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Hi I'm Cam Auduong

I'm an engineer, a husband, a father. I like to read, run and go on hikes and spend time with family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the second child of three kids. I was born in Saigon, Vietnam to two hard-working and wonderful parents. After the fall of Saigon, my maternal grandparents decided that it was time to leave Vietnam in order for their children and grandchildren to have a better life. They gave up their life-savings for us to get on a boat and head for the promised land. Our boat was at sea for several weeks and finally arrived in Malaysia. Six months later, we were sponsored to the United States by a Mormon family from Hyrum, Utah. It was in Utah that I was first introduced to the Mormon faith. I was later baptized when I moved to San Jose at the age of 15. What was special about my baptism was that I was baptized on the same day as my sister who was a great influence throughout my childhood and continues to be today. At times, she was often a mother to me while my parents were away at work. She always looked after me. In fact, it was my sister who made it possible for me to meet my wife. My wife, Andrea, and I were set up by my sister and cousin's wife shortly after she came home from serving a mission. We have been married for almost 3 years and are blessed to have a wonderful son. I work as a Software engineer at a programmable logic chip company in Silicon Valley. When I'm not working, I enjoy playing with my son, going on walks with my wife and spending time with family. We are lucky to live near my parents and younger brother.

Why I am a Mormon

I have known that God exists from a very young age. I remember early in my life kneeling and praying with my sister before bedtime when my parents were away at work. We would pray that our parents would return home safely. At that time, we were practicing Buddhism which was what my parents had been taught in their childhood. Although we practiced the Buddhist faith, my sister and I did not understand everything about the Buddhist traditions and my parents did not always have clear answers to our questions. I remembered asking my father about life after death when a close family friend passed away in 1984. His answer was that I was too young to understand such things. We were later introduced to the Mormon missionaries by my aunt who had invited them over to her house for dinner to thank them for helping her translate. It was during this time of my life that my father suffered a stroke and was hospitalized for many months. I often found myself praying to God for comfort and wanting to hear more from the missionaries. I felt at peace whenever I went to church or whenever the missionaries were in our home. As I read the Book of Mormon, I felt that there was great power in that book. My sister and I attended church for 7 years. My mother finally consented for us to be baptized when I turned 15. That was the greatest decision I made in my life. The church has blessed my life greatly. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored on the Earth today. I know that God, the Father and his son Jesus Christ appeared to the boy Joseph Smith. I know that God lives and that we are his children. He answered my prayers when I was a boy and has continued to answer my prayers throughout my life. Anyone who sincerely reads the Book of Mormon and prays about it can receive the same testimony.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by praying everyday and studying the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. My wife and I attend church every Sunday. We try to teach our son about the gospel by reading the Book of Mormon to him every night and teaching him to bow his head and fold his arms when we pray. I also live my faith by using the priesthood to bless my family and the lives of others. When Christ was on the Earth, he gave the power and authority of the priesthood to his apostles to perform ordinances and bless and heal people. The priesthood keys have been restored on the Earth today as a result of the Restoration of the church. In the church, one of the priesthood duties is to visit families that we are assigned to watch over. Each month, we visit those families to make sure they are taken care of temporally and spiritually. It is a wonderful blessing and privilege to hold the priesthood. I have had many wonderful opportunities to use the priesthood to give my wife and son blessings of comfort and health.