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Hi I'm Reuben

I'm a medical doctor, I'm a martial artist, I'm a father, I'm an entrepreneur, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a medical doctor that practices pain management and sport's medicine. I was also very interested in traditional Chinese medicine when I started my medical training, so I extended a year of medical school and traveled to Taiwan and learned acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I now integrate Chinese medicine and herbal medicine in my medical practice. I'm also an avid fan of martial arts and have a black belt in Judo and Taekwondo. I love martial arts movies, and I've done many martial arts demonstrations from high school through medical school. My inspiration for doing martial arts came from my dad when I was young. He use to teach judo when I was young, and I have images of people being thrown on the mats since I was 3 years old. So probably the achievements that I'm most proud of myself are my black belt in judo and my medical degree because both of them are things that weren't easy but I achieved myself through hard work and determination. I'm also a father of 3 children. My wife and I decided to teach our children Mandarin Chinese, so at home, even though my wife is Caucasian, we speak to our children in Mandarin Chinese almost exclusively. I wanted my children to appreciate their Chinese heritage, and the Chinese language is a large part of the heritage. So my children are fluent in Chinese, and it's been a great blessing. My children don't call it Chinese, they call it "our language," which I think has brought us closer as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad is from Taiwan, and he was converted to this church when he was about 15 years old in Taiwan. He met my mom in college, and she wasn't a member of the Mormon church at that time, but after they married for 2 years, she eventually joined the church. So I was fortunate enough to grow up in the church, and I don't think I realized how lucky I was until I got older. My parents had 5 children, and we all love being around each other and doing things with each other. We are all either married or planning on getting married and have great families. I see that the blessings that we have as a family definitely come from the teachings of Jesus Christ that I learned in the Mormon church. When I was 18 years old, I had some Mormon friends that were deciding on going to serve a 2 year mission for the church. I wasn't sold on the idea because I wanted to go to medical school, and 2 years is a long time. So I decided to learn more about the church because I knew it was a good thing, but I wasn't sure I was ready to give up 2 years of my life for it. So I read the Book of Mormon everyday for 30 minutes, and after about a month, I had only read about 100 pages because I really was trying to think about each page and what it meant. I finally decided to pray to God to find out it was true. The first time I prayed I was nervous and didn't know what to expect. I sat at my table and didn't feel anything, so I thought maybe I did something wrong and needed to be more humble. So the next day after I read the Book of Mormon, I prayed again to know if the book was from God, and an amazing feeling of happiness and mental clarity came over me. I felt like I was being filled with energy, and I just knew from that point on that the Book of Mormon was true and I should go on a mission. And I went to Taiwan and was able to see this book and our message bless so many lives of families and individuals. So I know that this church and the Book of Mormon are from God.

How I live my faith

As a medical doctor, service is a large part of what I do as a profession and as a way of life. So I do my best to volunteer my time at sporting events and church activities. Usually at these types of activities, people open up to you more about their problems than they would with their regular doctor because you're putting in an additional effort to see them and show that you care. I really enjoy those moments the most. Also in our church I help with mentoring young men who have recently graduated from high school or are preparing to graduate. I do my best to help them with decisions about college and work. Today's youth are really being hit hard in so many ways, and sometimes a helping hand or a little guidance is all they need to help them succeed. Sometimes all they want to know is that things will be OK. So I do my best to be available to these young men and women with applications and advice. As part of my church responsibility, we also meet with different families in the congregation to help fellowship and support each other. Someone from our congregation also meets with me once a month, and we all try to support one another. The biggest way that I live my faith is in my family. They are the greatest source of happiness that I can have. I love my wife and children, and I do my best to live a Christ-like life and provide a Christ-like example to my children. I think that's the best way for my children to succeed in this world if they see their parents striving to follow the commandments of God. We do our best to have family prayers and talk about scriptures and even sing church hymns with each other. We also share scripture stories with each other and take turns talking about the importance of the stories in our lives. Spending time and teaching my children and being a good husband is probably the most important way I live my faith.