My mom loved to learn. She worked really hard and got good grades. She wanted to go to college and become a teacher.
But everything changed when her A-level result came out.
She only got an E in English.
She passed all the other subjects, and even had an interview at HKU.
But with an E in English, she didn’t meet the requirement for college.
Yet, she didn’t give up. She wanted to overcome her weakness. One of her classmates was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, she brought my mom to the English class taught by foreign missionaries. She started her English class journey, and she even brought her siblings with her.
She met some friends in English class, and they would hang out after work. She loved the church members, she thought they were very kind. She felt great. She attended church activities and sacrament meeting. Maybe people thought she was already a member, people didn’t really try to convert her. Or they thought she went to church just for fun?
Two years passed. One day the branch president asked why didn’t she get baptised and join the church.
Mom said, “I made a promise to myself, once I get baptised, I would never leave the church. Therefore I need a testimony to get baptised. But I am still looking for one.”
And one day two missionaries thought they should talk. One of them had taught her for two years on and off. He was kind of frustrated.
They knelt down in a room.
They asked if the church and Book of Mormon were true. When it was her turn, tears came down. She felt peace. She knew this was the answer. Every one in the room cried.
They set the baptismal date.
After two and a half years, my mom was baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint on March 16, 1980.
Her testimony never faded. She taught us to gain our own testimony. I have learned not to give up easily and to do what is right.
Although she didn’t become a school teacher, she is a teacher in our family and in church.
I am thankful for her choice, and her E in English. (Her English is actually better than mine. HAHA)