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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 55.5 Transfer Call, Moving to Sheung Shui & Fan Ling 7/24/2017

Well I am moving again to Sheung Shui and Fan Ling. with Elder Havell. this 3 week transfer will be weird. I am going to have to grow more.

ok first this week then transfers
First this week was pretty weird. Our schedule was thrown off because of the temple, and the typhoon
I was happy for the changes for the music rule which was nice. 
We did a lot of finding and Elder Beeson and I are doing well. We taught 1 person this week but we did the surveys for English class and there is a family that we found that has interest! :) so I hope that elder Beeson and elder Knight can capitalize on that.

Well transfers was interesting. I am moving again, I always wonder why and if I have fulfilled my purpose.

One phrase I learned from my last mission really sticks out to me. it says "we are one with the Savior in doing the will of the Father." I think about how I don't know exactly what [is] his will is, but I know the outline, to preach repentance and baptize converts.

I guess only God can tell me what his specific will is for me.

time to hit this 5th area!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

week 54.5 Exchanges, Finding, & Teaching English 7/17/2017

sorry I am so bad at taking pictures!! but yea so this week I went on exchanges with Elder Chan on Wed. I think. We had a full day of finding but the Lord through his Grace helped us fill it up. We called through some potentials and one said he could meet! so that was exciting. He is very catholic so we will see but we were able to meet with him. 

We then were fed by the yeung family. they were fun and it was good to get to know them. 

Nothing else really happened. 
yep see ya next week! I love you all! 

Also Elder Beeson and I are doing well, just finding and teaching English to billions of little kids haha :)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

week 53.5 Language & Spirituality 7/12/2017

this week has been an interesting one. first what happened second feelings.

Tai wo ward started up like 2 English classes and the stake added another one so we are up to like 6 English classes now. so yay!!! 

we went finding and We had Mrs. Leung even though we forgot to call her last week. 

Sister Lam got after people in interview for their language ability, but luckily I passed! I would not be surprised if she just tells everyone that is under 7 months to not even touch characters haha. 

They set the goal of having 150 more baptisms at the end of the year. we have had 92 so far so that should be interesting, but we will need a lot of miracles 
in Doctrine and Covenants 121 it teaches us that when we satisfy our pride, we loose the priesthood, the power of god on earth. We need that power to be connected to God and to have miracles in our area, our mission and our lives. we need an increase of that power in our mission if we are to hit the mission goal by the end of this year. 

So language, spirituality will be the two things I work on for now!! Good Luck!!!!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Week 52.5 A Year into My Mission 7/5/2017

This week we have taught Derek and Ching hd. We hope that they will be able to come to church soon. They only cannot come because of work conflicts.

We have been finding a lot. This is week 2 that we have not had a ward mission leader.
Elder Beeson are having fun haha

we went finding a lot. we have one investigator haha. I am feeling good. It is hard but it is good.  We hope to have good things soon. 

Dispite seeing miracles every day, it is still super hard, it is comforting to know that God is there for me, he loves me, and he will always be there for me. Friends leave on missions, family stay at home but "the Lord will [always] be on my left and my right"

As I sit here and ponder my mission, and this week but my mission because it has been a year I think... "What have I done." I have not seen much success, I have not baptized that much, all these different things, but I have worked my butt off. the words finding and summer should not exist in the same sentence but they do in my life right now haha.
I also got Share "tea" for my hump day. no worries it was a strawberry milkshake haha :)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Week 51.5 My Year Mark - the Book of Mormon will change your life! 6/25/2017

so this week will be short we basically did a lot of finding and had one really really big miracle, but first off we had zone conference and that came with a commitment.

The commitment was to read the Book of Mormon in 3 months and highlight everything that mentions Christ. I have been reading the Book of Mormon like that and I have learned a lot! I have realized that when Laman and Lemuel are complaining, it talks nothing about Christ, but Nephi when correcting them mentions Christ a lot. I just thought that was interesting. I thought about how when I am complaining I am not following my covenant of "remembering him always" and I know that when we are not connected to Christ we don't see the good of the things that are in our lives.

I think about how we as missionaries always say "the Book of Mormon will change your life", but I am starting to actually find a very deep testimony of that truth. Thank you President Lam for that commitment! 

also if you read last email the lady that we found in the rain last time came to English class! it was a really big miracle that we happily accepted from the Lord. She came with her 2 kids and her husband! it was really cool that we had that miracle that even if it is in the rain people are willing to stop and listen.

