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Hi I'm Cy

I'm a second lieutenant in the US Army, a 4th year medical student, a Chinese enthusiast, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born fourth of seven children to an artist father and homemaker mother who built their own home in the Sonoran desert just outside of Mesa, Arizona. Despite the modest (understatement) income, my parents provided for a wonderful childhood. We made forts out in the desert, listened to coyote packs yelping at night, rushed to get laundry off the clothesline in ferocious thunderstorms, avoided close proximity to rattlesnakes and gila monsters, and enjoyed Arizona's awesome sunsets. As a child, I was always fascinated by Chinese culture. While still in high school, began taking Mandarin classes at Mesa Community College at night at age 16. I was called to a two-year, full-time mission to Kaohsiung (Gaoxiong), Taiwan at age 19. It was an incredible, life-changing experience. Coming home, I majored in Chinese and was able to study abroad in China. I currently am a 4th year medical student in New York City, but have done medical rotations and other training or service work in Taiwan, Tanzania, Ghana, New Jersey, Texas, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Washington - where I met my wife on a blind date! I enjoy art, music, the outdoors, theater, and film-making.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised their children to pray and read the scriptures daily individually and as a family. We went to church as a family every week and participated in weekly family home evenings, where we were taught gospel principles. At an early age, I believed that I had gained a testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of his restored gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. I read The Book of Mormon several times and before I left for my mission and believed it to be true. On my mission, however, I began to wonder if the church really was true. Many people were interested in the gospel, but I questioned their motives. Many of them seemed to only be interested in having foreign friends and/or improving their English. I struggled for a little while - wondering if it was all a big hoax. As missionaries, we taught that all one had to do was simply gain a testimony of The Book of Mormon, since everything - Joseph Smith, the restored priesthood, modern day prophets, eternal marriage, the atonement of Jesus Christ - hinged on that fact. Once one knew The Book of Mormon to be true, accepting the gospel would be a logical next step. To gain this testimony, one must pray to our Heavenly Father and ask Him. The Holy Spirit answers with a feeling of peace, comfort, joy, and love. I decided to try the experiment myself. I want to tell you that Heavenly Father answered me in a very private, but very real way. My answer came with indescribable and undeniable joy. It was an experience that left an indelible impression in my heart. I know that The Book of Mormon is true. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and translated this book through the power of God. I served the rest of my mission with confidence and renewed excitement. I knew that the church was true and that all I could do was give people the opportunity to try the experiment as I did. I have every confidence that anyone with a pure heart and real intent will receive an answer as I did. (Just try it!)

How I live my faith

My wife and I recently moved back to New York City, after a few months of medical school rotations at Army hospitals in different states. We are enjoying decorating our new apartment and getting acquainted with our neighbors. We have recently been called to work in the nursery for our congregation. We take care of children who are 18 months to 3 years-old. Children are such good examples of joy, purity, justice, mercy, humility, and compassion. I know that we will find peace and joy in this life as we follow the Savior's teaching of being like little children.