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Hi I'm Jooyoung

I'm an American. I'm a Korean. I'm a warrior. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love anything outdoors. Hiking, running, swimming, airsoft, paintball, you name it. I also have been doing martial arts since I was four. I grew up in a strong household, with a supportive family who always pushed me to do my best in all things. There's only been two things in my life that I've ever consistently wanted to do. The first was to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and serve in the military. The second was to serve a mission. I went to the United States Naval Academy for two years and am now serving a mission in Thailand.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. I'll admit, for much of my life I didn't have a choice with my participation. The day I learned for myself the LDS church was true though was a rough day. While I grew up in a loving family, we had our share of problems. That day everybody was arguing with anybody who would listen. I suddenly felt I had to go and pray. As soon as I did I felt such an intense feeling of comfort come over me. It was an incredible experience. Unfortunately as the years went on and I gained more independence, I began to fall away and I learned the hard way that "Wickedness never was happiness." I needed to repent, and I had to change a lot. It was hard. But fortunately my experiences in the past were able to carry me through this time of doubt and trial in my life. I came out knowing that this gospel is true. I learned that my life is so much better when I have Christ's love and the Holy Ghost guiding me. In short, I found myself newly converted, despite having been raised in the church. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Before I went on my mission I had the privilege to serve as a primary worker for a year. Now I'm serving among the great Thai people (Elder Korean they affectionately call me), and helping them to learn what I've learned. Funny enough though, through teaching I've taught myself. But more importantly, I live my faith day to day. I take the time to appreciate every little blessing God has given me, and consider each breath I take another blessing.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Many see the LDS church as a "cult" because it seems unorthodox. We call ourselves Christians and yet are not one of the churches commonly associated with Christianity. Worse still, many call us a cult in a derogatory manner to vilify the LDS church. To speak candidly, this can be often linked to ignorance regarding church standards and its way of life. If people actually took the time to listen and observe how the LDS church actually works they'd find it to be an incredible, peaceful, and loving religion. What's more, they may find that much of what we teach is not terribly different from what they believe. Show more Show less