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Hi I'm Hoa (or Mary)

Vietnamese now living in California. 29 yrs as Child Daycare provider, I recently retired. I am going on a mission in September.

About Me

I was born and lived in Vietnam until I was 26 years old. When I was young, we had no computers, no TVs, no running water in our houses, and no electricity. Times have changed. I married my husband and moved to the United States over 44 years ago. We are blessed to have 6 grown children and 13 grandchildren. A hard worker, I like to be busy and do service. Sensitive to other people’s needs, I love to help. I enjoy cooking (all kinds of food), walking, traveling the world, and listening to hymns and conference talks. I love to be with my family and hope to be with them for all eternity. They are important to me. Now that I am retired, I look forward to spending more time with my grandchildren. Prayer is very dear to my heart. I pray from sunrise to sunset. It gives me peace and comfort – and my prayers are answered! I know God loves and cares for me. I bear my testimony whenever I have a chance. I am looking forward to going on a mission with my husband.

Why I am a Mormon

45 years ago I met a young man at work. He was a fighter pilot for the US Air Force, stationed in Vietnam. Where I worked I met a lot of GI’s. They all had different personalities, but I noticed that this young man (Richard) was different. He was very kind, polite, soft spoken, didn’t smoke or drink alcohol, and seemed happy. I asked what made him different from the others. He told me it was because of his religion; he was a Mormon. I was a Catholic and had never heard of Mormons, so I asked him to tell me about his religion. After he told me what he believed, it sounded familiar and interesting to me. Being an active Catholic, I prayed a lot and knew some of our Heavenly Father’s plans. But after I heard about what Mormons believe, I felt I was missing a lot and wanted to know more. The Plan of Salvation, the Word of Wisdom, families being together forever, laws and ordinances, the temples, and the full Gospel of Jesus Christ are some of the things that were interesting to me. I wanted to know more. Before I knew it, Richard and his friend (the only Vietnamese Elder in Vietnam at that time) gave me all six missionary discussions. I fasted and prayed and felt the spirit. I tried to keep the commandments. Richard was a great example to me. He gave me some pamphlets and a Book of Mormon and asked me to read them. They were in English so it took me a while to do that. I had to work two jobs and go to training school to help support my family. I had a hard and busy life. Whenever I had time to read, I felt he Holy Ghost help me to understand and know the church is truth. To make the story short, a year later, I joined the church and married Richard. After 45 years, my testimony is continuing to grow. I know the church is true. We have a living Prophet and the way the Church is organized and functions testifies to me that it must be the true church of Jesus Christ. I am thankful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to stay close to the Lord. I always commune with God in prayer and scripture study. Attending church services and temple worship, doing service for family members, friends, church members and the community help me stay close to the Lord. Serving others helps me to become less selfish and be more considerate of other’s needs. Sharing my beliefs, supporting our Church leaders, studying conference talks and applying them to my life are important. I try to be patient and have genuine love and charity for others. I repent and give thanks to God daily. I have faith and hope in all things. I know I am not a perfect person (only Jesus is) but faith gives me hope and a desire to do better. If I continue to work on it and endure to the end, I will be perfected at last through the atonement of Jesus Christ. I pray and hope that I will see and live with my Heavenly Father again.