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Hi I'm Heeje. 저는 유희재 입니다.

I grew up in Hawaii, Utah, and South Korea. I love children, learning, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Laie, Hawaii to Korean parents. We moved to Seoul, Korea when I was seven, and ten years later, went to college in Provo, Utah. Currently, I'm a full time missionary in the California Anaheim Mission. Before the mission, I loved to party and be crazy. Right now, I am serving a full-time mission, and so this time is not my time to spend but after my mission, I want to live a different lifestyle. I really want to research my family history and find out more about my ancestors and where I come from. I want to read and ponder the good literature of the world. I want to study different plants and plant my own garden. I want to serve others and help them come closer to our Savior. I want to educate myself and empower myself so that I can be a blessing to all those around me and be in a position to help others. I want to find a lady whose greatest priority is on being righteous, unstained from the world, and on obtaining eternal life. I want to start a family, and be a good husband, and a good father. I want to obtain greater spiritual knowledge and wisdom, and grow stronger in my love for God, denying myself of all ungodliness. I want to fill my life with everything that inspires, uplifts, and motivates myself and others to be better.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because I understand that truth sets us free. Our progression is limited to the amount of truth we understand. In other words, there is no limit to our progression if we simply seek after truth and consent to live by the truths we understand. The world will tell you that you are not capable, that you cannot be more than where you are at. The thinking of the world will limit your progression. But, if we understand that anything that is not truth binds us down, while all things that are truth give us hope and motivate us to exert all our powers, then we can simply filter the messages that the world sends. Listen to and follow those things that motivate you to be better. Ignore the things that discourage you and influence you to give up. I can point to one experience I had that helped me to know, and never doubt, the truthfulness of the gospel. I was three years old, and I spent a lot of time with my mother. She taught me and nurtured me in the faith of the Lord. One night, we were lying on the grass, looking up at the stars in the Hawaiian night sky. It was cool and breezy. As I looked at the countless number of stars in the sky, a question entered my mind. I asked my mother, “mom, why are we here?” She started to explain to me the great Plan of Salvation that God had prepared for us – how we chose in the pre-mortal life to come to earth to experience the pains and joys of mortality. As she unfolded this great plan to me, something built up within my heart, and I shouted up into the heavens, “God, thank you!” I can still remember the pure, exquisite joy that burned within me. The feeling of deep gratitude I felt caused me to shout for joy as did the sons of God in Job 38:7. I will never forget that. My childhood memories act as my compass. They teach me what I must be; what I must aim for and continue working towards.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by constantly seeking to understand all of God's ways - the truth. I seek knowledge and wisdom continually by looking to the scriptures, the teachings of modern-day prophets, the teachings in the temple, and mine, and others', experiences in living the gospel. As I ponder these things and pray for understanding, my mind is enlightened; truth, light, and intelligence flow into my mind; and I rejoice in the peace, hope, and joy that the truth brings. I live my faith by constantly trying to utilize all things that are around me to increase my Christ-like attributes: patience, virtue, kindness, love, humility, faith, hope, long-suffering, knowledge, and wisdom, to name a few. I have found that the best way to live my faith, although it’s a wonderful thing to continually improve myself, is to put my focus on others, and continually help them improve and become more perfect. As I seek to help others improve, I have found that the most tender feelings of love and care enter into my heart. When they are hurt, or discouraged, I want to help them, inspire them – offer a sympathetic hand. When they enjoy success or find happiness, I want to rejoice with them. The best way to live my faith, in my opinion, is to persistently seek to be perfect, as Christ is perfect, and also, to persistently help others to be perfect. To seek to be perfect requires that you know what it means to be perfect – and that means study, pondering, experimenting, applying, and reviewing. It’s a constant cycle of looking at yourself and determining your strengths and weaknesses, then setting specific goals to improve, and evaluating your progress.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Heeje. 저는 유희재 입니다.
John 17 v3 tells us that eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ. The key word is “know.” Does it mean to know someone in the sense that you’ve heard of him? For example, people will ask you, “Hey, do you know Pele, the great soccer player?” Of course you can say you know him, but is that the meaning of the word “know” as it is used in John 17 v3? Or does it mean to know someone in the sense that you know your best friend? your spouse? your parents? In my understanding, the word “know” as it is used in John goes beyond any of these relationships. It implies understanding to its fullest – comprehending, understanding, identifying with, being one with the object of knowledge. And so, to know Christ and God, means to comprehend fully. To comprehend fully, one must be at one with God, and how can one be one with God, unless he or she were made perfect, even as God is perfect? And thus to “know” as it is used in John is not so much to know as it is to “be.” To know God, we must be God. This doesn’t happen overnight. But, it is a process. The path to obtain this level of being has been trail-blazed by our perfect example – even Jesus Christ. We must follow in his footsteps, and do all the things that he did. As he was baptized by immersion and by proper priesthood authority, so must we be baptized by immersion and proper priesthood authority. As he received the Gift of the Holy Ghost, so must we receive this gift. We must follow the straight and narrow path. 2 Nephi 31. Show more Show less