I am also at my year mark this week so that is kinda weird. I still feel super young haha :)


your testimony is a process with many landmarks in it. a process is a lot easier to remember because it is a lot longer than 1 single event. That is how we stay in the gospel. it is not having an angle appear to us but it is doing the little things that will help us be able to get that testimony

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Week 50.5 Finding in the Rain 6/23/2017

So these last few days have been really good with Elder Beeson! I am learning a lot. It is really good that he wants to work hard.

Most exciting thing we did this week. WE WENT FINDING IN THE RAIN!!!! if you want to know something about HK people and rain is THEY ABSOLUTELY HATE IT. so usually lessons cancel when it is raining. We planned for it in the day and was hoping it would stop raining. It did not. We were nonetheless disappointed but we thought "well God helped us plan today, so lets go out" we did and we talked to a lot of people and there was this lady we me and she has English class interest for her kids! the conversation went like this
sat the 17th of June time 2:35
"hey how are you?"
"hi" she walks past
"actually can we give you a flyer?"
she stops "yea sure"
"so are you going home right now?"
"no we (she and 2 kids) are actually going to a piano lesson"
"oh ok, we don't want to take too much of your time but we just wanted to invite you to our FREE kids english class."
"oh when is it"
"oh it is today"
"oh sorry that doesn't work because we have piano lessons"
"actually it is already done. it starts at 12:30"
"that actually works!"
"could we exchange phone numbers and we can call you back on friday to remind you?"
"yea sure"
missionary frantically tries to juggle pulling out his planner and pencil while holding an umbrella and flyers. mission companion steps in and helps hold his umbrella for companionship unity purposes.

It was such a big miracle for me, knowing that there are people who are actually nice haha :) and have genuine interest. my shoes were soaked after that finding though haha :)

Sunday was also very good! we got to meet a lot of members and they are all either bro/sis leung or lau, with a few that is not haha :)

So until next week! God be with you!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Week 50.5 Blessed by the Faith of My Parents 6/20/2017

it is good! 太和 or Tai Wo is fun! there is more people than HSK which I like.
Elder Quentin Cook said that because we face so much hardship in Hong Kong, he gave us a blessing that the things we do now will bless us and our families for a lot longer than 2 years. I know I am getting blessed.
I have been studying Alma 13-17 [in the Book of Mormon] and I think it has a lot of application to my mission specifically (and probably to others as well) because the Lord promises us as missionaries success, but it comes at the cost of a lot of suffering and hardship as described in the scriptures so it was interesting how …God has blessed us.

Elder Beeson also really likes to work hard so it is good to have a companion that is not just comfortable with where we are right now but want to improve :) he is from Arizona 
and yes we have taught a lesson since last email so that is good.

Pres. Jeung wui jeung is the stake president and it was funny because he was talking and he was like "I know Elder chou's parents, and they are a righteous example of what a family unit should be like" or something along those lines, so I guess I got a good introduction to the ward :) 

I am very glad that [my parents] are faithful in the gospel, and have influenced so many people's lives in Hong Kong making it easier for me, a lot easier for me to work with members :)

Elders Chou and Beeson with President Jeung's family

I think back to my patriarchal blessing where is says something like "you will be able to work with leaders in your mission, elders your mission president calls as leaders in your mission and ..." I can’t remember the rest, but I was always confused until I realized that leaders in your mission could be local leaders, and I do have to say a lot of that is because [my parents] did what [they] were supposed to when [they] were in Hong Kong.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 49.5 Transfer: Senior Companion in Tai Wo 6/12/2017

Ok I could tell you about this week but my thoughts are a lot more centered on what is happening on Thursday. I am being transferred to Tolo Harbor, Tai Wo ward. I will be with Elder Beeson. I have never really met him :| but it should be fun!

I do have to say [that] part of the streak was broken but some of it was still not. We had a really good ward council, we started to have pretty good relationships with the ward, and I have been here for 2 transfers. I heard that people stay in tai wo for a long time so that may beat my streak, but also people stay in tko for a long time and hsk so... I don't know haha :) . I know that my task in hsk is almost done for the time being,

I think it is interesting. last time I got transferred I said that it feels like whenever I leave, afterwards there is a lot more success. I have been thinking about that a lot, and I thought about how last night, I prayed that the lord would help hsk. not for my sake but because I thought Elder Chin deserves it. I realized that the Lord has been answering my prayers all along. when I really say something heartfelt and when I really mean it, it happens. It was just a great thing for me to notice. from little things to big things. sometimes I complain and I feel like god sometimes says to me "well is this not what you wanted?"

