Last week we had been doing some less-active finding off of a big list of names and addresses we have of people who are supposed to live in our area. Hong Kong has a lot of less-active or “lost” members, so sometimes we look for them to see if they even live in the same apartment anymore. Most of the time it’s the wrong address, they’ve moved, or there’s no one home. But there was one door we knocked on and a 30 year old lady opened the door and just let us in, which NEVER happens! It turns out the the less-active we were looking for had moved a few years ago and she happened to be the one who bought the apartment. She had some other friends over and they were having a small get together of sorts. It turns out that she and her fiancée had just broken up so she was having a really hard time. We talked with her for a little bit and shared with her what we do as missionaries. We were able to exchange phone numbers and planned on coming back the next Monday. So this week we visited her and were able to teach her the Restoration and it was so great! After the prayer she was crying and you could feel the Spirit. She didn’t have any religion and had never even heard of Jesus Christ or God, so we had to start from the very beginning, but she was so willing to listen. I know that it truly is through God’s grace and power that we were able to find this prepared daughter of His and share with her the wonderful message of the Gospel!
Nothing too funny or exciting happened this week, but I did get taken out for my birthday to Indian food which was delicious! I could eat curry all day long! And our ward is super awesome!
Sometimes I’m in a lesson or just walking along the streets and I feel such a love for everyone around me! I didn’t know it was possible to love someone that you don’t know, but I’m sure it’s just a little taste of the infinite love that our Heavenly Father has for each and every one of us! I will never get tired of this work so long as there are new people for me to love!
Have a great week and remember to love those around you!
Another AMAZING week!!
This week we found out that there was a little concert taking place in Wan Chai put on by the Mission home for any missionaries that wanted to go with an investigator. We didn’t have anyone that was free, so we decided to take Leung Popo, the 95 year old recent convert! And let me tell you, it was such a fun experience! You could literally just be going to the store to buy some eggs with Leung Popo and she would make it an adventure! She would laugh at everything and constantly be cracking jokes. And also sometimes she would cross the street illegally which is a little scary, but we found out that she can run surprisingly fast! The musical performance was really good and a nice refresher for the week!
Also this week we found a new investigator, actually three of them! There is a family that comes to English class every week and last week a member invited them to go to church and they came! We have taught them a couple times since then and I really hope that they will continue to meet with us. We have been working really hard to find some new people to teach. It is kind of crazy though, because the kids are 9 and really hard to get to focus, but it’s a challenge that we’ll take!
I also found out that I have been mixing up the word for boat and grandchild almost the entire time that I have been here. They are pretty much the same word, but one is high tone and the other is low tone. I have no idea how many times I have accidentally asked someone how many boats they have.
This week we also went out to Korean BBQ with a member which was really fun! Just imagine any and all kinds of meat laid out on a table. And then imagine that at your table you have a little grill where you you can cook all of your own food. And then imagine how much bacon I probably ate. I also ate some salted turkey kidney which was actually surprisingly good once you got over how crunchy it was!
Another funny story: this week we were on the tram going finding and this old man sat down next to me. I tried to talk to him and ask how he was, but all he did was look at me sternly, pull a portable radio out of his short pocket, turn on some Chinese music, put it back in his pocket, stare at me for another second, and then turn away. Haha sometimes people just don’t want to talk to you!
Because it is father’s day, I want to say how incredibly lucky I am to have had such a great father and example in my life! There are too many times that we don’t thank the people that have done the most for us as often as we ought to. I am also so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who loves us perfectly. He doesn’t love us because we’re perfect, but He does love us perfectly. Say a prayer tonight and just thank Him for all of the many blessings that He has given you! It will make you feel so much better!
Have a superb week!
Sister Leah Crockett
18 Dorset Crescent
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Some sisters at a dumpling making activity
Gok wai hingdaaih ji muih, jousahn!
We didn’t really do anything too crazy this last week. For P-day we just kind of walked around Hong Kong and went to some shops. But we did go to the bakery of all bakeries and it was like a dream come true. They had every kind of bread that you could ever possibly want and what’s more, they even had samples! I’ll probably be going back a few more times…. a week…
Zone training was this week which is always a great experience. For one of the trainings we talked about how important it is that you give off a positive attitude. A lot of the times people may not remember your name or what you said, but they will remember the way that you made them feel. It’s important to make sure that they recognize the importance of what you’re saying, even if they don’t understand all of what you’re saying (which is especially true for my Chinese!)
