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Hi I'm Jia Jun

I'm from Malaysia. I love music. I'm a Swiftie. I'm a missionary. But most importantly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey! My name is Jia Jun, but you can call me Jun :) I recently returned from serving a mission for the church in the California San Jose Mission! I'm currently attending Brigham Young University-Hawaii, majoring in Finance. I am from Malaysia, which is a beautiful country, and I live in Ipoh, which is a small town on the peninsula. I have been born and brought up by goodly parents who love me and supported me throughout my life. I have an awesome younger brother and I am blessed to have a wonderful partner-in-crime to grow up with. I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for most of my life and I am grateful to be a part of this wonderful organization. I love music, especially playing the piano, and singing! It's something that brings me comfort when hard times arise in my life. I also love playing sports and just hanging out with friends that share the same values as I do because we can help build each other up, both spiritually and physically. I love eating as well! Food is my life and I think I can blame my country for that because we have the BEST FOOD IN THE WORLD! I love meeting new people and making friends. I also hope to be able to travel the world when I grow up and go to many different countries while learning about different cultures. I know from my traveling "experiences" that it gives us a different perspective on life when we experience life in a different part of the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon. I love this gospel and I love the happiness that it brings into my life and the lives of everyone around me. I cannot say that the church has changed my life for the better because I did not experience any part of my life without the influence of the gospel but I can definitely say that I feel the Spirit more in my life and I cannot imagine what my life would be without it. I have seen the gospel change lives and help people to become better and become more like the Savior. I can testify that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real and I have seen it's power manifest in my life and also the lives of the people I had taught on my mission. I love being a Mormon and for opportunities to help others to come unto Christ each day. I hope that I can continue to help everyone around me to come closer to Christ and recognize Him as their Savior and their Redeemer. I know that He lives and He loves us so much! The church is true!

How I live my faith

I grew up mostly in the church. My mum joined the church when I was 4 and I went to church with her since then. I loved it and I loved attending primary when I was a little kid. My favorite song when I was in Primary was " A Child's Prayer". I loved the message that it contains and also that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers! I also loved the programs that the church provides for the youth which helped me to prepare for my mission! My first calling in the church was in the year 2008 where I was called to be the branch pianist. Soon, I was called to be a the District Young Men's President. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to work with the youth, especially the young men, and help prepare them for a mission. It definitely helped me to prepare for mine. I was also called to be the Seminary teacher the year before I left on my mission. Those experiences and skills that I gained while teaching seminary has helped me to learn to be a better listener and teacher. I felt that the Lord has placed me in certain callings to help prepare me for the future, especially now that I'm off my mission and preparing for other things in my life. I have also come to realize that the Lord knows everything and He has a plan for each of us. I personally know that He has a wonderful plan in store for me and as long as I stay faithful and keep His commandments, He will bless me and help me know His will for me throughout my life!

