As a new convert and student at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Elder Chi
Hong "Sam" Wong gained much more than an education - he gained a sure knowledge that there is a God
who knows the "details of the details of our lives."
Born in May 25, 1962, in Hong Kong, China, to Ngan Kan and Fat Wong, Elder Wong
was one of seven children growing up in a small apartment. After completing secondary school, he met
Carol Lu at work. She introduced him to the gospel and he began the missionary discussions.
"I was a bit scared," recalled Elder Wong. "Once I started to know more about
the members and the missionaries, it was good."
The young investigator was baptized Feb. 14, 1982.
A year later, on July 9, 1983,
he married Carol.
Sister Wong, a graduate of BYU-Hawaii, knew that education would also benefit
her husband, so the young couple moved to Laie, Hawaii.
Because he was in Hawaii on a student visa, Elder Wong could work only 20 hours
a week. "We had to really exercise our faith and prayers," he said of what it took to sustain his
He worked hard to earn a scholarship and then, to maximize the financial
benefit, took as many credit hours as the university would allow. "It wasn't easy," he recalled. "Once
we had that experience we knew we could always rely on the power of heaven."
The Wongs were sealed in the Laie Hawaii Temple on Aug. 9, 1984. They are
parents of four children. "Those years were very special, very sacred," he said.
After studying three years and four months, Elder Wong received a bachelor of
science degree in accounting and an associate of science degree in computer science. He felt he
needed "to go back to Hong Kong to serve."
He would later receive an MBA from the Hong Kong Open University. During his
career, Elder Wong was the founder and partner of a business and quality consulting company and also
worked at a materials testing and inspection group where he began as the senior accountant and left
the company as the deputy managing director.
He has served as a bishop, stake president and Area Seventy. He participated in the
dedication of the Hong Kong China Temple and has seen the Church grow and prosper in his homeland. He
was sustained April 5, 2014 as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.