Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 62.5 Suki & Christine confirmed 9/18/2017

Office Elder
We had zone conference all week and as the office staff, we dealt with all the requests that came in this week haha :) it was fun. We also did some maintenance on the car
Sham Shui Po missionary
Suki and Christine were confirmed and it was good! they went back to shenzhen right after church.

There was also the primary talent show. It was good!

The day full of miracles
One day we went to pick up the car from the shop, and elder Chou saw one of his relatives. It was like "coincidence I think not!" It was super good, then afterward we went back to the temple and these two people walked in and was like "hey we are here to pick up your car." The original plan was to have them pick it up the next day, so luckily we were there.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 61.5 Suki & Christine Hoon's Baptism! 9/10/2017

This week

Mon- We went to dim sam because elder Lau was leaving, Elder Chou [my new companion] moved into the temple

Tues- There was MLC [Mission Leader Conference] and Elder Chou and I officially became companions

Wed- Food Angel Service, Helped with a Baptism [Sarah's parents from mainland], Taught Hoon Family

Thurs- We dropped things off at ssp [Shum Shui Po], and district meeting. Dinner with Luk family

Fri- Nothing too much

Sat- We went to a concert with Christine, Crystal, and Jannet (Hoon family)

Sun- Suki and Christine (Mom and daughter of Hoon family) got baptized! afterwards we went to kowloon bay to record some stuff for some people on the piano

Spiritual Experience: There were two outstanding experiences this week. 
One was the baptismal service from Wednesday and the one from Sunday. Wednesday was special because Sarah's parents came down from China and got baptized. She was super happy that her family could be baptized and be of the same faith. It was really special because it really highlighted what we do as missionaries and it helped me understand more than ever that what I am doing is worth it. 
The second one was Suki and Christine got baptized! I have only taught them like 3 times but it was super good. Suki was really happy that She was able to be baptized and so was Christine. Jannet and Crystal said they will wait a little and find out more [They are Christine's younger sisters that we are also teaching, they also have 2 younger siblings under age 8 named Michael and Hei hei]. afterward we had some food and it was super good because the ward was able to go and talk to them and start a good relationship.

Photo on left: Hoon family with Elder Chou & Elder Chou
Photo on right: sister missionaries, Hoon family, Elder Chou & Elder Chou, Elder Lau & his companion, Pres. & Sis. Lam (mission pres. & wife)

Funny Experience: The fire alarm in the temple went off at 4:30 on like thursday so we all evacuated. Turned out a water pipe exploded or something, well we went strait back to bed.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week 60.5 Teach Hoon Family & 2 Elder Chous 9/5/2017

Mon- Preparation Day

Tues-Picked up name tags and had district meeting

Wed-We taught hoon family They are super awesome!

Thurs-Office Stuff

Fri-Picked up my license, and visited sister Lee, Staff meeting

Sat-Moved someone's appartment, and visited hoon family again

The office is fun! there is a list of all the things that we did this week.
craziest things is the hoon family are getting ready to get baptized and they are so awesome!!

Elder Lau is getting transferred :( he is going back to mandarin work and I have a new companion who's name is Elder wait for it, Chou!!!! There is going to be a Chou squared! or double Chou power!!! awesomeness haha :) Crazy how many things you find out in the office. We had interviews with president Lam 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 59.5 Typhoon & Mission Office Stuff 8/28/2017

Mon: We went bowling!

Tues: district meeting and office work

Wed: We were going to have interviews with president Lam but they Typhoon 10 and we had to come to the office in case the scheduled mainlanders came. We and the assistants are the weirdest people when there is only us 4 in the office

Thurs: food angel service! helped pack food boxes in Shum Shui Po and then went to pick up flyers for all our missionaries

Fri: elder love and I first went to a funeral and we performed "I need thee every hour." We then went to the Island to apply for my license. helped with mainlanders. it was good. running out of simplified Book of Mormons.

Saturday: one lady from Beijing decided to get baptized because she didn't want to on Friday. it was good because she made the decision
Sun:another typhoon! so church got canceled and we cleaned the apartment.