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jia Jun
No, all Mormons are NOT required to serve missions. It is a voluntary service and we receive no payment whatsoever. Instead, we pay for our own mission expenses and to do that, I had the wonderful opportunity to save some money every month for my mission fund. When we pay for our own missions, we appreciate everything more and it also shows the Lord that we are willing to sacrifice everything that we have, our time and our money, to serve Him and to be ambassadors for His church. I love serving a mission and I love the experiences that I gained which will help me to recognize my true identity as a child of God and to know that He loves me. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jia Jun
A simple question like that yields a simple answer. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we strive consistently to increase our faith in Jesus Christ. We practice the simple principles that was taught by prophets of old and even Jesus Christ himself. These principles include (but are not limited to) daily prayer, daily scripture study, keeping his commandments and serving others. We believe as we pray daily to our Father in Heaven, we establish a strong connection with our Father in Heaven. Just like our parents who would want to hear about our day and the things we did, our Heavenly Father is no different. When we pray to him daily, he will comfort us and let us know that He loves us through the Holy Ghost. As we feel His love, our faith is strengthened and we will have a stronger testimony that He lives and He loves us! Also when we study the scriptures daily, we increase our knowledge of the gospel. We read His words to us each day to help us make right choices. We do so by learning the teachings of the prophets of old and we strive to apply those teachings into our lives. We also receive answers to our prayers through the scriptures because they contain the word of God and it's one way God answers our prayers! Keeping the commandments and serving others are ways we can show the Lord that we love Him through our actions. As we do so, the Lord promises to send His Spirit to be with us to help us make good choices and increase our faith! Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jia Jun
As the world continues to increase the gap between its values and the values of the Church, we as Latter-day Saints find comfort and solace in the gospel. We know that the teachings of Jesus Christ is our only anchor in this world of ever-changing values. The standards of the Church remains the same regardless of what the rest of the world thinks is "right". However, amidst the turmoil that is going on in the world today, the Church continues to grow in its membership and many people are still searching for that anchor in their lives. If I could attribute one thing that attracts people to our Church, it's definitely the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a testifier of truth. The role of the Holy Ghost is to help us know what is right and what is wrong. As people sincerely search for the truth, they have the Holy Ghost to lead and guide them to know where to find it. I have no doubt that this Church is where they are led to because we have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and as members of the Church, we are also blessed to have the gift of the Holy Ghost. I believe that it is through this gift of the Holy Ghost that people can feel God's love when they are in the presence of church members. They feel happiness and joy. All these feelings come as a result of the presence of the Holy Ghost. I love the Holy Ghost. I know that through it we can know the truth of all things. We can also find joy and peace in this life through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Jia Jun
The Word of Wisdom is a law of health that Joseph Smith received from God in 1833. This law instructs us to avoid consuming substances that can be harmful to our bodies and our minds. The Word of Wisdom emphasizes on the benefits on eating healthy and to avoid the use of tobacco, alcohol, tea, coffee, and illegal drugs. We are promised great blessings when we follow this law and when we keep our bodies away from these substances. For me, I feel that this law is not meant to restrict, but to allow us to have more freedom. For example, when we avoid alcohol, we make better choices every time and we are aware of what we do. We have full control of our actions, thoughts and words. However, when we choose to not follow this law, we will cause a lot of problems, not only to ourselves but to others as well. Other than that, the Word of Wisdom enables us to exercise our agency, or in other words, our freedom to choose. If we are addicted to a certain substance and we need it every day, we lose our freedom of choice. We tend to be slaves of our own addiction instead of being in control. This will have a long-lasting effect, not only on our physical bodies, but also on our mental health and spiritual well-being too. However, when we follow this law, it will bring us closer to the Spirit and we can listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost more clearly in our lives and make better choices. I know that I can keep my body clean and pure like the temple. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jia Jun
Church services usually last for about 3 hours. Depending on your local congregation, sacrament meeting usually starts first. During this meeting we sing hymns and partake of the sacrament. We also have speakers that are members from the congregation to talk on specific topics/gospel principles. The first Sunday of each month is usually a fast and testimony meeting where members are invited to share their testimonies during the meeting instead of having assigned speakers. This meeting usually lasts for about 70 minutes. We also attend Sunday School during our church services. We have different classes that cater to different ages and we learn more about the gospel during these classes. Teachers of these classes serve voluntarily in these capacities and out of their love for the Lord. We strive to uplift and to inspire each other through the lessons taught and to help strengthen one another. We also have Priesthood meetings for male members aged 12 and above and Relief Society meetings for women ages 18 and above. Young Women meetings provide classes for females aged 12 through 17. These meetings help provide a platform for knowledge to be shared among members of the same age group. Another organization called the Primary provides classes for children from ages 3 to 11. They teach children about Jesus Christ and help them to build their faith in Him while they are young. All visitors are welcomed to join and participate in our sunday services. No donations are required. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Jia Jun
