Elder Kyle M. Allen in Hong Kong

Read all about Elder Allen's adventures as a full time missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints in Hong Kong


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I Will Never Truly Leave

June 15, 2014

 

Who would’ve ever thought this place would be considered holy, but to me it is.  I remember my first day in Hong Kong…I thought I knew what missionary work was.  Then the sliding doors opened and this huge wall of humidity seemed to wipe away the easiness of being there and any thoughts that the next two years would be an easy ride disappeared.  Seriously that feeling of hitting that humidity was crazy, and an experience that I’ll remember forever.  (Elder Allen is used to heat but remember everyone in Arizona “it’s a DRY heat!”)   At that point I actually knew that I was finally serving a mission.  Man did I know nothing back then.  It is just incredible how much this city has taught me.  If God our Heavenly Father isn’t controlling His work here then I don’t have a single idea what is.  The miracles, the unexplained events, the people, just everything points to the fact that there is a God and He truly loves every one of us.  I’m sorry if these thoughts are random. I am reading it and I don’t understand what I am writing…it makes no sense.  But just trying to sum up the span of two years in one paragraph makes my mind go in a million different directions.

 

It will not be hard to remember my mission, not one bit.  In fact I feel like I’ve actually lived here longer than I have lived in America, and in a way that is just so true.  Sorry for all the random sentences.  I just can’t believe it’s over this week.  It’s too fast!  I had my “exit interview” with President Hawks this morning.  This was the first time in a very long time that I have even thought about what it will be like to be home.  He made me do it.  After a lot of talking, he asked,  “What’s next?” and I just started telling him my plans for the week and the people who are progressing this week and how to help them continue.  He stopped me and said that’s not what he meant and really… that’s the first time I had to say the inevitable.  What I will be doing in the near future is not hitting the streets finding or preparing for a meeting with the Stake President… it was stuff like going back to school.  I just can’t imagine being gone for two years.  What do you mean I haven’t been in Arizona for two years?  Already?! There is no way…I honestly feel like when I get back it will be May 24th, 2012, just a little day trip.  (Kyle entered the Provo MTC on May 23, 2012) I know a bunch of missionaries say this, but I mean it.  The expression goes “time flies when you are having fun” well if that’s the case the heat, the humidity, the investigators dropping, the anti, the finding all day, the weird eats, the mean culture, is just the most fun I’ve ever had.  Period.  And oh yeah, I haven’t even mentioned the thing called learning to speak Chinese!  Although this one feels like its been 3 years not 2.  Whatever the Cantonese did at the Tower of Babel was truly wicked….. (So happy to see that Elder Allen has not lost his sense of humor!)

 

This really just feels like another week.  And great things happen in the Lord’s service.  Hong Kong is a place of miracles.  Big miracles.  As long as the people want miracles they will happen.   Just some crazy things happened this week and the work, the area, and the zone are keeping up with this fast moving pace that has been coming around for the past couple of months.  I was on exchanges in Ma On Shan this week.  While finding,  Elder Dorman noticed there was a huge hole in his pocket and the phone was gone!  We retraced our steps, looked all around and everything, but a good 40 minutes passed by and nothing happened.  We went to sit down on a bench and evaluate what to do next.  The first thing to do was to pray, so we did.  Right after the prayer, this old shirtless man just walked up to us and said, “Hey is this your phone by chance?”  Just absolutely crazy!  We were not even close to the place where he found it or anything! He just happened to be walking by at the same time that we finished our prayer.  Well… evaluation over!  That’s it!  Plan A worked!  Plan B is not needed!  Tell me…how do you explain that, besides it being from the power of God?

 

It was a busy last Sunday here. The other ward had a baptism and we were put in charge of making sure the water was turned off the night before and checking to make sure the font had water in it for the 8:30 in the morning baptism. We checked at about 9:00 on Saturday night and the font was full!  Everything was good! But then at about 8 the next morning, the Sisters called us and told us there was no water in the tank!  None at all!  I’m sure it was plugged because we double-checked to make sure it was plugged, but something happened!  Well, we ran to the church and found it to be almost like a war zone or something. The font was on the highest pressure possible but it would definitely not be enough for the ceremony 30 minutes later.  The bishopric and missionaries made a row just passing buckets from the bathroom to the font.  It was hot and sweaty and there was just water everywhere!  However, we got it done! The person being baptized didn’t even notice (she was waiting for a friend to get there).  Great teamwork from everyone!

