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Hi I'm Kyoo (Q)

I am a blogger, guitarist, philosopher, father, husband, runner, and trilingual. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Daegu, South Korea. Although I grew up going to Buddhist temples with my parents, I did not really believe in Buddhism but believed that there could be a god. Of course, I did not know about God or Jesus Christ growing up at all. Then my family moved to Macomb, IL when I was 12. There, we were introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were baptized. After experiencing deaths of my grandmother and my uncle when I was in elementary school, I started to wonder about what happens when people die. In Buddhism, I learned that people reincarnate into humans, animals, or whatever depending on the deeds you have done. However, I always was curious whether you reincarnate right away or if there is a waiting place. Through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, I have learned that there is a waiting place for people who pass away before they are judged. It made so much sense to me that there would be a waiting place and that everyone will have a chance to learn about the Savior and accept the gospel. As I learned more about the gospel, I began to grow the desire to serve a full-time mission. I served in Los Angeles, California for two years in many communities speaking Korean, Spanish, and English. I am so grateful that I could share the love and joy I have with so many populations. Currently, I am working at Brigham Young University and enjoy running, playing guitar, reading, blogging, and spending time with my beautiful wife and our little baby.

Why I am a Mormon

Everyone in the world goes through trials: deaths, job losses, depression, sickness, etc. I am not immune to those things. I have experienced depression, deaths, and unclear future. At times, I get depressed because I am overwhelmed by not knowing what the future holds for me, my social life is not the way I would like it to be, or I feel guilty, perhaps even ashamed, of the mistakes I make. At times, I thought about committing suicide. Why? Because I thought it would be easier to just be done with life than go through so much pain. However, I realized through studying the scriptures that it is OK to be imperfect and not sure of the future. The scriptures teach us of hope that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings and the Comforter, or the Holy Spirit, that gives us assurance that when we trust The Lord, everything will be all right. The Book of Mormon along with th Bible teaches about the Atonement, the sacrifice, of Jesus Christ. He not only suffered and died for our sins, but also made it possible for us to never feel alone. He knows exactly how we feel because we felt it in the Garden of Gethsamene. Through the Book of Mormon and the living prophets of The Lord, I know that I will not be left alone when I am in darkness. The Savior, my personal Savior, will lift me up and be by my side as my best Friend. The clear knowledge of who the Savior is the reason why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Everyday I make choices to live my faith. I pray when I wake up and before I go to bed. I study the Book of Mormon as well as the New Testament of the Bible. I write in my journal to count the blessings that I have received. I post something spiritual on Facebook and try to update my blog as often as I can. I think about how I can fulfill all my church responsibilities. However, doing these things is only a part of how I live my faith. I live my faith by becoming like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Christ had commanded us to become "perfect as He and His Father in Heaven are perfect." As I keep the commandments of God and serve others, I learn Their attributes and slowly change myself to be fit for heaven or to live with Them again. I do not profess to be perfect; however, I know that it is Their goal to "bring to pass immortality and eternal life of men." I try to keep the commandments to learn to be like Them and do the things that They would do if they were in my situation. I love my Heavenly Father and I do want to be like Him. I hope that the way I live will enable me to not only live with Him again but also become like Him as a child wants to be like his father.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Kyoo (Q)
God has commanded us to pay tithing or 10 of our income to show our gratitude to Him for all the things He has given us. If you think about it though, 10 isn't much since we always receive more blessings by obeying God's commandments. We are not losing anything but gaining more.   Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Kyoo (Q)
All the experiences I had show me that there is a God. I know that He sent my family to the U.S. to learn about Him. I know that He put everyone I met on my path so that I can learn more about Him and to become a better person. I know He exists because He answers my prayers. Another thing that tells me that He exists is the stars. I love looking up at the sky at night because whenever I look at the stars, I wonder what's out there. It's interesting to think that so many things can change on this earth but nothing changes up in the sky. The stars are always there like a signature of God. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Kyoo (Q)
I am a Korean and I can tell you that there are no restrictions based on race or color. I have plenty of friends of different race who are Mormons and hold the Priesthood. Restrictions come through our actions or how we live our lives. We are commanded by God to keep His commandments. If someone were to be baptized but do not keep His commandments, that person is not ready to make a covenant with God to always keep His commandments. As long as we do what God commands us to do, we will have the privilege of receiving all the blessings from Him. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Kyoo (Q)
I think we generally live like normal people. We got jobs, families, homes, cars, etc. We go out to eat, we celebrate holidays and birthdays, we watch movies, we listen to music, we go to school, we wear regular clothes, and so on. What is so different about us, Mormons, than others is that we don't drink any alcoholic beverages, don't smoke, don't drink coffee, and don't cuss or take the Lord's name in vain. Of course, there are things we do that others don't. We do lots of services for the communities and the Church, go to church every Sunday and sometimes other days of the week, and go hometeaching and visiting teaching to other members of the Church. We try to live God's standards which He has set. These standards might sound ridiculous to some people but we strongly believe that this is what God expects of us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Kyoo (Q)
We believe that God, the Father Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost Spirit are three separate beings. We know this through Christ baptism Christ was baptized and the voice of God came from heaven then the Holy Ghost descended like a dove. Also when Stephen was being stoned and was about to die, he saw both God and Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have physical and tangible bodies, but the Holy Ghost does not. When Christ came back to his disciples after his resurrection, he had them touch the wounds of his hands and his side. He even ate with them. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Kyoo (Q)
When we, Mormons, talk about the First Vision, we are referring to the vision that Joseph Smith had when he saw God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. He said that their "brightness and glory defy all description." During this vision, Christ commanded Joseph not to join any of the churches at that time because "they draw near to Him with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him, they teach for doctrines the fcommandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the gpower thereof." Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Kyoo (Q)
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is when he suffered everything such as sins and infirmities for us. Personally, it is a blessing in my life to know that Christ not only suffered for our sins but also for our infirmities. He understands us when we are sad, happy, depressed, joyful, etc. When I think of a parent wanting to take away pain away from his/her child when the child is sick, I think of Christ who actually took away that pain from us so that we wouldn't have to suffer. We can simply turn to the Savior who has already suffered these things and let Him take away our burden. The Lord told us that He suffered these things that we wouldn't have to suffer if we repent. We are not perfect; therefore, we can't go back to our Heavenly Father by our own efforts. However, the Savior sacrificed His life so that we can return to our Heavenly Father. It was necessary for Him to "buy" us through His sacrifice and His new "term" for us to reconcile with our sins is keeping His commandments. The Savior promises us that as long as we keep His commandments, we wouldn't have to suffer the consequences of our sins. Show more Show less