I was on the slow and steady path to earning a journalism degree. It took me about three years, taking a few classes at a time.
The second-to-last assignment in my very last class was to do a radio story. It was a wonderful assignment, and I was lucky to find a great story. My friend and former MIT colleague Stephanie Leishman informed me that her church, a Mormon church in Cambridge, Mass., had just founded a Mandarin speaking congregation. Three young missionaries are working full time to support the congregation. One of the missionaries, a man from California, learned Mandarin here in the U.S. so that he'd be able to proselytize his faith to Chinese immigrants in greater Boston.
In China, proselyting is against the law, except among family members. As Mormonism is not one of the five main religions of China, posting signs announcing Sunday service locations or times is forbidden. For that reason, Chinese Mormons in the U.S. hold dear their right to share their beliefs.