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Hi I'm Lisi Hong

I'm a part Chinese college student. I love food and poetry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a part Chinese family who loves good food, hard work, and the LDS church. I just started my first year of college, and I'm just trying to figure this whole thing out. In high school, I was known as the "DECA queen." DECA is a business and marketing club which teaches students skills necessary for a career in these sectors. I held many leadership positions, including Vice President of Technology for the whole state, but my favorite position was chapter president for my school. The kids in my club quickly became my "DECA family" as I served them and truly cared for them. Along with business I've always loved music. I participated in choir all through high school, reaching the highest choir by my junior year. I was blessed to be able to perform at Temple Square. Pure, clean, wholesome music brings the Spirit faster than just about anything else.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my parents are members of the church, so I have grown up with the gospel. Even though the LDS church has always been a part of my life, I had to learn for myself if the church was true. I truly came to know our Savior Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father while I was in high school. As I entered my freshman year, I was alone. I had no friends at my new school, and as the first semester began, I found myself without any prospects of lasting friendships or even acquaintances. At the same time, I started searching the scriptures and really praying to God for help and for friends. I was constantly asking myself "why is this happening? I'm keeping the commandments! I should be getting blessings." One night after a particularly hard day, I opened my Book of Mormon to Second Nephi chapter 22. The second verse states "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation." I felt a warm, comforting feeling overpower me. This verse was God's way of saying He was with me always. I need "not be afraid" of these trials, because He was right beside me helping me through them. Ever since this moment and after numerous faith-building experiences, I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true, and it is God's church. The Book of Mormon really is the word of God, and I can find answers to all my questions in its pages. I know I have a Heavenly Father, who is the literal father of my spirit, and He loves me with a perfect infinite love. I love Him too. We have a prophet here on Earth who, through revelation, guides the church in the way God directs. This church is beautiful. The messages it teaches and the Spirit felt when following these teachings brings the most powerful, profound feelings of love, joy, and peace. I wouldn't trade my testimony and activity in this church for anything, and that's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Serving the church has been a big booster of my faith. I currently oversee the women in my church boundaries as President of our group. It's a daunting task to be a new freshman, fresh out of high school, trusted with the responsibility of putting together activities, watching out for the women under my care, teaching uplifting lessons every month, becoming acquainted with all the women, and still keeping caught up in my school work, but I know fulfilling these responsibilities brings me closer to Christ. I also live my faith through daily scripture study. When I first started studying the scriptures, I would just read, but now I truly soak up every word on the page and meaning behind them. I've found that reading the scriptures with a purpose or question in mind, elevates your learning experience. God will teach you if you show Him you are willing and desire to learn.

What is being a Mormon like?

Lisi Hong
My day to day routine is much like everyone else's. I wake up, shower, eat breakfast, go to classes all day, do homework, eat dinner with my roommate, and then return home to do more homework. There are a few things that make my daily routine a little different, because I am Mormon. First, I start every day with a prayer to my Father in Heaven. This daily communication with God puts me in the right mindset for the rest of my day, and it also helps me to have Heaven's help throughout the small and large trials that I face during the day. Before I go to sleep, I close my day with another prayer to our Father in Heaven thanking Him for His help and asking for additional strength the next day. Second, every evening I spend thirty minutes to an hour studying the scriptures and the words of the living prophet. This is my favorite time of the day, because it brings me closer to God. Third, I go to church every Sunday to worship God. Sunday is a special day for Mormons. We refrain from shopping and other recreational activities in order to more fully show our respect for God. These three things-daily prayer, scripture study, and weekly church attendance-help me and other Mormons find lasting joy, peace, and happiness here on this Earth. These sacrifices in my time are worth it, because they bring me closer to my goal of making it back to Heaven. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Lisi Hong
One of my favorite quotes about faith is found in the church published missionary training handbook, Preach my Gospel. It says, "Faith in Him means that you trust Him and are confident that He loves you." Faith leads to action. Because I have faith in God, I trust Him and follow His teachings. Because I have faith in Him, I live my life knowing that I am never alone or unloved; God is always watching out for me. This love and trust inspires me to live my faith and not be scared of sharing His gospel. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Lisi Hong
I am 25% Chinese and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many people approach my family thinking that Chinese are not allowed to be Mormon. On the contrary, our church doesn't place any restrictions on people based on race. In God's eyes every human, regardless of skin color, are equal, and He loves us equally too. Show more Show less