(Minghui.org) As the new year drew near, Falun Dafa practitioners in Los Angeles gathered at Santa Monica Beach on December 26 to wish Master Li Hongzhi (the founder of Falun Dafa) a Happy New Year.

Falun Dafa practitioners from Los Angeles came together at Santa Monica Beach on December 26, 2018 to wish Master Li Hongzhi a Happy New Year

From different backgrounds and all walks of life, they came for the same reason: to express their gratitude to the founder of Falun Dafa. They talked about the positive changes they've experienced.

Realtor: Staying Positive

Nhat Hoang from Huntington Beach is a real estate agent. He began to practice Falun Dafa in 2014. He said, “My perspective has changed. I have gained a healthy body through the practice. I also require of myself to follow the principles of Dafa, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I stay positive all the time.”

Realtor Nhat Hoang says practicing Falun Dafa has helped him stay positive.

“Falun Dafa Helped Me and My Children”

Ms. Xu and her sons are grateful for the positive effect practicing Dafa has had on their family.

Ms. Xu moved to America from mainland China over four years ago. Her sons are eight and three years old.

“We lived in China until my older son was four years old. He was restless and screamed a lot. It was a big challenge to take him anywhere. His behavior changed after I started reading Zhuan Falun (the main book of Falun Dafa's teachings) with him. He now helps take care of his younger brother. When he sees that I'm busy, he asks me, 'Mom, what do you need help with?' He's now able to remain calm and can even read on his own for an hour. I'm very pleased.”

“The changes in my son and our family's happiness came from Master. I'm very thankful. I would like to wish Master a happy New Year!” said Ms. Xu. Her older son added, “Happy New Year, Master! I like cultivation.”

High School Student Steps Away from Bad Behavior

Tengteng said that the teachings showed him how to be a good person.

Tengteng, 16, is a high school junior. He started practicing Falun Dafa when he was seven. He said that Falun Dafa showed him how to be a good person. “Some of my classmates play video games and curse at others. I think this is indulging in bad behavior. Because I practice Falun Dafa, I know that these things aren't good. My parents don't have to worry about me.”

He added, “I used to have asthma and always needed my inhaler. After I began practicing Falun Dafa, my asthma disappeared.”

New Practitioner: “I Love Falun Dafa!”

Karla Cardoso said that Falun Dafa gave her a new perspective.

Karla Cardoso from Mexico began practicing Falun Dafa two months ago. She said, “I love Falun Dafa! I'm now able to look at everything in my life from a different perspective!”