Cambridge's Mormon church has a new Mandarin-speaking congregation

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. 

Typical sidewalk bench relocates to river bed

My colleague Aditi Mehta, a PhD student in City Planning at MIT, takes pictures of random chairs she sees on the street. She's been doing it for several years. Back in 2010 she started publishing her photos in a blog series, starting with Married Forever Chairs. Pretty soon people around the were sending in photos of street chairs they'd seen. I started photographing chairs, too.

I hadn't found a chair in more than a year when, on a trip to northern Wisconsin last weekend, I spotted a park bench in a river. It looked sturdy enough to sit on. Here's the photo:

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.