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Hi I'm Xinru

I'm a scientist, I'm a wife and mother of 2, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a wife and full-time mother. I work in a research lab and am working towards a third computer science degree in a full-time Ph.D. program. This allows me to always be home with my kids when they are not in school. I enjoy volunteering in various community organizations and in my children’s classrooms. I grew up atheist but am so grateful to have learned about the gospel and our purpose here in life. That knowledge is a blessing that guides me in every way.

Why I am a Mormon

In fourth grade, my teacher had every person in the room explain how they thought the world was created. Everyone said God created the world, but I was the kid who told everyone about the Big Bang. I grew up atheist and believed that anyone who was scientific would not be religious. Because the scientific method can’t prove the existence of a God, I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to know. In college I started investigating all sorts of religions to understand their tenets. I went about it in a very academic and systematic way, gathering literature and scriptures of diverse religions from Muslim to Buddhism to Christianity to Baha’i. I could never want to subscribe to a belief that I didn’t know was true. After a year, I realized I still had a few decades of religion classes and research ahead of me. It was then that I realized I could not know the answer to every question about life that I would ever have. It was also then that I met a return Mormon missionary who pointed out that knowing God exists does not depend on knowing all of the answers to life. So I prayed to know the truth even though at first it felt like I was just talking to myself and after a few weeks, I got my answer. I just knew. Just like you know when you are in love. You can’t prove it or make someone else feel it, but you feel it and know it’s true. The wonderful part is, our heavenly father promises that everyone can know if they search diligently and honestly.

How I live my faith

I read the scriptures and attend church, but more importantly, I try to apply the principles to my life everyday. And even more importantly, I teach my children the principles of the gospel and help them learn what it means to truly love one another and our neighbors, and to forgive and accept the gift of repentance that Jesus has given us all. I’m definitely nowhere near perfect, but I keep trying to do a little better every day.