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Hi I'm Olivia

I am an identical twin. I love animals, especially cats. Mexican food is my favorite. I love the beach and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Southern California, but my parents are originally from Taiwan so I speak Mandarin Chinese too. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology/Administrative Studies with a concentration in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations and I hope to work on domestic violence cases in the future. I am currently serving a 18 month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission. For 5 of those 18 months, I am serving in State College in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church and was baptized at 8 years old. To be honest, I sometimes took the gospel for granted simply because I always had it in my life and I didn't always appreciate it. Although I followed the gospel principles of the Church, there were times when I wasn't sure if I really had a testimony or not. Eventually I went off to college, where the ultimate test would begin. Would I continue living the Church standards or would I throw away everything that I had been taught for the last decade of my life? I didn't really question the things that I was taught. I only questioned if my testimony was strong enough. During my freshmen year in college, I lived in the dorms and word quickly spread that I was the only Mormon in the entire dorm building. Soon enough, other people in the dorm asked me questions about my religion since I was the first Asian Mormon they claimed to know. At first, it was a little uncomfortable for me to explain to young adults my age why I didn't smoke, drink alcohol, break the law of chastity or participate in other “typical” college activities. However, it became easier for me to open my mouth and bear my testimony. It was then that I realized that I really did have a firm testimony of the Church and the gospel. I watched as some of my roommates fell into the normal college life of parties and drinking, but these actions soon brought consequences as a few of them were placed on academic probation. I came to realize that the “rules” of the Church were there to protect me, not restrict me. Because of the knowledge I had of the gospel principles, I was spared from a lot of the heartaches, regrets and pains of making wrong decisions. I got a glimpse of the “other side” and I knew that I wasn't missing much. Being active and faithful in the Church has kept me on the right path in life and I am so grateful to have this knowledge and understanding of the restored gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

Before I started my mission, I attended a Mandarin Chinese-speaking branch for church every Sunday. I was assigned to be a teacher for children ages 4-5 in this branch for several months, giving me the chance to teach them about the gospel of the Church. It also gave me the opportunity to prepare lessons each week, allowing me to grow closer to my Heavenly Father. Although I was assigned to be a teacher, I felt like I also learned a lot from the children. They taught me to have more patience and be more loving. The biggest thing for me was watching how quickly the children forgave each other and others who had wronged them. This reminded me that I needed to be quick to forgive those who have wronged me too. Sometimes, it was a battle trying to get such young children to listen and focus to the lesson I was trying to teach. However, I knew something in my lesson stuck with them when they were able to repeat something they learned back to me. I am currently serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 18 months. In other words, I have put my life on pause and I have left my friends and family behind while I go and teach others about the gospel. Although I could use this period of a year and a half to start a career or begin graduate school, I am so excited and blessed for this opportunity to serve a mission instead. I cannot wait to meet people from all around the world and share the gospel with them.