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Hi I'm Ho Yan (Jerry)

I grew up in Hong Kong. I am a husband, father, and financial auditor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like music; one band I listen to is Boyce Avenue. I also like reading educational books, though interesting fact about me: I had never read a novel for fun before until I got married and my wife encouraged me to read some books just for fun. Also, I love basketball. These days I play ball in the living room with my two little kids, and my favorite thing is to spend time with them and my wife. I'm busy a lot with work and supporting my family.

Why I am a Mormon

At first, as a high school student in Hong Kong, I was interested in learning English. I became friends with missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) who taught free English classes. They did not ever speak to me about the church or Jesus Christ during our English classes, but I noticed they were always happy people. I could tell they had clear purpose in their lives. One day I asked to meet with them and we happened to be at the Hong Kong LDS Temple. There, they shared with me the first missionary lesson. I felt something different when they shared that lesson. That feeling (the Spirit of God) drew me to learn more. Later, after praying and studying, I learned for myself the church was true. I chose to be baptized on February 13th, year 2000. Each year I remember that anniversary with a glad heart. My life has gotten better and better ever since joining this church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my best to serve my family and put their needs ahead of my own. I try my best to learn about Jesus Christ and His teachings, and follow His example. I study His gospel every day. For example, I've been studying the Old Testament with a study guide that helps me gain a lot of meaning out of every page, and so far I am in Ezekiel (almost done!)...also, I read and apply the teachings of our church leaders. Once each week, I love having an evening set aside with my family to play games, eat treats, sing songs, pray together, and learn together. I am a home teacher. This means: once each month, I visit a few families in our congregation to share spiritual discussions with them and check in with them to see if they have any needs. They feel free to call me if they ever need help because these families are assigned to me through our church. I take it seriously that I have this responsibility of helping them and watching over them. One time a family I was home teaching had their house get flooded, and their whole basement needed cleared out and sorted to see what could be dried and salvaged. I got a phone call that evening that they had the flood, and I rushed to help, along with others from our congregation who all pulled together in service. It is a good memory.