I am so happy that I could notice that, and that he does answer my prayers.

This week we started to really ask referrals from everyone and we have this bring your friend to church thing and all these things. It was great. It was hard, but nonetheless, it was great.

we also were invited by yoshi from ma on shan to lunch las preparation day. It was really good.

"faith is a catalyst" meaning that it needs to have something before it can do its job, and that something is the works and actions we do.

Monday, June 5, 2017

week 48.5 Teaching & Prayers 6/5/2017

This week has kind of been uneventful... just kidding we had some good things happen. 
Tin Sau had a baptism, and they were doing a musical number? but they were not really that prepared so I just helped them wing it. It was good... to see someone get baptized. Music!

I also went on exchanges with Elder Brandse. It was good because we taught two lessons, which I have not taught two lessons in a day in a long time, but I realized that I can be having "success" but I was not really giving it my all that day. I felt kind of bad because my heart was not all in. So I had it reaffirmed to me that I am changing, and it is not what I did that makes me feel happy at the end of the day but it is if I did all I could.

We might start teaching Karmen now that she is on break, she might have a little more interest, but she just like English class and sports, but she is really nice to us and lets us share a message sometimes.

I just had an experience that really built my testimony of prayer this week. I prayed and I wont say what, but I prayed that something would happen that usually does not. Guess what! It happened!! and I just had the thought "I can do this all day, and I will if you sincerely ask and are specific." I immediately thanked my 
Father above for the blessings that I have received that day. It is so important to thank God and acknowledge Him because he is the father of all miracles. In the name of Jesus Christ amen.

"through that small sacrifice, my heart softened and I found peace in seeking heavenly father's will." (M Joseph Brough) Taht is why "sacrifice brings for the blessings of heaven" (hymn 27) because our hearts are softened and we can receive those blessings

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

Saturday, June 3, 2017

week 47.5 Visit by Elder Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve 5/30/2017

We had Elder Cook [from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles] come for Monday!! (as stated in my previous email) and it was great! We had a very spiritual meeting and I learned a lot about missionary work.

We had 2 big miracles this week. 
1. First we had 7 people show up to English class, and second we taught a lesson. This is a very big miracle for me personally because usually the class we teach in English class only have 2 people that show up 
2. and we taught a lesson was also a great miracle because we have not taught a lesson for at least 2 weeks. 
I know that amidst all of the things that I think go wrong, God still loves me, and some of those things that "go wrong" is actually God preparing something to go right

I think the lesson I have learned the most is when you have done your best, it is far from perfect. you may have reached your mental, physical, and emotional capacity, but it will not be perfect, because there is a capacity.  

[what] I learned from Elder Cook was that I am doing my best for the Lord. Hopefully this capacity is not my capacity forever and hopefully my capacity will increase, but I felt like I was doing my best, even if it may have felt unfruitful,I know that God saw it and was happy with it. I also realized that what I do will never really bring fruit. I think back to what Elder Bednar said back in the mission broadcast and he said "success is given" I think That that is definitely true and that if I am doing all i can, there may not be things I can see now, but things will happen, and God was happy that I am trying. I just need to have faith that these things that I am doing, are God's will. 

May we all have the courage to be faithful to God. may we live life to its fullest by living his commandments, and may we receive, with gladness, all the things that god wants us to do. In the name of Jesus Christ amen.

Sorry I don't have my camera, my fault.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

week 46.5 Convert taught by my mother & Work with less active 5/22/2017

I think daily life right now is organization of records and the ward wants us to visit all the less active members in our ward list so that has been mainly what we have been doing. 

I got some brown shoes from 陳會長 (president Chen) the stake president in 新界 (Hsin Tien) so that was nice. I also went on exchanges with elder Smith and it was pretty fun, because he use to be my zone leader when I was a district leader and I guess just having that exchange again (this time he is my distric leader) helped me see how far I have come in the last months.

Below is a picture of a sister and her son in the ward I am serving in. She was a new convert many years ago, who was taught by my mother when she was a young sister missionary in Hong Kong almost 25 years ago. She currently serves in our ward relief society presidency!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Week 45.5 Happy Mother's day 5/15/2017

A wonderful mother's day!

Elder Joseph Chou in Hong Kong gets to go on google hangout for a video call with his family in Utah.
Missionaries get to exchange emails/letters with family every week during their 2 year missionary service. And twice a year, on Christmas and Mother's day, they also get to call their family!

Grateful for modern-day technology!

