As you might be able to tell from the title of this e-mail, I may or may not have picked up a couple of talents in the past week… I’ll explain more later 😉
This week the Lau Family invited us over to dinner at their house again because both of their daughters are home from college for about a week. They live all the way up on The Peak so we had to take a bus as far as it would go and then walk the rest of the way. The only problem is that when it let us off, it was dark and absolutely POURING rain so hard! So we got a taxi to stop and took it the rest of the way to the top. We walked into their house a little disheveled. But they are a super great family. And we even got to share with one of their non-member friends that they had invited a little bit about what we as missionaries do!
I went on exchanges to Pok Fu Lam this week with another missionary and we did some less-active finding in one of their big apartment complex building things in their area, I really don’t know quite how to explain what it was. Most of the time, these people have moved or aren’t home so it can be a little discouraging. We were about to head back to Sai Wan because it was getting late, but we decided to visit one last apartment first. And it was the correct lady and she let us in! A miracle in and of itself! She remembered the church and loved missionaries, even though she hadn’t been in like 12 years! We shared a message and she will let the other sisters come back again next week.
There’s this one less-active we have that is impossible to schedule! But we finally got a hold of her and she let us see her this week which was awesome. We showed up and shared a quick message because we had to go to Welcome Center in Wan Chai afterwards, but before we left, she whipped out some bags of balloons and a pump and started showing us how to make balloon animals! It was so unexpected! We took it with us to Welcome Center and gave them out to all of the little kids that passed by and they loved it so much. It turned out to be a great gift! And so basically now I am an expert at making those little dogs and this is pretty much only the beginning of an amazing future, I can already see it! I will win the hearts of ALL the little kids haha!
Another funny story; the other week the other sisters that we live with had “summer missionaries” for a couple of weeks, which are just 16 and 17 year old girls from Hong Kong who want to see what missionary life is like for a little bit. One of them kept saying that I looked like this cartoon/doll thing, but I wasn’t really that sure what she was talking about because she was speaking in Cantonese. I was like “oh, that’s so sweet that she thinks I look like this doll, I can’t wait to see what she’s talking about!” So she promised me she would send an e-mail to me when she got home and I just got it. And I opened it up and it was a picture of a Smurf! She thinks I look like a little blue creature! I showed my companion and we died laughing for the next 10 minutes!
We had Stake Conference this past Sunday and Saturday and it was really good! It was good to see that my language is improving because I could understand most of what people said in their talks! Granted when I’m talking about random stuff in Chinese I can’t understand as much, but it was a good booster. And there was one person who gave a talk about one of the most precious gifts our Heavenly Father has given us: our time. He basically talked about doing things now, today, and how waiting until tomorrow was already too late. It made me think about the quote that talks about how the best time to plant an oak tree is 50 years ago, but the next best time is right now!
Have a spectacular week and always remember: when life gives you a bag of balloons, make some balloon animals!
1) The subway when it was SUPER crowded the other day
2) some gummies we got, they are SO good. And eggs, so pretty healthy 😉
3) View of West Point from the Lau house
4) Some food and candles people left out after they got done worshipping their ancestors. It’s a part of Chinese culture to show respect to them.
5) Balloons at Welcome Center
6) MORE BALLOONSS!!