I’ll start off with the happiest part of the week- WE SAW SISTER YUEN AGAIN!!!! She made it back from the black hole of mainland!!! Yay!
She is doing well and read so much of the general conference magazine that we gave her and LOVED it! We taught her the word of wisdom which we were really nervous about since we hadn’t seen her for a few weeks and knew that it was a hard lesson. It’s hard to ask someone to give up coffee and especially tea, it’s really part of the culture here and literally everyone drinks it all the time. We told her that she couldn’t drink it anymore and she was like, “oh…. I already don’t really drink it.” And we were like, “Oh? Cool.” But inside I was like doing some handstands or something because I was so worried about what she would say! She is still hesitant about being baptized until she knows all of the commandments and what she has to do first because she wants to make sure that she makes as few mistakes as possible. She has been a little harder to reach ever since she came back because her phone isn’t working properly, but these are just minor difficulties.
We also took a trip to Peng Chau, one of the few islands in our area that we can go to. Our area is actually really special because we are like the only place that has other islands that you can go and visit which is pretty cool. I still can’t believe that I hadn’t ever seen the ocean before I came here, I’m just surrounded by it so much now! You step off the boat and it really is like being in a completely different world. The tall buildings and buses and loud noises are gone and it’s just a peaceful little place with people lounging around and riding bikes. We visited a less-active that we hadn’t seen in months, just because it is rather tedious to go to the island every week. She still has lots of problems that she is working through, but Sister Percival definitely felt the Spirit while we were teaching her which means that she did too. It was an all over the place lesson because she had so many concerns, but we were still able to testify of the love of our Heavenly Father, which is the most important thing to understand 🙂
We also visited a former investigator who lived on the island that neither of us had ever met before, just for the same reason that it’s really time consuming to get there. We searched and searched and could not find her house! You think it would be easy because it’s like the tiniest island ever, but it was nigh impossible! We recruited the help of some locals and soon we had a little band of people following and guiding us. We at last found it and waved goodbye to our new little group of friends. They will live on in my heart 🙂 The investigator was a 90 year old woman who lived by herself and was just kind of sad with her life. Her family had all moved away and she didn’t have a lot of friends. She is also a chronic smoker so she has some health problems. But she was just so cute and as I was testifying of the love of Jesus Christ, I could feel tears coming to my eyes. There are just times where you testify and you can feel the truth of what you’re saying so strongly. We will come back for her some day!
Also went to lunch with a super awesome member for her birthday and she invited someone to go with us who had also served as a missionary in Hong Kong and was just back visiting for a few days. She had some really good insights and I left with a resolve to keep on working as hard as I could. I am so grateful for little reminders like that.
We turned over one of our investigators to the missionaries of the area in which he lives. It was sad to see him go, but we’ll still stay in contact and the other missionaries that will be teaching him are awesome, so I have no doubt that things will turn out how they’re supposed to!
I am happy that Chinese New Year (January 28th) is coming up soon because it’s another excuse to talk to random people on the street haha! I’ve just been shouting “San lihn faailohk!!!” (happy new year) to everyone that I meet! I LOVE IT!!!
I came across this scripture in the New Testament that I love so much!
1 John 4:7-8:
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love
I can not adequately express how critical it is to love others. The only way that we can come to know God is by serving Him and we can only do that when loving and serving others. It says in these scriptures that if we don’t love, we do not, we cannot, know God. This love really does lead us to do so many other things and gives us the power and means to look outside of ourselves and open up our eyes to the world around us. I am also so grateful for the love of God that I am able to feel every day. Because, after all, He did love us first.
Have a great week!!! Wish some people a happy new year!!
18 Dorset Crescent
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
1) View from the top of Victoria Peak. I live in the middle of all of that!!! I LOVE THIS PLACE SO MUCH!!!!
2) An investigator gave me some purple plastic gloves, so of course I had to model them!!
3) Sun setting on the island of Peng Chau
4) A cool little treat called “dragon’s fur” or something like that. So good.