Monday, November 28, 2016

Week 21.5 Teaching Chan Sang 11/28/2016

hey this week is going to be short sorry :)

we have an investigator, Chan Sang that is set for baptism on the 11th so we will see how that turns out!! Thank you for your prayers!! :)

pictures with people we have met and work with in Hong Kong.

here are 2 insights from this week :)
1. if you do all the good in the world, the good that you will do will do you no good if you have not love
2. if you obey God's laws, you succeed in his realm, if you obey satan's laws you will prosper in satan's realm
3.your world is in your head. get your head right and your heart will follow, and you will be alright

There are also some things, as miracles happen every day in this world I am reminded of the scriptures in 2 nephi 24 which says "But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. " and that all things that seem hard and all things that we struggle with is so God can teach us somethings. and as we prepare for judgement as it says in 2 nephi 9:46 let us "not shrink with awful fear" and we will be alright.
I know that the work I am doing now is the greatest work that man can accomplish, which is to bring happiness to people who are without it, to help them understand that God loves them and that they have a right and a choice to be happy now, if they will listen. It is only by surrendering our will and being humble enough to admit that someone bigger and better then us knows what is best for us. For those that worry about where there heart is, make sure you have your head in the right place first and then it will be added unto you. one of the assets added will be your heart. God can change your heart, do you have faith that he can? I know that This gospel is true, and many of you know to, the question is do you feel it, and are you letting it change your life for the better. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Week 20.5 Success outweighs the Disappointments 11/22/2016

Hello everyone from the other side of the world!!!! This week has been pretty good!!
I really like the hymn praise to the Lord the Almighty (72) it says "surely his goodness and mercy shall ever attend thee. Ponder anew. What the Almighty can do, Who with his love doth befriend thee." 

This is where the first insight from this week comes in. We are not special in the sense that the atonement doesn't apply to us. We are not special in the sense that we have committed so much sin that we cannot be forgiven. We are special in the sense that the atonement was done FOR US and for the benefit of us. it is so that when we have eternal bodies that we can have eternal happiness with it, because no one wants to live in the eternities forever without being happy! However this path will not be easy. Life is not going to be easy and that is the second Insight comes in

as missionaries we are rejected time and time again because people think that they are better off without god, and that they can find a way that brings more happiness then the way the god has prescribed. Elder McGrath said to me one day that the disappointments OUTNUMBER the successes, but the successes OUTWEIGHS the disappointments.

D&C 11:10
Behold, thou hast a gift, or thou shalt have a gift if thou wilt desire of me in faith, with an honest heart, believing in the power of Jesus Christ, or in my power which speaketh unto thee;
We all have gifts given from god to go help his children, we must do all we can to serve them then will ""all these things shall be added unto you" (3 Nephi 13:33)

1 Nephi 20:10
"For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." May we let the Lord Refine us and mold us into the servants he wants us to be, In the name of Jesus Christ Amen

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 19.5 New Apartment, Personal Revelation, & Insights 11/14/2016

Hey everyone!!!! How is life going for everyone? :) we move apartments this week… 

and [elders in] my apartment had all their birthdays in November so that was fun haha :)

I have been dwelling on the fact of personal revelation. I realized, all the little insights that I get from observation, are the things that God has put into my mind :)
It is through these "small and simple things" that I have gained my testimony. Testimony is not an event it is a process, but even as you are reading this you are not expecting this to be a long event. But it is. In the world we live in today, we don't want anything to be long, we want things that are good to come now! and things that are challenging to go now! but we must look into the details of life to truly be happy and have that happiness last.
Here is a thing that I wish I knew in high school when deciding a major, if it's hard do it. if you do it and have a hard life that is ok. Nothing good in life comes from things that are easy, that is the great lie of Satan is that you don't need to work to get what you want, but you do.

we look for the spirit to be a huge event, but it is a process and it is continual
We must read the Book of Mormon all the way through and earn our way to 3rd nephi (Christ) because it will mean so much more
Thank God for our failures -Ronald Yeun
God has hope for us to change because we are still on this earth, so we have a chance to repent. Time is a blessing of God. If you haven't died it is so you can repent -Bro Fan
You and God write your story together
no effort is wasted, no effort spent on you is wasted, take all time as a learning opportunity
Every moment in this life has been to prepare you for the next so learn from it
everyone has a different capacity and varying levels of everything. The important thing is to use it so you can increase it
Chopsticks one moves more then the other. Don't complain about people that don't move as much, if they weren't there it would be very bad for you work
This gospel is to change our hearts
if the people you teach feel something, then you are doing your job because they are learning
be grateful for challenges because they are consecrated challenges from the lord to help us grow
We pay a high price to serve him but he paid an even higher price to serve him so it is a blessing to pay the price we are paying now
When you have perfect love for someone, you don't expect anything back
We are happy if we fulfill the ends of our creation
you are wondering why you go out to work and see no success, the lord will bless you and do it in his own way that may not come from where you efforts are put but as long as you try it will work
serving people is to help them be happy
the more knowledge you have, the quicker you learn because you have more things in your brain to connect that new idea to
what’s the point of having eternal perfect bodies when we don't have eternal and perfect and lasting happiness with the people we care, that is why we must strive for eternal life
do you try to solve problems so they don't bother you anymore or out of love for that person
if you try every day and experience a change of heart, then you have a greater chance of making it back
Satan's whole goal is to keep us from the atonement
if you compare don't. Maybe god trusts you to have more faith and to not have to have signs to confirm that you are going in the right way. Maybe that is a gift of yours, so dong compare

