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Hi I'm E.J.

I am a Korean-American. I am an Army wife, a mother of 5 children, and a student. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I was born and grew up in South Korea. I have parents who taught me the importance of education, honesty, and harmony with people around me. I feel privileged to have grown in the Korean culture which laid a firm foundation of who I am now. After my junior year in college, I had an opportunity to go to America to improve my English. That opportunity changed my life forever because I met my husband at the university where I studied and I also found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in America. After finishing my degree in Korea, I moved back to America and married Kenny in the Los Angeles Temple in California. Now we have five wonderful children. I shared my most precious treasure, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with my sister who also joined the Mormon church. My life has not been always full of happy stories, but I am thankful for many blessings from God. Every experience in my life, good or bad, has a reason because my life has a purpose here on Earth. It is my responsibility to apply the lessons I learn from the experience into my life and become a better person. Moving often with the Army and having 5 childrend keeps me busy. I drive between music lessons, sport events, and church activities. Preparing meals for a family of 7 and doing my homework at night are sometimes challenging, but they make my life interesting too. I am thankful for being a child of God!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert. I joined the Mormon church in 1997. Because I felt that joining a religious group should not be a quick decision, I studied the gospel for a year. I read the Book of Mormon and had discussions with two sets of missionaries, one in America and one in Korea. There is a promise of the prophet named Moroni to anyone who wants to know the truth of the Book of Mormon. He promised if we pray with a sincere heart, Heavenly Father will manifest the truth of it unto us by the power of the Holy Ghost. I wanted to have a similar assurance from God. I prayed for many days and even fasted to receive an answer, but the answer didn't come right away until my baptismal interview. Before a missionary asked questions, I felt this overwhelming feeling I never felt before. At that moment, I knew the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I knew Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I knew Jesus Christ is my Savior. It was so clear and I had no doubt in mind that joining the Mormon church was the right thing to do. The missionay just smiled at me and said, " I know you are a good person and I know how you feel now." I will never forget that feeling during the interview. It was a very tangible experience to me. I don't know how to describe the feeling, but I felt it physically and spiritually. Someone might ask how I am so sure about the truth of the Chruch and the existence of God based on feelings. I would answer that miracles can happen if we allow the hands of God on us. I believe we need to believe in ourselves and have a certain degree of pride. On the other hand, I also believe we must be obedient and humble. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are always there for us because they are our spiritual families. I have a testimony that being a Mormon is the only way to be happy and ultimately toward my eternal salvation.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is not just a title I carry on Sunday in the Mormon chapel. My membership changed my perspective on everything. The Gospel taught me wheres I came from, why I am here on Earth, and where I am going after this life. Knowing who I am and God's plan for me was just beginning. I still learn something new every Sunday and every visit to the temple of the Lord. It is a continuing learning journey with the Gospel as my life is changing with different challenges. Some days are good and some day are bad. Nonetheless, I keep in mind that it is acceptable to take a small step as long as I am heading in the right direction. I know I am not alone. I am blessed with people of great examples. I also express my gratitude for the atonement of Christ. We are not perfect but God provides a way to overcome our imperfections. All we have to do is to ask for a help. It takes a lot of effort to be a good member of the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I try to remember that I made a decision to become a Mormon and made a covenant with God. I do my best and I rely on Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for the rest.