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Hi I'm Han

I'm from Malaysia but I lived in Singapore for 6 years. I love learning, drawing comics, and writing music. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Malaysian by nationality and Chinese by ethnicity, I grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and moved to Singapore when I was 16. I grew up in an English-speaking home, but my parents decided to send me and my siblings to Chinese schools, where the language of instruction is Mandarin. Hence, I speak English, Mandarin, Malay, and enough Cantonese to say really important things like "where's the toilet?" or "how much does this cost? Can I get a discount?" I love drawing comics, and when I was 9, my teacher once caught me doodling in class. She confiscated my drawings and showed them to my mother, presumably hoping that my mother would put an end to it. My mother thought the drawings were great, so she didn't do anything about it, hence I've continued drawing comics ever since. I studied music briefly, which led me to discover quickly that I was neither a particularly promising pianist nor keen on pursuing music professionally. However, I did develop an abiding love for writing music, and I continue to compose music whenever I can. I generally love a wide variety of activities, particularly learning and expanding my knowledge - I'm quite excited to attend university after my missionary service. I do have some less productive hobbies, including computer gaming. Fans of the highly acclaimed real-time strategy game Starcraft 2 will find a friend in me. I am currently known as Elder Chong while serving a 2-year Mission in the England Manchester Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family, which allowed me to become very familiar with the teachings of the "Mormon Church". However, being familiar with the teachings and actually living them and believing in them are separate matters. I realised this when I entered into my teenage years and began to make more decisions for myself. I could choose to apply the values I had been taught in the choices I made, or I could ignore the Mormon teachings I was brought up with and do whatever I felt like doing. Through a process of trial and error, I quickly discovered that Mormon teachings and so-called rules are, in fact, an effective pathway to a happy and abundant life. Many people have a "to each his own" perception towards religion, comparing it to other lifestyle choices, such as vegetarianism. This isn't quite the case for me with being a Mormon. I am a Mormon not only because I've found that it suits me and that it makes me happy, but because I know that it's the only correct path in this life. That's a rather bold statement, but I know this because I spent time looking for an answer from God Himself about it. There are so many other ideologies, religions, and even other Christian denominations out there - why should I be a Mormon? While seeking an answer, I prayed frequently to ask God if Mormon teachings really do contain the full truth about life and God. I eventually got a positive answer from God, and I continue to receive answers from God, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon means that I'm always following Jesus Christ's example and become more like Him. I do so by praying often, studying the Book of Mormon, the Holy Bible and other scriptures canonised by the church, and attending church services regularly. To become more like Christ, I do my best to develop the same divine qualities He had, such as charity and love, patience, hope, knowledge, diligence, and so on. Most people who know me would probably describe me as anything but divine though, so it's a work in progress - which is exactly what being Mormon is about. Christ's mission and teachings are centered on love - love for God and love for all those around us. As a Mormon, I try to make sure that everything I do revolves around this key principle. So far, the best way that I've found to do this is by helping people around me in any way possible, and always being kind towards everyone and having smile for them. It's not always easy, but I've definitely found life more rewarding when I live these principles. Currently, I am volunteering as a missionary in the UK for two years. Each day, I meet with people and explain what it means to "follow the Lord". Being a missionary is an enriching experience, and I am learning every day to trust in God and in His strength over my own. Living in accordance to the teachings of Jesus Christ brings me much hope and happiness, which helps me to look forward to each day ahead!