is to help them feel and know that their spiritual welfare is just as important as their education. My experience is that the youth here crave the spiritual experiences we provide and somehow they are finding the time to participate. We've had overnight camps, dances, simple classes on how to bake cakes and cookies, service activies, and every activity starts with a small uplifting message given by the girls. Their enthusiasm is contagious.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

We believe everyone can and should have it. We are all God's children and so He wants us to have everything He has. "Eternal Life" is just that; everything that God has. There is no greater gift. He's sent prophets in ancient times and modern to teach us how to get this gift and the answer has always been the same: 1. Have faith 2. Repent 3. Be baptised by someone who has the authority 4. Receive the gift of the Holy Ghost through the same authority 5. Live your life doing the things Christ would want you to do (the Holy Ghost will help you do this) Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

How do we come to know anybody? We talk to them. God has given us prayer. Through prayer we talk to Him. We tell him our desires, fears, happinesses. Then in the quiet times of our lives we find that He is speaking to us. Maybe it is in the words of a scripture that we find hope that the desires of our hearts can be fulfilled. It may be in the chorus of a song that we find our fears have been quieted. And if you are me, you will hear in the laugh of an ocean wave or the dance of a butterfly that God shares your happiness. Show more Show less