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Throwback Thursday: Son shares story of miraculous reunion with mother after 12 years of separation

Elder Chun Chen speaks to other missionaries at a baptism of a recent convert. He serves in the California San Jose Mission.
Elder Chun Chen speaks to other missionaries at a baptism of a recent convert. He serves in the California San Jose Mission.
Sam Bailey

One year ago this week, LDS Church News shared the story of Chun Chen, who miraculously found his family after 12 years apart.

Chen was 4-years-old when he was seperated from his parents at a playground in Taiwan. His parents had taught him not to talk to strangers and Chen refused to answer the questions of those who tried to help him. Chen was eventually taken to a police station where once again he refused to answer questions.

He was eventually sent to an orphanage and his parents were told that their son had most likely been kidnapped. Chen endured the regimented and difficult life in the orphanage until he was 16-years-old.

After leaving the orphanage, Chen saw a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and after finding the doors locked, two missionaries approached him on bicycles.

"They were friendly, happy and treated me as though we were family," Chen said. "The darkness in my life began to lift."

When the missionaries invited a member of their local congregation to help teach Chen about the gospel, a truly miraculous reunion began.

Read the full story at DeseretNews.com.