 

Church then was just crazy miraculous!  We have been working with Sister Ko for quite awhile now, and so have 2 other sets of missionaries.  Both of the other sets of missionaries dropped her because they thought she had no potential.  No, no, no!  These weeks of going over to their house was all worth it in the end!  For the first time this week she came to church!  It was just so rewarding!  We have worked hard with both Brother and Sister Ko and it was just so awesome to see them together at church.  We were so surprised when she showed up!  The night before she had been at the ward party and we thought that was good.  It seemed good for her to see the church and look around, but the Lord has other ideas. She came and from what I hear she liked it!  She is already friendly with some of the members from going over to their house, but this was just another level!  It is so awesome!  Sister Ko is going to be baptized.  I don’t know when, but it will happen.

 

Another crazy thing happened at church.  So last transfer the Stake President’s daughter introduced us to her friend.  At the end of the first meeting, I felt like just forgetting about that lesson and moving on.  He (his name is A-King) just had zero interest, worked in a pretty high position at another church, and didn’t even give us his phone number.  Well, we are in Sacrament Meeting and I see someone and at first I have no idea who it is, I just know that I’ve seen him before.  Well turns out it’s him!  In a white shirt and tie!  He stayed for all three hours (had to get the day off of work to do it) and wanted to meet with us after!  Turns out he has read everyday since that meeting and has read until Alma Chapter 19!  What?!   Are you serious?!  We beg for people to read just 5 minutes a day, literally beg, but he, who had no interest in ever seeing us again, sees us again and has read SEVERAL CHAPTERS A NIGHT!  A-King – I will never forget that first lesson! I’m not sure how it happened, but it did!  We didn’t have a lesson plan (because we had no idea he’d be there!) but since he has read the Book of Mormon, we could’ve gone 10,000 different ways.  He was telling us how the Book of Mormon supports the Bible and clarifies it!  When I tell that to most people, they don’t even have the slightest idea of what I’m talking about!  Just a great day!

 

Chau Sung Mou is doing great as well!  This week was the big lesson for him – the Word of Wisdom – and he scheduled us right at the last minute so we didn’t have a member with us.  However, the lesson was great!  He has already heard the Word of Wisdom from his member fellowshipper and is quitting smoking for good!  He used to smoke a pack a day and already he is down to 1 pack every 3 days! Some improvement there!  He has cut back on tea as well.  He is barely drinking any tea!  He is just so awesome! Definitely one of my favorite investigators I’ve ever taught.  He is in mainland until after I leave, so saying good-bye was pretty sad, but it’s not the end!  His faith is great and we will see each other again.  Someday…

 

Faith is an excellent thing. If we want the same faith, with the same results, then we do the same things.  If we want different faith, we do different things and if those things are good, our faith will start to grow within us.  Faith is just so awesome.  I learned more about faith from recently reading Alma 32 than I have reading it repeatedly over these past 2 years.  This is an amazing city and although I will physically leave, I won’t ever truly leave.  There is no chance under heaven that I will ever truly leave.  My heart is here, with the members, with the nonmembers, and most importantly, my heart is with a loving Savior who made a great and infinite sacrifice for every single one of us.  He will continue to pour greater blessings in Hong Kong, I’m just sad I won’t personally see them!

 

I love you all.  See you Friday.  Have Burger House ready.  (The Burger House is a little place in Miami, Arizona – on the way to Thatcher – that has delicious bean and cheese burritos.  I guess their burgers are pretty good too but I can never bring myself to order anything but the mexican food.  I guess Kyle feels the same way.)  Or anything Mexican.  Oh how I miss Mexican food, but mostly Burger House.  You are the best and remember that a mission is a family affair! You are ending something too, but we are all starting something together!

 

Elder Au Yeung Yat Fei

I asked Elder Kyle to send me a picture of Brother Chan, the man he admires so much as a great missionary, leader and teacher.  I thought it was fitting that this is the last thing that will appear on this blog that came in an email from Hong Kong.  This man has inspired my son to be a great missionary and to continue to do missionary work even when that is not his full-time calling.  I know Kyle will be forever grateful to him for being an example of the hard-work, diligence, enthusiasm, faith and creativity necessary to accomplish the Lord’s work.  I don’t know him but I am grateful to him as well.  He has inspired my son to be a better person, a better leader and a life-long servant of the Lord.  That’s what it is all about.  Thank you Brother Chan from the bottom of my heart!

