This week has been full of lots of crazy twists and turns as well as a few changes! In case you didn’t already figure it out from the title, I got a new companion on Thursday and I’m training!!! She came from a MTC group of 12 elders and she is the only sister, so she hasn’t ever had a real companion before and there will be a lot of trial and error! Her name is Sister Percival and she is actually from Wales and she is so amazing! In the few days that we’ve been together, I have already seen so much progress–it makes me so proud! She is a hard worker and I am so so excited for this opportunity! Let’s just say that we’ll both be doing a lot of learning over these next few months! I’ve already been practicing my British accent and had her laugh at me every time! I may not have a Chinese accent yet, but I’ll at least have a British one by the time that I’m done!
In Hong Kong, there are literally so so many less-active members and the majority of them are “lost”, which means that we don’t have any way to get into contact with them anymore because their contact info has changed and they never informed any one. I always have the thought as I’m walking the streets that all of theses “lost sheep” are probably walking right past me and I don’t even know. Well the other day while we were finding we found one! I sat down next to her on the tram and started talking and asked if she’d been to church before and she said that she had been baptized into the same church as me when she was younger. My jaw dropped a little when I realized that she was one of these lost sheep and I just talked to her for a little. She wasn’t willing to give me her number, but my companion actually ended up talking to her daughter that was just a couple seats away and was able to get her number. What a blessing! She doesn’t live in our area, but we’ll give her number to the missionaries over there and we hope that they’ll be able to help them out!
We were at a park last night doing a little bit of finding and were sitting on a bench for a minute because the person that we had been talking to had just left. I turned to Sister Percival and said, “What do you want to bet that I can get the next person that walks by to sit by me?” I waved at a popo that walked by and she was so happy and I motioned for her to sit next to me and she did haha! Apparently she recognized me because I had talked to her before (though I had no recollection of such) and we talked for a good little while. She thought that what we were doing was great and gave me her phone number before I could even ask for it! She was so cute and I can’t wait to call her and see her again! It was such a cool little experience and testifier that there are people ready to hear about the gospel, but sometimes we have to open our mouths and literally invite them to sit down next to us first!
Our two main investigators, Ron and Auntie Amy, are doing well! They made it back safe and sound from Mainland China and actually came to church yesterday as well! Auntie Amy is one of the funniest people that I have ever met and just has an air of easiness about her that has helped her make friends at church easily. I can’t wait to see how their progress continues over this next little while!
One of the greatest things that we can have, the greatest thing we can do, is hope. And sometimes that really is all that we can do. It is so unbelievably easy to get down on things. I myself know that I have done plenty of things that I wish I hadn’t done or that I know I could have done better. I don’t think that there would be enough paper in the world for me to make a list of all of the things in my life that I should have changed! But hope, and especially hope in the Savior Jesus Christ, allows us to move past what was and onto the the glorious thought of what can be. Moroni 7:41 “And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise.” We need not lament and worry because we are given a sure hope that all things will be made right. If you are stuck living in the past, then you won’t have much of a future. Remember the past, learn from it, and then use it to make the present, and in effect the future, even better. We are told that all things will be for our experience, but what kind of an experience that is and the lesson that we learn is always up to us. Replace doubt with hope and and a resolve to be just a little better starting step by step and day by day! And remember to apply the Atonement daily into your life!
Learn from the past and look to the future!
18 Dorset Crescent
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
1) Me and Sister Percival after I picked her up!! ❤
2) Outside of a museum that we went to
3) This is what a tram or a “ding ding” looks like. There was a protest that we accidentally walked into the other day and all of them got stopped because of the police blockade!
4) And of course the city!