This week we had our first zone conference which was really good! The overarching theme was The Atonement and how we can help ourselves and our investigators understand what it is. I am truly so grateful that I have a Savior that was willing to sacrifice his life and go through excruciating amounts of pain so that we could all have the opportunity to be something so much greater than we could ever be on our own. It was a good reminder to make sure that I’m focusing on helping my investigators truly understand as opposed to just teaching it. They also fed us curry and gave us mangoes, so I’m not sure what else I could ask for in life 🙂
This week we also had a new investigator from a self-referral, which like never happens!! It was a different experience because in our lesson with her, we realized that she had absolutely no religious background and didn’t know anything about God or Jesus Christ. Like nothing. Usually people have at least seen pictures or heard a little bit, but with her, we will have to start from the very beginning! It’s kind of nerve-wracking to think about, but hopefully we can help her find the peace and knowledge that she has been missing in her life.
There is a big church building in Wan Chi where missionaries will go do “Welcome Center” every now and again, which is basically where you stand outside the building and try to get people to talk to you so you can give them a tour. Yes, it is kind of awkward, and we had a few strange encounters, but it was overall a good experience! We didn’t give any tours, be we talked to some people and got a couple of numbers, so hopefully something happens. And did I forget to mention that it was absolutely POURING rain while we were outside?! I’m sure most of the reason why people stopped is because they had pity on us as we stood outside under our umbrellas. But hey, if they stop and talk to you that’s all you can ask for!
We also went to Outback Steakhouse last P-day which was pretty nice. I’m not sure a hamburger has ever tasted that good before!
Exchanges with the sister training leaders were this week and it was really fun! While I was with her for the day, we taught a lesson with a member and afterwards asked her some of our language questions that we had. In Hong Kong you have to have an ID card with your Chinese name on it and apparently when I got mine they mixed up my characters! It still sounds the same but has a slightly different meaning now! So apparently my name officially means “frost/blizzard” and “forest”! Haha, I’m not really sure what to make of it!
I read a conference talk this week about how important it is to remember how absolutely amazing this gospel is! Too often we let this knowledge that we have go unnoticed and unappreciated. Don’t let something lose value to you just because you have access to it everyday. Look around and see all of the things that you have to be grateful for but don’t usually take the time to stop and appreciate each day! I promise as you do this you will realize that you have so much more to be grateful for!
Have a great week!