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Brother Chan, a member of the ward named Johnny, Elder Brown and Elder Allen

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I Could Do this Forever

June 8, 2014

 What an awesome week!  And now it’s on to the last full week. I’m just saying that because I don’t know really what else to say here. It doesn’t feel different at all.  Not one tiny bit.  I could do this forever…and probably will.  This is just the best thing to be doing.  Ever.  This week I really did find myself just thinking, studying, and just having my mind wrapped around the concept of the importance of teaching. What a great responsibility it is!  The best leaders in the world are the ones who teach others how to be better than them and to be more like the Savior (I mean teaching in the church anyway.)  It is just an awesome responsibility that I really do in cherish in my heart.  It is just so fun seeing an investigator walk up to meet you, then go sit down for a lesson.  There is just no feeling like it.  It really gets me excited! The only thing is just keeping that excitement for the whole time!  I can’t wait to get back out to work!

 

This has been a pretty eventful week.  I went to Mission Leadership Council and had to get everything ready for zone training meeting after that!  So it was just a go, go, go type of week.  Both meetings were excellent!  I think everyone enjoyed zone training meeting and everyone, especially myself, had a new resolve to go out there and work a little harder and be a little more efficient. The mission encouraged us to make line charts to see how the different zones are doing in key indicators from month to month, starting last December.  It’s really quite amazing and I’m glad we did it!  Often times we think our progress is slow and has many setbacks, but over the last 6 months the numbers have gotten better!  A lot too! The whole mission is just steadily increasing right now and it’s amazing!   No other word to describe it.  At some point between February and March, when the mission was really focusing on unity towards achieving tremendously high goals for the future, is when the missionaries just exploded!  It is so awesome to be even a small part of it. Anyway, I’ve talked too long on a thing that probably doesn’t even make sense!  Oh well….

 

We had an awesome week.  I truly think the things going on here are awesome. We had a less active become fully activated again so that was awesome!  This ward is just the best at fellowshipping, especially less actives.  It starts with Brother Chan, the Ward Mission Leader. As soon as a less active comes in, he has someone ready to wave to them or even get up from where they are sitting and move to sit with the person that came.  It is just awesome.  Going to church on Sunday and not having to really worry about how the people who are going to come “fit in” with the ward is a big relief for me.  I am a stressful person so when; a) you don’t know who is going to come and b) you don’t know how they are going to feel when they come, it stresses me out!  But Sha Tin is on top of it!  Along with Chan Lim Kuk (the fully returned to activity member) we also had Ava come!  We have been really trying to work hard on getting Ava to come and she finally mustered up the courage to ask her boss for Sundays off!  I think the change came through the simple acts of service and the willingness to go and help her out when she needs it (even though her house is not in a convenient location and that’s saying something if it’s in Hong Kong.)  Well anyway, she asked her boss and miracles followed!  She got yesterday off, next week off, and 3 Sundays in July off! The ward members (especially the Bishop who is her home teacher) were very excited to see her.  She hadn’t been to church in like 1.5 months.  We have another really great week planned.  Ava will bring Bonnie (she was supposed to come this week but “was too tired”) and we already have some less actives planning to come!  It’s going to be another great week!  Brother Ko, the “recently-returned-to-activity” member taught Gospel Essentials class for the second time straight!  We visited them last week and his wife is doing better!  Her interest is growing!  It’s just that Christianity is so new to her, but he will do good things for them!  We invited them to start reading the Book of Mormon together.

 

We got to church yesterday and to our surprise, an investigator who we hadn’t seen in well over a month was there with his son!  We thought they were long gone from meeting with us again!  We even ran into his son while finding this week.  He was with his friends and didn’t even acknowledge that he knew us, and then all of the sudden the family is back in the ball game!  It was a crazy miracle!  As soon as sacrament meeting ended he went up to all the members he knows and started talking to them.  It was super crazy!  It could be nothing but the power of the Holy Ghost that is leading him back to church!  We have been trying to call him but after like a month of him not answering we stopped trying.  And then a couple of weeks later Michael Yau is back!  I can’t wait to start meeting with him again!  He is great!  Awesome miracle.

