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Hi I'm Jemi Ong

I mostly grew up in Upstate New York. I love working hard and being busy and I am a Mormon

About Me

I am currently a student in college studying mechanical engineering. I have a job and love to play Ultimate Frisbee and spend time with my friends. Being able to work hard and keep myself busy are very important to me as I have learned that if there is something I need to do or just want to do and it is of great importance to me, there will always be enough time to do it. I love to read - my favorite are fantasy books. Some of my favorites include Harry Potter, the Inheritance Cycle and basically any book by Brandon Sanderson:)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ that Joseph Smith restored once again upon this earth. When I was nearing the end of high school, I sometimes wondered how strong my testimony actually was - was I continuing to attend church simply because of my parents' expectations or even out of habit? By the time I graduated and entered college I realized that I had a strong testimony. During high school, it was more like I did not realize what exactly I knew until later on. I had not attended early morning seminary simply because my parents wanted me to - in fact, they never had to wake me up after I got myself my own alarm clock. I never complained about the time nor ever had problems with keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, or any of the standards mentioned in the "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet. That later came after much reflecting, establishing a better habit of scripture study and prayer and simply striving to truly exemplify all those values I had lived during most of high school in college life. My past freshman year at college is when I finally realized that I had done all of those things because I knew the truth of the gospel. I treasured the Atonement of my Savior Jesus Christ due to different experiences helping me to realize the beauty of it. I had followed all of those standards because I loved my Heavenly Father and wanted to do as He asks. I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon and how the promise the Prophet Joseph Smith gave in the introduction that living by its precepts will bring you closer to God than any other book. This gospel is truly wonderful, but most of all, it brings me great happiness - a happiness that I would never give up. I could not ever deny the truths of the gospel that I know and would never want to, which is why I have wholeheartedly chosen to devote my life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I am currently a sophomore in college and grew up in the church. I was raised by loving parents who taught me the importance of the gospel until I was old enough to truly understand it myself and love it. As a result, I have always set high standards for myself throughout my life. I have looked towards my church leaders and my parents, whom I respect, and have tried to shape my actions as a result of their examples. Sometimes I look at the commandments and standards the church has as many may ask why I would comply with so many "rules". Yet because of my testimony of the truth of the gospel, and my love towards my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, they are not exactly "rules" in my eyes. Rather, they represent a person that I want to become. The commandments and standards that I see are sort of like my ideals because my Heavenly Father gave them to us in order to provide us the best possible way to make our selves as perfect as we possibly can while upon this earth. As I shape myself to become the person I want to be, I am better able to fulfill my callings - in both leadership and service positions. In the past, I have been called as a leader for the program for the young women of the church as well as a representative for the youth of our congregation. I have helped to plan activities for my Ward in college, given talks with a thankful heart and have always made sure I fulfill my Visiting Teaching assignments so that the girls I visit know that they are loved and cared for. I live my faith to the greatest degree I can and hope to continue to be able to do so as I progress in this life.