Julina Jensen Lung

Julina Jensen LungJulina Jensen Lung

A. A., History and Political Science, 1957
Hawaii, USA

At 22, Julina Lung was married, had a child, and lived in Honolulu, but when she heard the Church College of Hawaii was opening in Laie, Lung “had that really good feeling about studying within a church school.” She commuted every day from Honolulu to Laie until she graduated with her A.A. in history and political science in 1957. While attending CCH, she felt impressed to study education, so she returned to school and earned both a Bachelor’s and Masters degree in education from the University of Hawaii.

After receiving her degrees, Lung taught middle school in Kaneohe and Waiahole before “retiring” to stay home with her children. After her children were all in school, she returned to work, this time teaching adults who needed occupational training. Though she retired six years ago, she currently volunteers for a local elementary school coordinating a tutoring program.

Besides working as an educator for many years, Lung has also served the Church in all the auxiliaries, Scouting, seminary, and in the temple; she was the Laie Hawaii Temple Matron for three years while her husband, Glenn, served as the Temple President. While serving in the temple, she was particularly impressed with the BYU-Hawaii students who took time out of their studies to attend the temple.

Throughout her life, Lung has desired to “be of service to somebody or something,” and that is what her life has exemplified, in the service she has performed for her family, her Church, and her community.

I really can see that a lot of the decisions I made, in terms of what jobs I pursued, what activities I became engaged in outside of my work and outside of my family, they all contributed to my growth…I really was being inspired and directed so I could be a better servant to the Lord. What I was learning and what I was doing was helping me to be a better member of the Church. It goes the other way, too: What we do in the Church helps us to be a better servant outside the Church.