 

After getting confirmed last week Karen is doing super!  There was only one problem – the whole week she wasn’t answering the phone! We knew she was busy with testing this week but she has never not answered Tiffany’s phone calls or ours.  We were admittedly a little worried and then Sacrament Meeting started and she wasn’t there. But then about 10 minutes after the meeting started she came and to our surprise again, she brought her friend that came to her baptism!  She is just like a portable miracle machine!  Everywhere around her there are miracles!  After talking with her she actually did talk to Tiffany (the member) and everything was normal!  Missionaries I guess are just not in the loop!  Oh well!  Her friend has super good interest!  She will definitely get baptized in the near future.  Her name is Cherry and the lesson I think helped Karen a lot.  Karen always was comfortable at the surface, but Cherry was asking her pretty deep questions about her conversion and why she did it.  It really made Karen think harder and the outcome was just awesome!  Both were strengthened!  They are going to do great things together!  The ward really likes Karen.  They already asked her to speak in Sacrament Meeting…next month!  On July 20th!  Not even 2 months after being baptized and she is speaking!  It’s like jury duty or something! You get baptized and right away you are doing things!  I like it…

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Elder Brown, Elder Allen, Karen and her friend Cherry after finding out Karen had to speak in church! 

Have a great week everyone.  The gospel is happiness.  That is it.  I am happy.  Happier than ever before and it just grows.  I don’t know why but it is.  I love you all and have a great week! 

 

Elder Au Yeung

 

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Elder Allen and his good friend Elder Howell from “down the road.”


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The Dragon Boat Festival

June 1, 2014

Well today is just an awesome day to be in Sha Tin.  Well, an awesome week.  No an awesome year, and today is a big part of the reason.  Today is Dragon Boat Festival everybody!!! (Eating balls of sticky rice called zongzi, drinking realgar wine and racing dragon boats are the main ways the Chinese celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. Here is a link to a Wall Street Journal article about this year’s festival.)

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/06/02/china-celebrates-dragon-boat-festival/#slide/1

It’s like the one holiday where Chinese people come together and streets are blocked off (you know it’s big if that happens) and they celebrate together!  For what?!  Who knows? (According to my online sources, the festival commemorates the death of the Chinese poet and minister Qu Yuan. Qu was a member of the Chinese royal house in the ancient state of Chu but was banished when he opposed the king’s decision to ally with the powerful state of Qin. While in exile he wrote a great deal of poetry. Twenty-eight years later when Qin captured the capital of Chu, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River. The legend says that the local people then rushed out in their boats to save him or at least to retrieve his body. This is the origin of the dragon boat races. When the locals could not find him, they dropped balls of sticky rice into the lake to feed the fish and keep them from eating his body. This is the origin of eating zongzi.)  It probably has something to do with the lunar calendar and some Chinese dynasty. That’s where all Chinese holidays come from.  But anyway, after studies today we went and watched the end of people racing in dragon boats. It’s basically like canoes that are shaped like dragons! (Here are some pictures of the boat races that Kyle included in his email.)

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We were some of the lucky missionaries since by the time other people had to travel to Sha Tin to see the races, they were already over!  It was a good time and I took lots of pictures!  It was super awesome to watch! I mean not the most exciting thing, but it’s the closest thing to like a 4th of July parade that they do here! It was something that I have never experienced here! It really is a big deal! It’s one of the bigger holidays! We celebrate by eating things called rice dumplings. (That must be the zongzi. Here are some pictures I found online of them.)

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They are disgusting. That’s basically it!

Just another great week! Brother Chan is the best person ever!  He organized this activity where ward members come and we go visit the less active young single adults of the church.  Some of these people are very special to him!  One of the people we visited was someone who persevered through the SARS outbreak.  (The SARS – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – outbreak occurred between November 2002 and June 2003 in Hong Kong and was most severe during March of 2003. It resulted in 8,273 cases of SARS and 775 deaths. Despite quarantines and travel restrictions SARS spread to 37 countries as a result of this outbreak.) No church meetings, temple, or anything was taking place in Hong Kong, but she still wanted to make her date and be baptized.  Brother Chan said the circumstances were very scary and there were only like 6 or 7 people at the baptism.  The missionaries, the girl getting baptized, the bishop, and Brother Chan and like 2 other people.  Pretty scary time SARS was, so it must have been a big sacrifice to go outside during that time to attend a baptism.  He says it was one of the best times ever.  Well, we visited her but nothing happened.. yet.  The activity itself was excellent.  About 8 people came to go with the missionaries including the bishop and even less- actives!!  That was probably the best part.  The less-actives came to the activity whose purpose is to visit the less-actives! If that isn’t as productive as a church activity can be then I don’t know what is!