We were teaching a lesson with an investigator this week about baptism and how it’s the gate to God’s path. I was talking about how important it is that we walk God’s path to enter His kingdom. I had just been learning the words for path and pineapple in my language study, and as it just so happens they sound similar enough to confuse. So I ended up saying “walk God’s pineapple” instead of path. At least I don’t think that she’ll forget that lesson any time soon!
This week was a little on the harder side. We got stood up or canceled on more times than I would care to remember and our spirits were a little down. But you just always have to remember that this is the Lord’s work and His timing. You can’t always understand the reason why things happen the way they do, and sometimes maybe it’s better that you don’t at least for now. But if I am truly being an instrument in God’s hands, then things will happen exactly the way they need to! Things are what you make them! Through every experience there is always a lesson to be learned, but whether or not you learn it is entirely up to you and only you. I am so grateful for this opportunity that I have to learn these lessons and experience so much growth!
“To share truth in difficult times is to treasure it more. When you push against the boundaries of experience into the twilight of the unknown, the Lord will strengthen you. The beauty of your eternal soul will begin to unfold.”
As always, make this the best week ever!
Once again, hello everyone!!!
This week seemed to go by so fast! As I’m sitting here trying to remember everything that happened, it feels like there was too much and too little that happened to write about!
On P-day, we went to this science museum which was really fun! It turns out that it was actually aimed for a younger age group than we were expecting, but there was still plenty of stuff to keep us entertained, that’s for sure! There were all sorts of games and activities throughout the museum as well as little exhibits. Also, there was a thing that tested your reflexes and you might as well call me lightning from now on. I also found out that I have terrible balance, though, so probably won’t become a surfer when I get back. Probably my favorite part was the hall of mirrors–we spent a pretty good chunk of time there. Who knew mirrors could be so fun!
We met an older man on the tram last week and then rescheduled a time that we could give him a tour of our church building and teach him. He himself doesn’t go to church, but his wife and kids are Christians, so he also calls himself a Christian. Since it was our first lesson with him, we got to know him a little more and then taught him about the restoration. He took every thing that we said surprisingly well and didn’t have any questions or objections (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). Throughout the whole lesson, he would agree with everything we said and would say “Well of course!” We started talking about the Book of Mormon, bore testimony, and gave him a copy of it to read as well as challenged him to go home and read and pray about it to know if it were true. To this he responded, “Of course, I already know it’s true!” I’m not quite sure he understood everything about the Restoration and what makes our church different, but at least he’s willing to read the Book of Mormon! We turned him over to the Elders in our ward this week, so they’ll have a fun time teaching him!
While we went finding this week, we tried a new strategy of asking people different questions such as asking where places are and then trying to talk about the gospel with them. It wasn’t super successful, but we got more people to talk to us than we have before! We stopped one lady and asked her where the entrance to the subway was and she gave us a really long explanation of how to get there and then just decided to walk with us there. The entrance is right across from our apartment building so of course we already knew where it was, the point was just to have an opportunity to talk with her. She walked us almost all the way there, pointed out where it was, and then walked home right into the same apartment building we live in! It will be kind of awkward if we ever see her again in our building because you can literally see the station from our window!
Every month or so, McDonald’s has a new “specialty” burger and a few other items that they’ll cycle through. The burger this month is a chicken patty with egg, corn, cheese, and some other random stuff that I’m not 100% sure about, all on top of a fried rice bun. Naturally, I had to get it. Naturally, it wasn’t nearly as good as I would have liked, but it also wasn’t that bad! And really, I just did it for the experience 😉 Speaking of strange-ish food, I drank some really weird soy milk this week. I actually really love soy bean milk and have been trying new flavors of it every time I see it. The other day we saw a red bean one which just LOOKED too good to pass up. Also, it was the only time I’d ever seen it and there was only one left, so I wasn’t about to pass this one up! But it turns out that it was literally the grossest thing that I have ever consumed. So let this be a lesson, don’t judge a soy milk drink by its packaging!
We taught a lesson yesterday about preparing yourself, starting right now. If you had three days to prepare to see God, what would you do? Is there anything in your life that you would need to fix? A quote that I really like says something along the lines of “Once the time comes to make a decision, the time for preparation is over.” So don’t procrastinate! Start today improving your life and changing what you need to. I invite you all to find one thing, just one, that you need to improve on and do it every single day this week. It could be serving more, or reading the scriptures more regularly. It’s whatever you personally need to improve. I promise if you do this, you will feel an increase in guidance and clarity. And once you improve that thing, you can move onto another one!
Have a simply amazing week!!!