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LDS Call New Leadership for Chinese Speaking Branch in Dublin

Original post made by Ken mano, Willow West, on Jun 29, 2014

The Pleasanton California Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the calling of a new branch presidency for the Dublin 2nd Branch congregation. This is one of six Mormon congregations in the cities of Pleasanton and Dublin. The new branch president is Alex Tang with Po Chi Ho as 1st Counselor and Tommy Jones as 2nd Counselor. President Karl Yang and his counselors Po Chi Ho and Ron Petersen were released and received an expression of gratitude for their years of service.

The church operates with a lay ministry and all of its local members serve each other without pay. President Alex Tang, Senior Technical Leader for Cisco Systems, Inc., is married to Sonia Tang and they have four children. Po Chi Ho, Managing Director of Bearfish Networks, is married to Jeanette Ho. Tommy Jones, an Attorney at Pearl Law Group, is married to Xiaojun Jones and they have three children.

President Tang and his counselors, with the support of their wives and children, will lead a congregation of Mandarin speaking members and help them increase their commitment to our Savior Jesus Christ, strengthen their families and serve their fellowmen.

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Posted by Wendy Marcuse
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 29, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Ken mano:

I'm curious about the inroads made by LDS in the Pleasanton area over recent years. I also wonder: Have you read John Krakauer's book, "Under Heaven's Banner: A Story of Violent Faith."

Aside from making claims about the faith's polygamous past, practices forfeited (by some) only because of pressure by the liberal secular state, and of course now claiming that founder Joseph Smith was monogamous -- a lie of rather great magnitude (did he have 50 wives like some historians claim, or was it a mere 20?) -- I'm most interested in the institution's refusal to allow any kind of dissent amongst its congregation. And, in this regard, why the refusal to allow scholars to investigate the institution's archives? All this rather smacks of systematic deception and deceit, and all this while your leaders speak of waging a great war against nonbelievers. Are there rational reasons for these kinds of beliefs and/or practices?

Should you care to comment on Krakauer's book, or my own questions I'd appreciate it very much.

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Posted by A Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

Wendy, Let me start by saying that I am no fan of the LDS church for many reasons. But, that said, I strenuously object to you calling out a specific member of this community in this forum to defend his church and his faith. Ken Mano and other members of the LDS church are free to worship any way they choose and do not need to respond to your tactless challenge.

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Posted by Reply to a Neighbor
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jun 30, 2014 at 11:44 am

I disagree with A Neighbor. I also am no fan of the LDS church. When they post on a public forum, I think they should expect the kinds of questions raised by Wendy. I also disagree with your claim, Neighbor, that the LDS church is free to worship any way it wants. As I understand it, there are still parts of the church that practice polygamy, which includes marrying off minors against their will. LDS members shouldn't have difficulty responding to these kinds of purported facts. If they do, that indicates a problem.

Again, this is a public forum. I hope Wendy's pointed questions may provoke further dialogue and understanding within the community.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm

It's not just some folks that marry off children to old men.

Anybody that sexually abuses children needs to be identified, tried, and put behind bars.

If you read the news, you will discover that Catholic priests and nuns, rabbi's, ministers of various faiths rape and abuse children daily in the USA.

Adults seem to believe that it's OK to sexually abuse children? There is little to no outcry about child rape by clegy.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 30, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I understand that there are well over 200 languages spoken in China. How come such a high concentration of Mandarin speaking residents in Plutonia?

Are Mandarin speaking residents more highly educated in China? Is that why they immigrate?

I don't understand how come Wendy seems so concerned about Mormons? And, Asian immigrants Mormons? Wendy are you more concerned that Asian Mormons may have multiple wives or that they are Asian?

Lots of Americans dislike Asians based upon race/ethnic differences.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Are most of the Asian Mormons who speak Mandarin monolingual? Is that why they prefer a separate Mormon grouping?

Where were the Asian Mormons who prefer to attend the Mandarin speaking Temple born?

as in, Where do you born?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 30, 2014 at 12:39 pm

I doubt that Wendy's comments will encourage dialogue with the Mandarin speaking members of the Temple because her emotional tone feels combative.

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Posted by A Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Dear Reply, the LDS church formally denounced polygamy 110 years ago. Those few that continued the practice were excommunicated. Those few who practice polygamy today, known as FLDS, are not affiliated with the LDS church to which Ken Mano belongs. Polygamists face criminal prosecution for their acts, as Warren Jeffs did in 2007 and 2010.

As Cholo pointed out, other religions have had their share of wrong-doers, but I find it unfair to challenge an individual member of an organized religion to defend those few who stray so very far from the path and commit crimes in the name of a minority separatist faction. Mr Mano posted a public information notice, not a position paper requiring him to defend the foundations, history and practices of his faith.

Wendy's tone was confrontational and accusatory, and personally targeted Mr Mano' chosen religion. She can get satisfactory answers to her questions from any number of other sources without attacking an upstanding member of our community.

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Posted by Wendy Marcuse
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Aside from putting words in Ken Mano's mouth -- with no evidence -- A Neighbor really hasn't addressed the issues I raised. I was specifically inquiring about the Pleasanton chapter.

There are, I presume, all kinds of church channels by which to convey church-related matters. Sharing those matters with the entire community, on a public posting site, seems to invite inquiries such as mine that have the potential of leading to increased understanding by all.

Since Krakhauer's major claim is that LDSers don't allow for dissension and debate, and that their archival books are closed, I decided to direct some questions toward Mr. Mano (who still hasn't responded). Is the churlish dissention of A Neighbor, and Mr. Mano's own silence, the typical ways by which this religion handles questions/concerns from outsiders? I don't think my question is at all invalid, or inappropriate.

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Wendy, you obviously were rejected from inclusion in LDS. If you really want to find a religious sect to vilify, start with the Muslim community center on w las Posiitas. God knows, they would welcome an interrogation from women such as yourself.

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Posted by mjarivers
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 2, 2014 at 4:30 pm

mjarivers is a registered user.

So, Ken Mano,

Why aren't you responding to your posting?
Did you intend for your posting to be an announcement only?
Did you anticipate that your posting would generate commentary?
Do you Ken Manor, or Alex Tang, Tommy Jones, Po Chi Ho, Karl Yang,
or Ron Peterson, live in Pleasanton, or Dublin?
If not where do you live?
Will you be ringing door bells in my neighborhood to seduce folks
to join in with you?

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