Some amazing experiences happened during it as well.  We missed visiting a name on our list while in this one area. We had already visited another less active in the same building, but somehow didn’t see that this person was in the same building.  We debated whether or not to go and visit her because time was really short.  Well we decided to just go for it.  We ran back to the building and got in the elevator.  There was another person that got in after us.  When I saw that she was going to the same level that we were going to I just knew it was this less active.  I don’t know why but I did!  And I think Brother Wong (my companion at the time) did too. We got out of the elevator and it was a little awkward when we stopped at the same door as this woman!  It was great though!  She was very nice and said that right now wouldn’t be the best time, but she scheduled us for tomorrow when her husband and son both have work off!  It was a great miracle!  But then at church, people got up and bore their testimonies about this activity (it really was an excellent activity) and I guess this same kind of experience happened 2 other times with different missionaries!  Crazy things happen when the ward unites for missionary activities!  I didn’t even know about those two other experiences until Sunday! No one came home and said any cool stories about it ! One of the people in the elevator asked, “Oh are you Chan Yue Sang’s people? (That is Brother Chan’s full name)  What a great man!

Karen got confirmed this week as well!  I’m surprised about how well she knows the ward and how well the ward knows her!  I wasn’t expecting that!  Even better is that she said these coming weeks she will start bringing her brother and her friend (the one that came to the baptismal service) more often to church!  She said they would’ve come this week, but they were in mainland for Dragon Boat Festival.  We saw her this week and she opened up a lot telling about how she was “antied” the first time around by her teachers at school so she never replied to Tiffany but then she said something “just made [her] want to try it again for [her]self.”  She said how she basically already knew the church wasn’t those nasty things her teacher was saying and so she wanted to see how it actually was and just never looked back since! It’s an awesome time for her! This past week was the first time she’s ever really talked for a long time and shared stories in detail. Before we would just ask question after question, waiting for something like this to happen and it finally did!  Right when we stopped asking questions!  Church was a little weak because of the holiday, but something else great happened!  Brother Ko, the recently returned to activity member, taught Gospel Essentials class yesterday!  It was so awesome!  He is doing well and we are visiting his family tonight!  I just hope Sister Ko is gaining an interest in church.  It would be hard coming from her background to being a devoted Christian right away, but I can totally see it!  She is totally ready for the gospel!

We really have had some great things happen with less-actives lately.  We have been running into a bunch just on the street and stuff like that!  It’s amazing how one run-in on the street or one phone call makes such a big difference!  After that they just start coming to church!  During the less-active activity we ran into and visited a less-active and her family and she came to church. Another said that they will come this week!  One day we were finding in Fo Tan.  It’s known for its factories etc. so not too much goes on at nighttime, however the Spirit led us there at nighttime!  It was starting to get late, when Ava Lau, the less active called. She lives in Fo Tan and was panicking for some reason.  Turned out she called a lot of people but no one could help her finish putting together this table that she bought.  If we were anywhere besides Fo Tan it probably would’ve been too late to go, so luckily we were where we needed to be!  We got there and the place was kinda a mess, but we helped her get through it.  I can’t believe she told me to drill holes in her wall. I’ve never ever handled a power drill before.

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Luckily everything turned out okay, we finished the table, and got home on time (with some running involved). The best thing is that her daughter and neighbor where there. Ava is really pushing for work off on Sundays and her company pretty much agreed to it! She has next week off and 3 weeks in July off! It’s great so hopefully she can get more! She told her daughter that they are going to church together!

The investigators are doing great!  We found 7 new investigators in a single day!  That’s a crazy amount!  The best thing was, they are all member referrals!  We didn’t do a single thing!  They all came to English class and the members wanted us to teach them so we gladly did!  They do have potential but once again, Dragon Boat Festival interfered so they were busy.  Elder Brown and I were talking and they really do have good potential since they are member referrals!  They are coming to English class (most have been twice already) so its good so far!

Have an awesome week! This is the best time to be serving here. There is no doubt in my mind! This is the Lord’s work. How else would all these things happen? And if this is the Lord’s work, it must mean that this is His church. He wouldn’t guide evil people to find these people that are ready to come unto Him.  I love you all and have a great week!