I want to take a poll of who actually reads this, for future reference, if you do just say hi :) its easy and I put this at the end for a reason haha :) Tell me what from above is your favorite

I challenge you all to right down the little impressions that God gives you as a tender but heavenly gift by doing so, you will see his influence in your life, in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 18.5 New District Leader & Goal to Double Baptisms 11/7/2016

我知道神是我的天父 (I know God is my Father in Heaven)

This week was transfers!!!!! and I am staying!!! so that is great

so [last Thursday] they called me as district leader even though I am still being trained. Elder McGrath is still my trainer but he is now zone leader :)
our district is all district leadership so the other companionship of elders also has a zone leader in it

I totally forgot to talk about mission conference from like 3 weeks ago. My bad. IT was absolutely great!! The greatest lesson I learned from that is to teach people not lessons. He talks about how David when going to slay Goliath, he prepared 5 stones. He only used one of them. He talked about how David later uses Goliath's sword to finish it. He then talked about how we must prepare as much as we can so that we can hit it the first time, and use the right stone. He also talked about after we do that, we will be able to find people's sword. We must find it, so we must discern what their concern is and teach them the gospel according to their need, by doing so they will be 開心 (happy). 

This week has brought many suprises and I caught myself thinking 你有沒信心 (do you have faith) in the scriptures and I do! Elder Wong gave our mission a goal which is to double the total number of baptisms by the end of the year...  Moroni 7:37 I probably have already shared this one, but part of it says "Nay; for it is by faith that miracles are wrought" getting as many baptisms in 1 and a half month to baptise as we have in 11 months is a miracle!! !! I will be honest... there is a lot of doubt that I must dispel. But I have God's promise from the scriptures that Through faith miracles are brought to pass. In Moroni 10:20 on another day and it says "Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity." I have to have charity towards the people I work with to have faith. I know that since President wong revealed it that it is God's will for the China Hong Kong mission to double the number of convert baptisms it has in the weeks to come. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and more importantly, it applies to me. I was reading in 1 nephi 3 and it talks about how laman and lemuel did it, but didnt have faith that it would work. That is why they became discourage after the first rejection. We must be stronger and make it to how ever many number of rejection the lord puts in front of us to make us strong. 神好愛我們 (God really loves us) we just need to show our love back by having faith and doing.

Why is faith a principal of action? in Alma 32 it says that faith is a things that are hoped for and true but not seen. Likewise, I don't see 14 baptisms in our zone yet, but I know it will be accomplished, and I want to be part of the great work that God has asked me to be a part of. but since it is a servant of the lord saying we will accomplish it. it is true (D&C 1) I know that God is merciful, and lets us witness and be a part of miracles, This I testify in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Week 17.5 Powerful Scriptures from the Book of Mormon 10/31/2016

Hello everyone!!! this week has been great especially as I have gotten closer to finishing the Book of Mormon!! My favorite studies from this week was Ether 4 and 12. They are both fantastic.

The first scripture of this week is Mormon 3:12 it says "...I had led them many times to battle, and had loved them, according to the love of God which was in me, with all my heart; and my soul had been poured out in prayer unto my God all the day long for them;..." 
I liked this scripture because it says that we can love people if we pray for them and that was an exciting discovery.

The second exciting one this week was Mormon 8:12 it says "And whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these. Behold, I am Moroni; and were it possible, I would make all things known unto you.
I love it because this scripture is so true!! If we read and ponder the Book of Mormon, and don't look for faults, we will receive more knowledge then is in the book because it is a book of God.

The third scripture is Ether 4:12 "And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good; he that will not believemy words will not believe me—that I am; and he that will not believe me will not believe the Father who sent me. For behold, I am the Father, I am the light, and the life, and the truth of the world."
I like it because it talks about if you don't listen to the scriptures or believe them, then you don't truly understand and believe in Christ, or God.

Ether 9:20 "And thus the Lord did pour out his blessings upon this land, which was choice above all other lands; and he commanded that whoso should possess the land should possess it unto the Lord, or they should be destroyedwhen they were ripened in iniquity; for upon such, saith the Lord: I will pour out the fulness of my wrath."
The promise land is a land of blessings, if we follow god's commandments!!! if not, the nation shall be destroyed off of it, just like the jaradites, the mule kites, and the Nephites. It has been proven again and again that we must follow the commandment of the Lord to prosper.

Ether 6:12 "And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith."
I have seen how true that is throughout my mission. I like in d&c 1 it says "And inasmuch as they were humble they might be made strong, and blessed from on high, and receive knowledge from time to time." 
I like how it is not a continuous flow, but a blessing of the trial of our faith that we get knowledge of god.

Ether 12:14 "Behold, it was the faith of Nephi and Lehi that wrought the change upon the Lamanites, that they were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost." We can have faith that we can be able to convert people. We have to trust that god is preparing them. This scripture has been a great comfort to me.

Finally Ether 12:37 "And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father.
I like how it says even if we see our weaknesses we can be made stronger. The gospel is so simple compared to what we get out of it.

We would not be able to make those huge changes without God. All God asks of us is to do the simple things that are shown in his gospel. I know that nothing compares to this gospel. It has brought me great joy and happiness, and I know it will continue to give me those things if I keep listening and doing. I know that Christ did die for me and that someone would have enough love for me to suffer so I can become clean again. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

group of missionaries