Today: it is flooding by the temple up here in Kowloon Tong, don't worry we are safe but see the video

So this week was absolutely crazy (I guess that is the life of an office elder) We do a lot of the logistical things. I order stuff, help missionaries with everything that they cannot do themselves when they need a computer and yea! it is fun. Its kinda weird. I do miss the field, but hey I will live.
Well this week has been very interesting. I feel like I am doing less and less missionary work, at least the field work. I am just sitting here trying to make everyone happy. I think this is the busiest I have ever bee n in my life. It is kind of weird. Elder Lau and I have a really good relationship, but we also don't talk that much. He kinda sits  there and does his housing thing, I kinda do my online things and yea.


D&C 50:24 that which is of God is light; and he that recieveth light, and continueth in God, recieveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

week 58.5 Online Office Referral Elder - Seeing Many Miracles 8/22/2017

Miracles: sometimes it is easy to feel like there are no miracles, but as an office elder and as referral manager I get to see many many miracles. I get to see many people from mainland get baptized and people who are actually interested in the gospel contact us. (thats a big one) I can see that God is preparing his children which I always believed but have never seen. It is the coolest experience I have ever had, just being able to facilitate to all the missionaries so that they can have an easier time helping people come unto Christ. I don’t teach that many people now, we have one family which is huge in Hong Kong, but I know that I am "you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation"(D&C 6:8) because I desired it. It was not what I was expecting, but I definitely know that God has a plan for me.

You do much more good than you think. especially for my missionary friends, there will be times (and I am still learning) that you will be depressed, and discouraged. The test is to see if you can pass through that trial of faith to receive that witness (Ether 12:6)

Living in the temple is absolutely fantastic and there is 24/7 AC which in Hong Kong is very good, I love it. and our apartment is one of the biggest. It is the old mission office

Mon: we went and met the Au family. They are super awesome! and we got to meet the Hoon family which is our investigator at the moment. They are super good.

Tues: We had district meeting, and We picked up new missionaries. It was weird to be back in the airport, but it was weirder to talk to elder Hansen, and Cornielles (sorry I can’t spell) about it because they went back on Friday

Wed: helped with new missionary orientation and taught Hoon family

Thurs: Transfers :( traveled to the island because some people forgot their passport to Macau

Fri: woke up early to help with departing missionaries and was elder Mcgraths companion for 30 min! (he is my trainer) while elder Lau went to the airport to help out. First day since Tuesday I got to do personal study

Sat: Felt like a missionary and elder Lau did numbers yeah

Sun: Went to Church, and got a full block of studies in!! (first time this week)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 57.5 Finished BOM & Moving to be New Online Office Elder 8/14/2017

so this week has been very interesting. first we did finding and taught but that is not what was crazy this week.

1st we had zone conference and that was fun! we learned about being committed to our goal of having a total of 242 baptisms by the end of the year.

2nd president lam pulled me aside and asked me to be the new online elder [at the mission office/home, housed in the China Hong Kong Temple. So I'll get to "sleep in the temple" now].

3rd He told me I was moving on monday

4th he told me he originally moved me this last transfer so I could swap and be mandarin but that is not happening anymore.

5th lots and lots of packing

but the best part of this week was that I was able to finish the Book of Mormon and I learned a lot from that. included in that long list is that 1st God loves us. 2nd the cause and effects of pride, 3rd that people not following commandments really is sad and unbearable as Moroni describes. I know that God loves all of us

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week 56.5 Smallest Apartment in the Mission & Teaching Joe 8/8/2017

So this week has been good, we are in sheung shui/ fanleng and it is just a blast in the smallest apartment in the mission. Living with the mandarin elders are a joy! Elder Smith and Elder Ashton are such a joy and I can improve my mandarin because I have lost a lot of it since I have been learning cantonese. We went finding and let me tell you short places in hong kong do exist haha :)

We have met with a Joe this week and he is our best investigator right now but the thing that concerns me is that he is progressing so fast. He just kinda says yes to everything and we are not quite sure why he wants to be baptized and all those things. He gives us the answers we want and not necessarily the answers that are in his heart, so that is our concern

But it has been fun! we have been filling up our days with things that are the will of the Lord.

I also hit 400 days on a mission haha :) so that was weird

when we have defined ourselves by what we do, there is a tendency to be prideful because we find our value by what we do, but god does not define us by that. there is never happiness in pride but there is always happiness in the love of God