Hey everyone this will be short sorry but that's ok.

first item of business we were able to skype for mothers day!!! super fun and happy mothers day to you all who deal with us kids.

We taught nobody this week but that is ok! just means that we have to find people before summer comes :) finding is always interesting and definitely a growing experience. 

We also were able to have zone conference!! it was super good and we learned about miracles, and being a preach my gospel missionary. I am grateful for that opportunities of serving. We have seen many miracles, felt many miracles, and heard of many miracles. These things may be small and, as true to the faith says, may be defined as a "quiet miracle" but nonetheless they are from God and are miracles from him from on high. The scripture I have been relying on is Moroni 7:37

it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief , and all is vain. 

all I have to do is to do my part to listen to god when I get promptings and have faith enough to act on it.

So life is not necessarily easy but it is good if we trust God in the name of Jesus Christ amen.


-D&C 60:7 holy when our sins are forgiven. Only Through god can we be holy

-There is freedom within structure
     -some random I am a mormon

-Changing is a miracle because sometimes we want to change, we have a goal, but we dont know how to get there. God can answer all questions, including those to help us know what we must do to change

-You can either be bitter or better through God
     -his grace: unplanned pregnancy

-it is not about how I feel or how others feel when doing the work. It is about what god wants that is the most important

Monday, May 8, 2017

Week 44.5 Anticipating many new arrivals and departures this summer 5/8/2017

This week has been good! I guess I always say that but I really feel like things are changing in hsk. I feel like it is getting better. I cannot say we did much this week that had success, but I definitely learned a lot. 

we did go less active finding though, but we were not able to find them because they were not home :/ 

MJ (a member) also came back from college to work in the summer. it was fun to see him :) YD did not come to church :( but we were able to talk to him, and tin sau had a baptism and I played for it. It was a good week as long as I say that t o myself :)

Sister Malone finish honorably so that is good :)

We are anticipating the arrivals of 70 missionaries (from what I hear but sis. Lam says its probably wrong) and the departure of more than 60 missionaries in the next 2 transfers (I think) there will be 40 missionaries left from before that (is what elder Mcgrath told me.) but I could be totally wrong from all of that.


D&C 68:6
The Lord will stand by you
2Nephi 32:5
the spirit says what we must do, but not always how we will execute it or what the exact desired outcome will be.
D&C 11:12-14
put your trust in the spirit and it will fill you with joy
D&C 39:5-6
These are the peaceable things of the kingdom

we respect people because they sacrifice for us, because we know they love us. This is the case with our earthly and eternal parents.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Week 43.5 Quiet Week 5/2/2017

Quiet Week
not much to report this week.

Elder Chou is working hard in Hung Shui Kiu with Elder Chin.
They had transfer calls this past week, but no changes for them. So they with keep the same companion and continue to labor in Hung Shui Kiu

Note on transfer calls. About every 5-6 weeks, the missionaries get "transfer calls." This call from the mission office is to inform them if they are moving to a new area or changing missionary companions. Although there are some changes throughout the mission, not everyone receives a change necessarily.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Week 42.5 Game Day Activity & Temple Trip 2/25/2017

This week was pretty good! we were able to have a game day activity and it was pretty good because we had some nonmembers came, which was what our ward mission leader was hoping. It was a 3 1/2 hour activity, but little kids are so energized that they can go forever. I feel like we as HSK elders and sisters really put a lot of work into it, and used our faith, and we had miracles. The sisters were able to find a new investigator from the activity. 

As for church it was also pretty good because we were able to have a person we met last week come to church, and he has also been reading the Book of Mormon! :) we are happy that he is a new investigator. He is a rapper and pretty cool. It is an interesting situation. He found the church online and came and wanted to find out more. He is christian and wants to know why we receive so much flack for what we believe. He does kind of have a hard time with prophets but we hope that by reading the Book of Mormon, he can find his answer.

I also loved that we were able to go to the temple this week. I received some much needed revelation that I felt like I needed and afterward we practiced with Elder Love for the lion rock musical fireside. It is really long to go from here to Kowloon because of the time it takes to travel, but it will be worth it!


Also I read in D&C 20:5 and 6 it is talking about why Joseph Smith had a quiet period where he did not receive revelation, and this built my testimony because I realized that a false prophet would not criticize himself. This revelation reveals to us the weakness of Joseph Smith. so that built my testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith

Also Elder Quentin L Cook is coming in a month!!! (I think its him) but an apostle is coming and I am so excited!! its funny because Hong Kong does not have any mission that borders it, we are bordered by china and the sea. so we don't tune into a broadcast but we get to have an apostle come!! i am so very excited :)


we are the branches from the tree of life whose core is Christ. We have all the fruit that grow on us and often times forget to acknowledge Christ who if feeding and nurturing those fruit and we get to feel the success of his work. He is the greatest seed planter.

