Summarized by Kent Larsen
Spreading the Word; Young Mormon Missionaries take their Faith to Chinatown
New York Post Children's Express 7Dec99 D1
By Sean Colenso-Semple, 14 and Ya-Ying Zeng, 12
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The New York Post's Children's Express, an
edition of the New York paper written by and for kids, interviewed
Elders Chang-Ching Yeh and Wen-Chia Chang, Chinese-speaking
missionaries assigned to Chinatown by the New York New York North
Mission. Elders Yeh and Chang are part of an attempt by the mission
to reach the "one of the biggest populations of Chinese people in the
Aside from a giving an incorrect impression about a few facts, the
article gives a good impression of missionary work and these Elders.
Both Elders speak Mandarin while two other missionaries assigned to
Chinatown speak Cantonese.
The LDS Church has had a difficult time reaching the Chinese people,
according to the Elders, because of politics, "The government in
Mainland China hasn't allowed us to send missionaries from our
church," said Elder Chang. "I think our mission president felt it was
time to start preparing these Chinese people [in Chinatown] to hear
the things we had to say. Maybe through them, something might happen,"
So far missionary work in Chinatown hasn't yielded any baptisms, but
its just starting. Elders Chang and Yeh have only been working in
Chinatown for two months. "Right now we're in the period of teaching.
After a short amount of time things should pick up and we'll get a
lot of people to join," said Chang. Yeh says that reactions to the
Elders vary, "Sometimes they might be scared and sometimes they just
wonder what we want. Then sometimes they stop to talk."
The article also gives some information about the missionaries and
basic information about the LDS Church.