Elder Allen

 

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Am I Doing Enough?

May 26, 2014

 

What a crazy week! Today is the 3rd May 26th that I’ve been serving the Lord. What a miracle this next month is. Just a great blessing already.  (The extra month that Kyle will serve is a blessing to both him and our family.) I don’t really know how else to describe our Heavenly Father besides miraculous…there were some things that happened this week that just keep blowing my mind.  These last two weeks have been incredible and I’m not really sure how to describe it.  If I do it just won’t do it justice.  Really.  I’ll tell you one thing though…the miracles aren’t anything in the food category.  This week I had some pig neck…I’m not even sure you can call that weird here though.  (Pig’s neck is not only “normal” in China, but I found several recipes including “Slow Roasted Pork Neck” and “Pork Neck Bone Soup” on the “food.com” website that looked very good. Go ahead and click here to see them for yourself!) Yeah, probably not…. let’s get to the real stuff.

 

This is just a little side story for the week. So last week I reported on Ava, a less active that we have been working with recently. Last week she opened up about how she really wanted her daughter Bonnie to come home (she is 19 living with her 29 year old boyfriend) and she knew she had to do the “small and simple things” in order for anything to really happen. So that was two weeks ago. And then out of nowhere this past week she calls us up and says that Bonnie all of the sudden just moved back home! Crazy! Miraculous! I’m not sure what happened or what will happen in the future but I just can’t believe it! She was living with him for probably over a year I would guess and then all of the sudden she just comes home! If that is not an answer to prayers and evidence of God’s power then I have no idea what it could be.  In one week it just changed.  How?

 

Well we had a baptism this week and what a great service it was. Karen is now baptized!! We are both super excited and in these past couple of weeks her testimony has changed quite a lot. She is a person that doesn’t talk a lot and gives like 5 worded answers to questions. However, this week she opened up a lot and I heard her bear testimony and explain gospel principles more than ever before! Something miraculous happened and I’m still not sure what it is. She brought her aunt, her brother, and one friend to her baptism so that was good as well! We let a recent convert do the baptizing and he did awesome for his first try! I was absolutely amazed at the ward’s attendance at the service! I counted over 50 people at the actual baptism itself! That’s a little over half of Sacrament Meeting attendance! They were really super supportive! The young women were excellent. They sang an English song called “I’ll Find You My Friend” and that song should make an person want to do missionary work. It’s a person talking about how in Pre-Earth life they promised their friends and the Savior that they would go down to Earth and find them and bring them into the gospel. That’s super interesting. How many people have I promised in the councils of heaven that I would find them?   Am I doing enough to make sure I find these people? That one song really makes me want to go out and find. There are still friends here now I have not yet found and what a great time it will be when I do.

 

Karen's Baptism

(From left to right) Elder Brown, Elder Allen, Peter Chan, Karen and the bishop of the ward at Karen’s Baptism

 

Up until yesterday I always thought that Tiffany (a member who referred Karen) was the one to contact her (Karen) first. Well yesterday in both Tiffany’s and Karen’s testimony they said how Tiffany had texted her many times over the course of several months with no answer. Then one day Karen decided that she actually wanted to go to church again and she called Tiffany!  Crazy!  I had no idea ! Heavenly Father knew it was her time and He prepared her well!  She is doing well reading in the Book of Mormon too!  She is in Isaiah so…here’s a testing point! (She must be reading the Old Testament as well as the Book of Mormon.) She’ll get through it!  That was probably the best baptismal service I have ever been to! A supportive ward and Brother Chan leading the way making sure everything went smooth.

 

We had another crazy experience.  A lot of less actives come to church this week and they are some key ones that the ward has been really focusing on lately!  One was pretty crazy!  She hasn’t answered our calls for weeks now and she is in our phone right next to the recent convert who helped us baptize Karen (his name is Peter).  Well instead of calling Peter, I accidentally called the less active.  We weren’t intending on calling her since she has said she doesn’t really want to talk to us right now.  I hung up as soon as I realized my mistake because I didn’t want to annoy her and make her mad.  Well she called us right back and then came to church the next day!  Crazy!  I was foolish for thinking we’d annoy her (but to my defense we tried to visit her the day before with no success and called her a couple of times these past two weeks without any signs of life.)  At church she was very happy to be there and even helped out with the baptismal service! I thought it was a super big but yet small miracle that we accidentally called her.  She even told us that she wasn’t planning on coming that day but the phone call changed her mind!  Who knew?!  Heavenly Father.

