For P-day we went on this GORGEOUS hike and I thought that my legs might fall off because it was so long and so steep, but we made it to the top and the view was so worth it! On the way down we were like “Yeah! We knew we could do it all along! That was a piece of cake!” and all of the sudden I forgot that I was even tired at all! It’s funny how when you find that the benefit outweighs the cost, suddenly it doesn’t even feel like you’re having to pay anything!
This week was so good! We met with Jacky Chan again and taught him the restoration this time and he really liked it! He also has such good questions for us every time we see him and I absolutely love the opportunity that I have as a representative of the Lord to answer those questions and bear testimony! He also came to Stake Conference yesterday although we are just a little worried because it was his first time at church and he ran away pretty quickly after the service was over. But if there’s any lesson that I’ve learned on my mission, it’s that faith and fear can’t exist in the same person at the same time so I’ll keep praying for him and hopefully we’ll be able to see him again this week with his busy work schedule.
We also met with Michael again this week (my second time seeing him) and had a really good lesson with him and then the conversation just kind of flowed into baptism and we talked about what it was and the purpose of it, but he said that at the moment he wasn’t really that interested. That was really sad to hear because he seems really interested in what we teach, but isn’t willing at the moment to act on his faith and desire. He also views baptism and church as someone might view a cane, something to help them walk better, but at the moment he feels that he is skipping along just fine in life and feels that he would be more inclined to be baptized if his life were harder.
Sister Malone and I walked out of the lesson and got talking about how the gospel isn’t just something for the weak and afflicted, although it most certainly can help people who are struggling or going through hard times. Funny enough it made me think of his house because he lives in one of those shacks, although you walk inside it’s absolutely gorgeous inside and perfectly new and updated and taken care of. But you look up and see that although they have a pretty and new house, the ceiling is still made out of nothing more than tin metal sheeting with plaster. We asked him what they did when it rained and he said that they get their buckets and glue out and repair the little holes in it. You see, in life there are always going to be heavy rains. I don’t care how nice your house is metaphorically or how good your life is, we all have storms in life and sometimes the rain leaks into our house. But with the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can make it through our storms of life, He can help us endure them. And when I say that I don’t just mean that He patches up the holes in our roof with some plaster and then pats us on the back and calls it good until the next storm comes around and we have to do the same thing all over again. He works together with us to build a new roof entirely so that we can move on to focus on the walls that might not be strong enough, or maybe there are still some windows that need to be replaced before the next storm sets in. Through Jesus Christ and His atonement we don’t ever escape the storms entirely, they still come, but we are given the means to keep continually improving and endure them with the faith that our house won’t be flooded or blown down so long as we keep trusting in Him. And when is the best time to repair your roof? When the sunshine is out! It’s a lot easier to fix things in good weather than it is to wait for the typhoons to come and realize that you need to do some repairing. Don’t wait until you’re already waist-deep in water to start repairing your roof!
Love you all! Remember that if the sun is out, you still need to be working to replace your roof! And if you find that you are in the middle of a storm right now, know that it’s never to late to ask our Savior for some help to bail you out.
18 Dorset Crescent
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
1) Some cheung fun- delicious!
2) Part of the path, this wasn’t the steep part of it, but it’s still pretty!
3) Of course had to do a name tag shot 😉
4) At the top of the mountain
This week we put on a mini MTC with the ward and it went well. It was one of those things where you put in all of this effort and planning and things are looking really good until the day of–when things kind of fall apart a little… and all of the young women who had planned on coming cancel. Well, not all of them because we still had a few youth there and it ended up being a really good experience for them! I love having the opportunity to help others find their own testimony and hopefully inspire them to go on a mission because it is the best experience ever!
Our investigator, Winnie, got baptized just yesterday and luckily everything went well!
Her story is actually an interesting one as she has been investigating for about 6 months now, which really isn’t that long of a time for here in Hong Kong. She found the church herself and contacted the office which then referred her to the missionaries here in Hung Shui Kiu and they started teaching her. She took everything well and wanted to be baptized, but picked her own date and set it out for about 5 months later because she felt that that day had special significance to her. And guess what, she stuck it through and actually got baptized after preparing for so long and she is so solid! It really has been humbling for me to see just how little missionaries are involved in the whole process of teaching and baptism. Now don’t get me wrong, missionaries have an important role to play and I am grateful to be one, and for all of the other missionaries around the world. It really is a sacred calling that we are chosen to fulfill. But most of the people that I have seen get baptized are the ones who find the church themselves and then make the decision that they want to get baptized–and then they actually do. It’s still hard because as missionaries we work all day and pray and teach and pour our hearts out for these people who a lot of the times don’t really want to hear what we have to say. But it is also a testament to me that there are people out there who are ready to hear the gospel and the lord ALWAYS makes sure that they find a way to us and then we as missionaries get to play just a tiny part in their conversion as we walk down the path with them. There are few other experiences like that of getting to play a part in the eternal salvation of a precious soul of our Heavenly Father.
Love you all!! Remember to find ways to serve others every day!!
18 Dorset Crescent
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
1) The Lau family that we visited this week–they are such a great member family and the daughters are both so stinkin cute!
2) Us at the Mini MTC event this weekend
3) WINNIE IS BAPTIZED!!!!!
4) Me on exchanges with Sister Munday, we did some service racking leaves and ended up finding this HUGE centipede which we then ran away from and then ran back to with rakes and brooms in our hands trying to kill it hahah! And don’t worry, we did 😉