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. Everyone, regardless if you are a Mormon or not, can receive the blessings that come through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches us that no unclean thing can enter into the presence of God, therefore, it would be impossible for us to return back to Him unless our sins are washed away. This is the reason why God sent us His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer for our sins, to pay the price so that we can return back to our Heavenly Father. However, it comes with one condition. We must have faith in His Atonement and repent of all our wrongdoings. Then, we must promise God that we will never do it again and strive our best to keep the commandments. Jesus Christ also invites us to follow His example and be baptized. As we do these things, we recognize the significant role that our Savior plays in God's eternal plan of happiness for us and we appreciate the sacrifice that He has made for each of us. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jia Jun
As a returned missionary myself, we love to share our beliefs with everyone around us. When we have a chance to visit someone who is interested to learn more, we just share a simple message about Jesus Christ. Simple as it seems, I have felt the Spirit testify of the truthfulness of the message we share to the people we meet. We also teach about God's plan of happiness for us and our purpose in this life and the life to come. We would also invite the people we meet to make commitments to help them strengthen their testimony and also to come closer to their Savior. We invite others to learn and experience the joy that comes from living the gospel in their lives and also to recognize their divine identity as children of our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jia Jun
The Atonement of Jesus Christ began in the Garden of Gethsemane. There, He took upon Himself all of our sins, pains, struggles, weaknesses and basically everything we will ever face in this life. He did that for each and every one of us, individually, and because of that, if we ever feel alone or when we feel like no one will ever understand the trials that we are going through right now, we can always remember that Jesus Christ felt all of that and He is always there to help us. There is always hope in the Savior's Atonement! And the best part? He did it out of love for all of us! He LOVES us so much that He was willing to gve up His life just so that He can help us whenever we feel like giving up. I love my Savior and I know that He suffered for my weaknesses and short-comings. I am not perfect but I know that I can be through the Atonement! Because of Him, I have a chance to start over and be better each time I mess up. There is no such thing as a lost cause. Everyone can be forgiven because of the Atonement! Everyone can change because of the Atonement! I love this simple truth! I know that as long as we place Christ in the center of our lives and as we strive to keep His commandments, we will be able to show Him how much we love Him and how much we appreciate all that He has done for us. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jia Jun
The main purpose of the Church's welfare program is to encourage everyone, regardless if they are members or not, to be self-reliant and to help those who are poor and in need. The Church's welfare program allows those who seek help from the Church to work so that they can help themselves and others. We better appreciate the assistance that we receive from the Church when we work for it. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Jia Jun
I am not married yet and I do not feel qualified to make any comments on this topic but I personally feel that parents play such a HUGE role in the growth and development of a child. What an individual becomes in the future is dependent on how that person was raised. Both father and mother have a huge responsibility to bring up children in a loving environment. This environment can be easily achieved through the application of gospel principles in teaching situations and if the home is centered on the teachings of Jesus Christ. I do not know the circumstances of raising a child YET, but I know that when parents recognize that parenting is a divine calling from God, they will bless their families in so many ways. They will expand their best efforts to work together and to help their children to love and serve one another. These situations are vital in order to create a conducive environment for the Spirit to teach the children to be disciples of Jesus Christ. I was born in a home that thrived with an abundance of the Spirit because of a righteous mother who lived the gospel as well as she could and an excellent father who was not a member, but supported us through thick and thin. The love that I felt from my parents while growing up has definitely molded me to become who I am today and to help me recognize the significant role of being a worthy, righteous Priesthood influence in building the foundation of a home that is centered on Jesus Christ and his gospel. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jia Jun
I have been asked this question many times in my life. Why is Joseph Smith so important in our Church? Well, we believe that he was chosen by God at this day and age to help restore the church of Jesus Christ back on this earth. He was an instrument of God in doing so. Not only that, he also restored priesthood keys that were lost when Christ and all His Apostles were killed. This priesthood authority is extremely important because through it, God's power can be manifest in the lives of His children here on the Earth. We honor Joseph Smith as a prophet of God in these last days but NO, we do not worship him. We worship God, the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. We respect and acknowledge Joseph Smith as a prophet, just like any other prophet that lived in biblical times like Noah and Moses, as well as our modern day prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. I know that God loves us so much that He has called another prophet on this Earth once again to lead His church and to keep me on the right path back to Him. I know that as I follow the counsels of the prophets, I will not be led astray. Show more Show less