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Hi I'm H.L. David Wong

I'm a Mormon. I was born in Hong Kong and I immigrated to the USA when I was 13. I am an engineering professor and I love Math.

About Me

I have been an engineering professor for 36 years and my wife and I have eight children: 3 sons and 5 daughters. The range of their ages is 31 to 13. I also have three grandchildren. While I enjoy my career at a fine university, I have many other talents and most of them involve heavy duty labor. For example, I like cooking for large crowds, of the order of a thousand or several hundreds. I am a great dish washer. I am a good car mechanic and presently I fix the 65 cars that my mission has (everything but collisions). I love working in the garden. I do laundry for my large family and I have change more diapers than the average American. My affinity for labor comes, perhaps, from the fact that my Chinese ancestors are all laborers. My grandfather from my father's side was a railroad worker in the Utah-Wyoming area in the early 1900s; he later owned a restaurant. My grandfather from my mother's side worked in a Chicago laundry until he died at age 50. I suppose for me to communicate with them effectively in the hereafters, I would have to have a good resume of hard labor. My desire to do labor has made me a valuable member of my beloved church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You see, my church has a lay ministry and there is need for talents of all kinds. I wish to continue serving as long as I am physically able. It is joy to serve others.

Why I am a Mormon

A verse of scripture says, "Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them." I firmly believe in that and at age 23, while I was in graduate school, I found many Mormon friends who keep the commandments. Clearly none of them was perfect, but they had fun trying to live their religion. Another good point about the Mormon church is that it has a lay ministry. To me, that is the clincher. Not so much the church could save the sacred funds for better use, like building temples, strengthening genealogical work and supporting missionary work, etc, it allows a person like myself, to serve a vital role in the building of the Lord's Kingdom on earth. I found that many of my fellow members have an unshaken testimony of the gospel and their dedication to their callings is breathtaking. I am glad I am a part of this great work. When I was baptized nearly 40 years ago, I received by confirmation after baptism the gift of the Holy Ghost. I am forever grateful for the companionship of the Holy Spirit and the peace it brings. I feel at peace with myself and I understand the love that my Heavenly Father has for me and the value of Lord's atonement for all of us. I also know that my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has saved me from eternal damnation and that nothing I do in this lifetime can repay his sacrifice for my redemption. All of my material wealth is not mine, it is the Lord's, the only thing that I could offer up that is truly mine, is my will and my testimony that the gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth today.

How I live my faith

In an earlier section, I mentioned my affinity for labor. I would say I spent the past 25 years or so cooking for a lot large church activities. I cooked for my friend's wedding receptions. I also cooked for a lot of singles activities to help unmarried church members meet each other. For the past 60 months and ongoing, I serve in a mission office to help our young missionaries succeed. My most recent assignment is to repair the 65 cars that the mission has. I love this assignment as it fits my introverted personality perfectly. It is "me and the cars." I love serving in the church, there are many opportunities that require my expertise and talent. As for my family, the gospel has helped us stay close and we are a truly blessed family. I can boast that all my children are "good" and they are good citizens in the community as well as in church. We attend every required church meetings and that has brought great joy to us. Three of my children has served a full-time mission and a fourth will go soon. One unique feature of my family is that everyone, including the 13-year old, can cook and bake.