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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Chinese American, a chemist by training and currently teaching and doing biomedical research at a public university. I am a father of 4. In my leisure time, I love spending time with my family, watching movies, camping, fishing and doing DIY projects on my house. I have practiced Taiji for almost 20 years.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife and I first join the Mormon church because of the people. Our best American friend is a Mormon and she is one of the most genuine loving and caring person that we ever know. In fact, I think she is a great example of a perfect traditional Chinese mother/wife, which is less seen in the current Chinese society. In the Chinese ward (a Church unit) where we spend almost 6 years, we made a lot of great friends, who are just like this lady. We did not really had a good understanding of the Church teaching at first. For a person without much Christian background, this is really not a bad start. Later, as we come to church on a weekly basis, study the scriptures, pray about what we learned and live according to what we have been taught, we gradually experienced a very significant change in our life. Our view of the purpose of life is different. We know clearly, who we are, why we are here and what God wants us to do. It is like all of a sudden, you see a light in the darkness. It has been 12 years since we join the Mormon church. We have never regret our decision to join the church. In fact, I joked with my wife the other day that joining the church and marring her are the only two correct decisions that I have made in my life so far. I know this gospel of Jesus Christ is true. It feels like that the message resonances with my genes. It touches something that I was born with, my true identity of being a son of my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

As a family we come to church every Sunday. And during the week, we support our boys going to the church sponsored boy scout program. We also participate the service projects that are sponsored by our church unit. On the personal level, we pay tithe (1/10 of our monthly income). This fund was pooled and used by the church to build new chapels, temples, to print scriptures, etc. On a monthly base, we also skip 2 meals and give the cost of the food (often more generous than this) to the church to help the poor and needy. On a personal level, we try to study scriptures regularly and have family prayer at least once a day. Different from most of the Chinese, we do not drink tea. It is part of the dietary law of the church. Other things we abstain from include alcohol, coffee, cigarette and illegal drugs. In the church, the members watch over for each other. We have a home teaching and visiting teaching program, in which the members are team up two by two visiting, helping and encouraging each other. On a regular basis, we also go to the Temple to perform some sacred ordinances. In order to be able to go to the Temple, we need to meet certain requirements, including being honest and chase. Being a Mormon is not easy. There are so many things that we need to do. However, I fully enjoy everything of the church and feel at home. It has all I need spiritually and I felt my increase of wisdom and knowledge everyday!