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I just read an interesting article about Christianity in China. If you would like to learn more and read other books on the subject, you can read the article here:

I also read a recent article on CNN about an interview with John Huntsman about the future of China and the country opening more to democracy.

The LDS Church has released a new iOS app of the Book of Mormon. The app contains the Book of Mormon in several languages including Chinese. If you are still waiting like I am for the Gospel Library app to be updated with Chinese material, this app may get you by for awhile.


Just announced, 6 Issues of the Liahona in Simplified Chinese

You can order copies from the online store:

The new has finally updated the general conference section in Chinese.

It is still missing last conference and a couple in the early 2000’s. Hopefully soon they will have all the conferences back to 1990.

Deseret News has a column in todays paper about the Chinese Book of Mormon. There is one small mistake in the caption for the image of the first edition. It is labeled as a “Mandarin Chinese” Book of Mormon, which is incorrect. Actually the first Edition Chinese book of Mormon was translated in Taiwan but published in Hong Kong for Cantonese and Mandarin speakers in Dec 1965.

You can read the entire article here.

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Warren Brent Hardy served a mission in the Southern Far East Mission in 1956. Then back with his wife as the President of the Southern Far East Mission. He also went back with his wife in 1998 as the President of the Hong Kong Temple.

He has done a lot for the Church in the Asia area.

Letters in the Jade Dragon Box

I recently finished reading this new book by Gale Sears. It is a Historical Novel based in Hong Kong around the time of Mao ZeDong‘s death in 1976. Some of the character in the story are very real people while some are complete fiction.

I rather enjoyed the plot. I found the story be quite wonderful and very believable. The main character Wen-shan’s is one of discovery as she learns more about her past and mother she can’t remember.

I found the details of life in Hong Kong to be written very well. The food, the landscape, the culture all seemed to be portrayed correctly. The parts of the book that seemed a bit difficult are the notes written and the end of each chapter. Some notes precede the mention in the story and some come after. The emotion of the author toward Communism is made well know by the comments she chooses to make in the notes. It is obvious the author has done much research on China and the LDS church, but I believe it to be difficult to describe a time such as the cultural revolution without having lived through it. In talking with friends that lived in China during that time I got a sense of mixed emotion, a sense of pride in their country yet remorse for such difficult times.

I loved reading a work of fiction that included two of my favorite topics,, the LDS Church and China. The parts in the book relating to the church were very well placed and did not overpower the storyline.  I was glas to see the author was able to spend time with H. Grant Heaton and his wife before he passed away. Overall I enjoyed reading the book and I am happy to see such a rare occurrence of published material about China and the LDS Church.

H. Grant Heaton

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H. Grant Heaton

H. Grant Heaton Passed away this last week. He was the one of the first missionaries to Hong Kong in the early 1950’s and the first Mission President in the Chinese Realm for the Southern Far East Mission. He will be missed by many.

Here is a link a Deseret News article for when he was called as a Mission President in 1955:,4598822


Here is a fun video of a couple of Taiwan Missionaries. One of them happens to be my neighbor. I think they give a good representation of missionary work with the Chinese people.

Taiwan Missionaries

Chinese Missionaries

Chinese Missionaries

I had the great fortune of serving a LDS mission in the Washington D.C. North Mission. At the time there was only our little Montgomery Chinese Branch which met in an old chapel in Potomac Maryland.

Montgomery Chinese Branch

Montgomery Chinese Branch

It was frustrating sometimes to meet someone who spoke mandarin chinese but lived in Virginia, which was outside our mission boundaries. The Washington D.C. South Mission at the time did not have Chinese speaking missionaries.

I am happy to finally see a branch formed in that area. KSL article. The Twin Lakes Chinese Branch will meet in Centreville, Virginia. It is very exciting to see the growth of the church in that area in providing chinese speaking members a place to hear the gospel in their native language.