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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Week 42.5 Chinese Church News 4/24/2017

Elder Chou was part of the missionary Christmas choir featured on the local Church News in Hong Kong.

link to the Chinese local Church News below

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Week 41.5 Easter in Hong Kong 4/16/2017

This week has been fun!!
not too much change but it was good to be in Hung Shui Kiu.
We had exchanges and I was with Elder Brandse, but I didn't take any pictures of the exchange :( 
sorry not too much today but there are insights, no worries :)

Easter was great! we watched the church video a lot! #PrinceOfPeace.


we are extremely ungrateful to our Father and to his Beloved Son when in all humility with "broken hearts and contrite spirits" we are unwilling to keep the commandments
     -joseph fielding smith

gratitude fuels positivity

Monday, April 10, 2017

Week 40.5 General Conference 4/10/2017

hey everyone!! this week has been pretty good because of General Conference and now we can sleep with the a/c on!!! [in Hong Kong, we only get to use the a/c in certain months of the year]

We went English class finding with a few other companionship and it was pretty funny to watch people's reactions.
we also do service at crossroads a charity and it was super fun just being physically active and not boring, and feeling like I am providing for someone's temporal need. I know that it is a truth that people must be satisfied physically before they will yearn for the spiritual. 

ok back to General Conference, it is especially love it when I can find answers to questions that I ask, and questions I didn't even know I had.
My favorite talk (from Conference) is President Russell M. Nelson... and the impression I had was... "don't forget it is not the atonement that changes you, it is Christ that changes you through the atonement." I have realized that I have forgotten Christ in the atonement which makes sense...

new area and zone

quotes I loved from general conference
sacrifice soften's hearts
through his atonement we are no longer satisfied with our sinful lives
we are imperfect people trying to learn a perfect language
this gospel was orchestrated, and organized before the world was organized
God can hear the songs that you cannot sing
we need to treat others more important then ourselves

That is all for this time!!!! :) have a great week!! :)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Week 39.5 Elder Chin in Hung Shui Kiu 4/3/2017

well not that much happened this week. we did a lot of service but nothing really had the result that we were hoping for. We only taught like 2 lessons.

I think though that God knew that I would get discouraged and put Elder Chin as my companion. He is so fun and I love him to death! we are trying to find more time to go finding, not necessarily because we think it will have the greatest outcome but we feel that God will bless us. We also have been working with our ward mission leader to do [or] have a game day. 

I guess the best moment I had from this week was when I was studying about Enos and I just felt really connected to him and his inner struggle. and I just thought about how at some point, we have a deep yearning for truth and light. I don't know yet what I am to learn from Hung Shui Kiu, but I feel like I will know soon.

I have been transposing music for a musical fireside for the lion rock stake conference that Elder love and I will be preforming at as well. it was interesting :)


we feel the spirit when we are "still"

the resurrection is evidence that the atonement was complete
     -President Lam

Satan tells us "when and only when you are perfect can you be forgiven". God tells us "come unto me and be perfected"

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

Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 38.5 Goodbye TKO. Moved to Hung Shui Kiu in the New Territories 3/27/2017

Elder Chou's last week with Elder Love in TKO Ward.

Elder Love and I also went singing finding for the last time but this computer is being stupid and doesn’t let me send pictures today :(
[see last week's pictures below]

Said goodbye to TKO and moved to Hung Shui Kiu (洪水橋), in the New Territories.

well the move was relatively smooth. 新界 (New Territories) is super different from anything else that I have been in HK. It is actually a lot like California. The chapel is also super big, but it is the stake center.
This will be short because nothing really happened. just getting use to the new territories :) and I think I like it better then the busy side of HK.

Yea this week was great!! Elder Chin is my companion (sorry no pictures today :( ) but he is such a nice person!! He loves pokemon so I have kind of been getting into the card game. It is actually really interesting and really fun :) and it is a good game to understand if I do become a game designer (not sure yet) but yea it is super fun living with him elder wilcoxsen and elder alread. I am also in the apartment my trainer Elder McGrath started in. The chapel is super nice and 新界 is super different. It is almost like California actually

if you are not good enough without it, you will never be good enough with it