 

Chau Sung Mou is doing great, but he is just on the mainland on weekends.  He is reading the Book of Mormon everyday!  He said the Book of Mormon is true and that the Church is really, really good.  We are not sure how to help him make the final push, but it will come with time and the power of God.  I mean we have already progressed this far with him after only meeting 4 or 5 times!  He is one of the best investigators I have ever had.  His receptiveness to the Holy Ghost is awesome!  He knows when he is feeling the Holy Ghost.  I just can’t wait until it’s time to go see him again!  Brother Chan helped us go visit him this week and on the way back we ran into another less active whom the ward has really been trying to help!  Well the conversation didn’t go down to well and she was kinda mean to be honest but then all of the sudden Sunday came around and there she was!  I was amazed!

 

We contacted another less-active we were just trying to call and visit and get to know,  but instead he said, “Well… I’m busy this week but why don’t I just come to church instead?” Okay!  It was just a great week!

 

I love you all and have a great week! I can’t explain the things that go on in my life… I really can’t.  But even better is that I know I will wake up the next day and experience the same kinds of things over again!  It really is a great time!  I love you all!  I can’t believe Staci is graduated!  (Kyle’s little sister Staci graduated from Highland High School on May 22.)  That is just so weird to think about!  I love you all and thank you for all your faith and your support.  June here we come right?!  The zone killed a lot of the goals for the month!  Just met them barely which to me is killing it!  We as a zone are just skyrocketing right now!!  I love you all!

 

Elder Allen

Eating Noodles

Eating the spiciest noodles that they have around town with a super short haircut because another Elder who said he knew how to cut hair – didn’t!

View Outside Kyle's Apartment

Another view of the city outside Kyle’s apartment. The sky seems very blue for a place usually described as having lots of air pollution.


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Two Trains

May 21, 2014

 

Two years this week!  That is crazy!  I don’t mean to make this like I’m coming home soon….but it’s just a fact that is there and I might as well say it as a good starting line to get it out of the way! This next month is just going to be so roocking. I still wonder everyday to myself “when is the mission going to ‘peak’?” you know when is it going to reach that point where it just won’t get any better. After this week I have come to the conclusion that such a thing does not exist. There is not one thing that can be considered “the best moment of my mission.” Really there isn’t and this week is just total proof. I mean I got to eat pig heart this week. Things can’t get better after that right? Okay…thats not what I’m talking about. (Elder Allen doesn’t mention how the pig’s heart was prepared but I found recipes online for “Stir fried Heart with Vegetables” and “Pork Heart Stew.”  The recipe for the stew requires “trimming the nerves and sinew” as the first step.  Any way you slice it, that sounds horrible.)

