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Hi I'm Sonny

Grew up in California. Served in Japan. Studies Graphic and Web Design at BYU-Idaho.

About Me

Born and raised in California, I am the oldest of two boys in my family of four. I had joined the Church at the age of 19. I grew up learning some Vietnamese and a little bit of Japanese, but mostly spoke English. I studied Spanish and French in high school. I recently studied Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, and Korean in college. I served in Sapporo, Japan. I am a student at Brigham Young University–Idaho and currently majoring in web design. In high school, I was part of the associated student body, the student government. In my free time, I love listening to modern pop music, trying new foods, swimming, watching Japanese Anime, drawing and sketching art, blogging, and spending quality time with friends and family. My favorite movies are Summer Wars, Spirited Away, Wreck-it-Ralph, Tron Legacy, and Big Hero 6. My favorite music artist includes: David Archuleta, Owl City, Imagine Dragons, GReeeeN, Joe Hisaishi, BIG BANG, and One OK Rock. My favorite things I read includes: Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Fairy Tail, Bleach, Magi, One Piece, etc. My favorite food is sushi and favorite ice cream flavour is melon. I am always excited about trying new things and meeting new people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a Buddhist family and fell to follow the traditions passed down from generations before me. Growing up, I never really exercised my faith in anything. I would mostly just see my mother worship her deities, her pushing her beliefs unto my brother and I, and my dad seemed to never have any interest. I never really saw my life as a something eternal or with any true purpose besides having a future family that I can pass on my traditions to. It wasn't until I went to college, I found The Church. It was through a classmate and close friend of mine that invited me into the LDS environment and ultimately come and take the lessons from the missionaries. I struggled with a long addiction of coffee and tea that were against the teachings of the Gospel, but I struggled even more deciding whether or not I should get baptized because of the fear of how my family thought of me. It wasn't until I realized in one the missionary lessons I had that I felt the spirit, the Holy Ghost truly for the first time. I described the feeling as if I had sumo sat on my chest. It was immensely heavy but not painful at all. It was so powerful that after that moment and a prayer, I just knew there was no way for me to deny that feeling and the Church. Following, I got baptized, joined the Church, and still today continuing and striving to learn more of the Gospel. I knew I had a right mindset that my life was about having a family, but I now know that my family can be eternal as well.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example to all my friends and family through acts of sincerity and charity. I get involve and participate in a lot of my church activities, socials, events, and dances. I have done my best in my callings as an activities group leader, activities coordinator, family history indexer and home teacher coordinator. As an activities group leader, I was able to grow closer and understand each of my group members and learn how they are and what their interests are. I like embracing a smile to everyone I see and meet hoping I brighten their day. Every day I try to find ways to become more Christ-like and develop ways to center my life around the gospel. I served in the Japan Sapporo Mission teaching in the Japanese language. I not only taught many there, but I loved many there as well. I even took in a little Japanese sign langauge to communicate to some amazing people.