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Hi I'm Joaquim

I was born in Macau with Chinese and Portuguese ancestors and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

There was a big cultural shock growing up in Macau and coming to live in the US. Macau is a small place with only 6 square miles. I didn’t feel confine but I had a difficult time imagining going from one place to another taking longer than 30 minutes... other than being stuck in a traffic jam with an idling engine. Beyond that 30 minutes of travel, a travel document such as a passport is required to go anywhere else. I enjoyed fishing growing up. In the months of June to early October, I would take a summer job. After work, I would ride my bike to the seaside and fish. Sometimes I would bring home a six inch bream, but most of the time I was a nuisance to other fishermen. I worked hard to learn English. Other than the regular classes in high school, I also enrolled in additional English classes in the evening so someday I could go to a college in the US. I did. I studied in Hawaii and Utah. After college, I worked in Hong Kong for a couple of years and was grateful the company moved me and my family back to the US to Minnesota. Life in Minnesota was great. I often went fishing after work and brought home six-inch breams. I even enjoyed the nuisance of having the kids around. Now I live in South Carolina, happily married with five children. I design fishing reels, and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother is a Chinese. Most Chinese in Macau do not know what they believe. Their faith has a form of Buddhism, but they are actually Taoist or Confucius. But among these three religions, family is an important part of their believe. My father is part Portuguese and was baptized into the Catholic Church when he was a young child. My mother joined the Catholic Church because of my father. I was also baptized into the Catholic Church. Although none of my parents practiced religion while I was growing up, they did teach me to revere God. When I was 12, I decided to attend church services. I was more than just being curious. I wanted to know. Attending Catholic service was a natural choice because I also went to Catholic school. To this day I have a deep respect for the priests who dedicated their lives in services. They were my teachers and my spiritual leaders. However, deep down there was a spiritual disconnect and I didn't know how to fix it. A few years later, I believe it was the summer of 1975, the missionaries of the Mormon Church knocked on our door and began teaching my family. That experience of learning about Jesus, his atonement, the plan of salvation, brought that spiritual fulfillment that I was looking for. I continued to learn from the missionaries and began attending church services. About a year later, my family was baptized into the Mormon Church. I am a Mormon because I discovered there is a God. He loves me and wants me to follow His Son Jesus Christ. He provided the Book of Mormon and the prophets for me to learn who I am. I am a son of God and Jesus is my Savior. We can all find out for ourselves if all these are true through prayer. I did.

How I live my faith

My family is my priority. My wife and I hope to raise our children believing in God and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. We encourage them to give meaning services in the community and in the Church. We have organized and participated in community projects. We also encourage our children to participate in extra curriculum activities. In the Church, I am a member of the bishopric. That means I help the bishop in one of the local congregation in various assignments. I particularly enjoy working with the youth and Scout program. There is nothing more rewarding seeing the youth realize that they truly believe in God. I am also a home teacher and have been assigned to watch over three families of their physical and spiritual needs. These families have become my friends and we visit often. I remember when the husband of one of the families passed away unexpectedly. In that difficult moment I am grateful to be there and help the family pass through the trial.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I guess it is because we a little different. Being different is not a bad thing. We do believe Jesus Christ is our Savior. Additionally, we believe He still talk and lead us through prophets. But why wouldn't He if this is His Church? Show more Show less