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"No Other Success Can Compensate for Failure in the Home!"    -  David O.  McKay

 

Kathleen and Stanley Wan - China Administrative Unit Director (CAU) and Companion for the LDS Church 2013-2016

 

Wan Tak Chung Stanley

Area Seventy 2004-2012

Stanley and Kathleen Mission

Mission President ad Companion in Hong Kong 1997-2000

Full-time missionary in Hong Kong 1975-1977

Stanley Wan was with Elder Howard W. Hunter at Graduation Ceremony of the Brigham Young University - Hawaii 1979

 

Master's degree from the University of East Asia (today's University of Macau) 1988

 

 

 

Kom Tong Hall (Today's Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Museum)

I am just an ordinary person with a very humble family background. Kom Tong Hall (today's Dr. Sun Yat-Sen museum) was my home.   It was also the former Asia Area Headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As servants, my parents moved into this magnificent building in my childhood.   Some people mistakenly thought we were a wealthy family,  in fact, we all lived in the building's original servants' quarters - a single bedroom in the backyard basement less than 100 square feet in area.

Kom Tong Hall is not only a classic house but also a famous historical building in Hong Kong. Its value lies not only in its architectural design or choice of materials but also in the memories we shared, the history we witnessed and the influence we felt there.   Many in the world feel despair, depression, frustration, and worry, often out of a desire to learn the purpose of life. While the Church owned Kom Tong Hall many who walked through its doors found answers to their questions. Some changed their lives by giving up bad habits, refraining from drugs, abstaining from tobacco and liquor, giving up gambling, rejecting pornography, cutting off evil thoughts, and ultimately becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.

》Please click here if you are interested to know about this building

 

My father once said that the generation when he was born was most unfortunate because they endured the horrible World War II during their youth and school days, and were therefore not able to receive a normal education. It was very different from today's generation of young people that lead a normal and easier life. My parents suffered from those harsh and unstable days, when they had to flee during the day under alert, and were threatened by surprise attacks at night, always running to and fro, rarely having any peace.

After the war, prosperity, wealth and worldly pleasures numbed the minds of many people. Many seemed to enjoy these luxuries, however, these things brought another form of pain and bitterness. Some even sought power but lost their souls! There is a Chinese saying that perfectly depicts the unsatisfactory life of the worldly chasing after wealth and fame.

“Busy, Busy, unable to quit,
Rise up early, no time to sleep.
Riding a donkey but dreaming of a horse,
Today a knight, and tomorrow a queen!”

Referring to the wealth-seeking people of the time, my father once told me,“I never thought that I would be one of them!” Yet, he added, “I was just like many others in the world, seeking after fame and fortune, and day and night I never stopped! I searched through darkness and thought it was a palace. My life had fallen and I considered myself prosperous. How sad that was!” One is always awakened from false dreams by a sharp and often painful alarm. Although he never went hungry and always had shelter, over time, my father realized that he was not happy. He sensed that he had lost something important. His heart felt empty and his mind was numb. Though preaching had never affected him much, no matter how knowledgeable or scholarly the preacher, when he heard young missionaries with pure motives and sincere words of inspiration, his long-closed heart finally began to open. It was 1955 when he was first contacted by the missionaries. In 1957, he was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Stanley Wan's parents in 1949

 

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Stanley Wan's Father and Mother 1976

 

Graduated from the Association of Hong Kong and Kowloon Chinese Medicine Practitioners 1995

I always trusted my father when I was a child. His loving care, example and influence helped me believe in God, and I would never doubt what he had taught me. My father passed away long time ago, yet today I am still keeping his testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ on voice tape.

We love singing! The Song of the Wan Family was first presented in 1993. Time flies! Our children in the video have all served as full-time missionaries, graduated from the Brigham Young University and married in the LDS temple.

The Articles of Faith on Wedding Announcement

Family photo 2016

Prosperity in the world often brings about disparity between the poor and the rich as well as other social problems. There are people who seek no prominence or wealth, while others gain fame and fortune easily. There are people who are physically disabled, while others have strong healthy bodies. There are some who die young while others live a long life. Today there are still many people who are in desperate needs. The aims of the LDS Charities are to relieve suffering, to assist people to become self-reliant, to benefit the community, to provide service opportunities and to promote the merciful spirit of Christ. This video is one of the many humanitarian services that the Church did when I served as the Asia Director of the LDS Charities organization.