This week Sister Percival really wanted to get a sausage McMuffin from McDonalds, so I told her how to order it in Chinese but she went up to the counter and spoke English to them and asked for an “egg burger.” Well, that’s exactly what they gave her and she walked back with an egg on a hamburger bun haha! I think that she learned the importance of always trying to speak to people in Chinese haha 😉 I also let her try an egg tart for the first time this week and realize how much of a mistake that it was because we have now stopped by the bakeries every single day. I can still feel the egg tarts….
We got a new investigator this week! Her name is Sister Yuen and she is doing so great! She actually lets us meet with her more than once a week which is more than our other investigators usually let us so she is already progressing so fast! She has such a firm belief in Jesus already and keeps saying how happy we look and how she just feels so good when she’s with us. She also has the cutest little girls that she brings with her sometimes! We are just having problems getting her to church because she, just like most other people here, goes to Mainland China quite often which means that we lose contact with her.
Wednesday was kind of frustrating because everybody canceled on us which meant that we had a lot of hours to be filled with trying to find people. We rode on the tram to try to talk to people, but there unfortunately weren’t a lot of people on at that time. After a couple minutes, a lady sat down across from me and I struck up a conversation with her. She looked so sad and when I tried to talk to her and tell her what I was doing as a missionary, she asked to be excused and turned away from me a little. I really felt like I should keep talking with her though, so I asked her name and she told me that she was really sorry, but she had just had some unhappy things happen lately. I talked to her a little more and she opened up to me and told me how happy she really was to talk to me. I felt the Spirit so strongly as I was talking to her and just had such a desire to help her so she didn’t have to feel so unhappy anymore. She had to get off, but thanked me again for me talking to her and then gave me her phone number and said that I could see her again. She got off the tram and out of nowhere I just kind of started crying to myself because I was so overcome with the love of Jesus Christ for this person. I know that I’m an easy crier, but that is the first time that I have cried out finding. It was such a special experience and I just know that our Heavenly Father’s love is real. I am so blessed to be able to share this happiness and love with people every day.
My lesson for the week: for the past 2 months, one of the light bulbs in our main area in our apartment has been burned out. I keep meaning to buy a new one, but I don’t know where to go and am afraid that it will take too much time and be too tedious to buy a new one. This week I decided to just go out and find a new one, and I literally had to walk about 10 steps outside of our apartment until I found a shop with what I needed. So the lesson is to not put off doing things, but to just get it done! We always make things out to be more difficult than they really are! And now our apartment is so much brighter!
I found this poem in a conference talk by President Monson from a few years ago and really loved it:
An old man, going a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide—
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head:
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.”
May we always strive to build and uplift others instead of trying to break others down in order to lift ourselves up, because that’s never how it works. And always remember our Savior, Jesus Christ, who built the ultimate bridge for all of us, the bridge that allows us to have eternal life and happiness. Follow the example that He gave us and try to lift and help others. You may not benefit from your work, but others will and that will in turn help you as well!
Don’t forget to change any burnt out light bulbs! 😉
18 Dorset Crescent
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
1) Just one of your typical shops here in Hong Kong
2) Pizza at the pier!
3) We accidentally crashed a free music concert, 2 weddings, and a graduation at the park the other day…whoops!