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Hi I'm Sung

I was born in South Korea. My mother overcame adversity to raise me in the U.S. I'm an American, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father. I have a wonderful wife and 5 beautiful children. Everything aside from that is just "noise" as we would say in my profession, which is computer science and communications. I came to the U.S. at the age of 6, with my mother and brother. I watched my mother struggle all of her life to raise her two sons in a foreign land. She started working as a dishwasher and made it to working in a semiconductor cleaning room before she retired. She never mastered the English language, but she learned it well. I remember as a 3rd grader quizzing my mother on vocabulary from her English class at the community college. She always challenged me to excel in academics, to make a better life for myself. Having grown up in that environment, I learned to appreciate the value of hard work. Now my children have a life that I could only dream of as a child. I credit several things for that: my mother, this great country, my church, my wife, and most of all my Father in Heaven. One of my greatest struggles now is giving my children a better life and more opportunities than I had, while at the same time instilling in them the perspective and sense of appreciation that I have. For fun I enjoy activities like hiking, camping, cycling, and tennis - all things I can do with my children. I also enjoy watching sports on TV, something that my children haven't caught up to yet. There's not really any hobby or anything that really excites me. My life is consumed by family and church.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always known there is a God. I don't know how I knew it, but I did. During my first 6 years in South Korea we never went to church or prayed or had any religion. When we moved to the U.S. my mother wanted us to have a church community to be a part of. We went to various churches, including Korean churches where my mother could understand the sermons, but none of them felt right. Then a kind man, a bishop in the Mormon church, through extraordinary effort on his part introduced us to the Mormon church. My mother told him, "I'll go to your church once, and if I don't like it you'll never contact me again." The deal was struck, we went to the Mormon church, and though my mother couldn't understand what was being said she felt a warm spirit there. My brother and I also liked it there. We felt at home in that congregation. Well, we kept attending and eventually were baptized into the church - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (people call us Mormons or LDS). My brother and I were benefactors of a great primary and youth program in the church. We learned the gospel as children, and we went to seminary as youth. We both served 2yr missions for the Church, I in Argentina and my brother in California. As I alluded to before, I am who I am and my life is what it is because of my mother, this great country, my church, my wife, and most of all my Father in Heaven. I'm a Mormon because I truly believe this is God's church, the one where I and my family can learn His complete gospel - all the teachings of Jesus Christ, all the truths that teach us who we are, where we came from, why we are here on earth, and where we are going after this life. I can get all of that, and my children can get all of that, in this church. My life revolves around my family, and that is completely compatible with the Church, because the Church is all about helping families succeed and supporting the family.

How I live my faith

In the LDS Church we are asked to serve in church callings, usually in our local congregations but sometimes at a national or worldwide level. Right now I serve in the young men's program in six congregations. I help organize activities for all those young men - activities such as campouts and youth conferences. I also participate in the teaching of those young men at these activities and at other church gatherings. Each congregation has its local adult leaders over the young men, and I help those leaders stay abreast of training and guidance from the Church and from Boy Scouts of America, as we heavily integrate with BSA for the activity portion of our young men's program. In the past I've served as a gospel instructor, a clerk, as a member of the bishopric for a congregation, and many others. Each LDS congregation is led by a bishop, a lay clergyman who is called to lead that congregation for several years. He has two counselors and a staff to assist him. So when I say I was a member of a bishopric, I mean I was a counselor to a bishop. All of these opportunities to serve, including the 2yr mission I served in Argentina, have made me a better and more experienced person.