At the temple today we had a cool experience with this guy and his wife from Mainland.  I love the Hong Kong temple.  There is literally no place nor temple in the world like it.  The stories that come in and out of there are crazy!  This man’s boss was converted in 2005 after an Elder in Hong Kong (when the boss was here on business) quickly gave him a pass along card and had no time to say more.  Well in 2006 he took 1000 of his employees to Korea to let whoever wanted to hear the gospel hear it.  I guess about 300 or so employees got baptized without ever knowing what the church was before that.  Now he is the Elders Quorum president.  Right next to him was an Indian man that was just so happy because he traveled so far to come here and yesterday was able to be sealed with his wife an family.  Hong Kong is a place of miracles.  The pigs heart meat is a miracle in itself.
Well this week was just an awesome and just spiritually rewarding and strengthening week for me personally and I’m sure Elder Brown feels the same way.  This past week we visited Chau Sung Mou who is doing really well, just doesn’t want to make the step and switch to other churches.  Well he didn’t accept a baptismal date again this week but he is still doing awesome!  He is reading and praying everyday so his answer will come (if it hasn’t already) and he’ll know what he needs to do.  I have complete trust in Heavenly Father.  There are good things in store for Brother Chau and Heavenly Father really wants to let him know he is there. He told us a story about a dream he had the night before we called.  He was at some church meeting with his mom and the people there were wearing two different colors of shirts.  When the meeting ended, he really felt the strong desire to follow his mom who was definitely with one of the two groups. (Oh ya, his mom is the member by the way). (The story has much more meaning if you know that fact.)  He wanted to follow her into this room but when he got to the door he just couldn’t go in and he was in despair.  So he walks into the room he can and they board a train.  He sees his mom’s side get in a train to Hong Kong and he just had to go to Hong Kong but it was physically impossible for him to do so.  The trains started off the station and for awhile the two trains were side by side but then got distant from each other and he wasn’t going to Hong Kong.  Well he decided to get off the train and walk what he said was “a straight and narrow path” because he just had to get to Hong Kong to be with his mom.  When he started off he still saw his mom’s train and then two boys appeared and told him how to walk this straight and narrow path to get back to be with his mother!  Then a woman appeared who he described as the devil and started yelling saying get back on the train and don’t listen to these two boys.  Then the dream ended.
 The next day he was feeling really sick and so took medicine. nothing. drank water. nothing. so then he decided to pray to ask for relief from this sickness.  AT THE VERY MOMENT in which he ended his prayer is when we called him and asked if we could meet him.  He said (all of this is his words not ours) that as soon as he hung up the phone he could feel nothing.  He was happy and there was no pain.  Just incredible!  I just look back and wonder at the glory of God.  How could he not be real and how could he not know every single one of us.  You can interpret that dream and just every single small detail leads to Heavenly Father directing him to the church.  Amazing.  He had to switch trains (he even said like go from his church to his mom’s church) so that he could reach his goal.  If I didn’t witness it I would say that I’m puffing up the story but I did hear it first hand and it is miraculous.  He just needs to realize it now…
Another story.  I went on exchanges in my old area Tai Po this week.  I had the great pleasure of serving there for one day.  It really is a holy place to me every thing about it is beautiful.  Well I have one recent convert there who went to Europe for 7 months and then when she came back stopped coming to church as well.  Pretty sad story.  Her name is Sandra and she is a very awesome person.  Well the Tai Po missionaries have tried to contact her for months but she just doesn’t answer the phone.  I go there that night and call her and the first miracle happened – she answers the phone!  We talk for a little bit and I asked if she could meet but she doesn’t have any time (I think she just didn’t want to meet to be honest) and I was a little bummed about that.  She was just so awesome in her conversion process.  Well she said she moved to this one estate and we planned to go there at the time she said she would leave for work the next day and just “go finding.”  Well different events led to this and that and we found ourselves on the opposite side of Tai Po at that time… in the pouring rain.  We ran to covering, bought an umbrella and then ran into this Atheist that just wanted to argue for a long time… a good 15 or 20 minutes of precious finding time gone.  Right?  God didn’t think so because right after we got out of that talk with the Atheist we decided to walk in a different direction and go find some covering from the rain and continue finding there.  We didn’t go 50 yards before I saw a woman coming our way and I knew it was Sandra but I just totally denied that it could happen like that.  Well.  It happened just like that.  At the same time she said she would be leaving her house on one side of Tai Po she was walking the streets on the other side of Tai Po.  Are you serious?!  We had a good conversation about how she still prays everyday and occasionally reads the Book of Mormon but just has no desire to go to church.  We committed her to come to church at least once a month (kinda a weak commitment but we said every week it was….well she didn’t accept it…) I’m not sure what will happen with Sandra but if I know nothing else from that day, it is that God lead us to Sandra.  Not where we thought she would be, but where He knew she would be.  It blows my mind thinking about it right now how incredible God is.
Sandra in Tai Po

Elders Allen and Brown meeting up with Sandra in Tai Po.

Then after we talked to her we saw Patrick Au Yeung, another investigaotr I taught over there.  We magically “ran into him” too!  He was the one who passed his baptismal interview then got antied and never got baptized.  It wasn’t a very good conversation though. It was all about how good Budda is to him….
We haven’t even got to Karen yet!  I was on exchanges when we finished teaching her and I heard everything is ready to go!  She came on Sunday and we prepared her for her baptismal interview which will happen this Friday!  Young Women’s is really where she is being converted to the gospel!  She always comes out of there ten times better than we left her!  Really though, she is great!  If she passes her interview then everything should be ready to go to have her baptism this Sunday!  We are super excited!  Ever since she had that experience where she felt that spirit telling her to get baptized, her testimony has grown a lot.  I’m super happy and confident for her future.  She is a member of the Young Women’s now and knows what the Spirit is and how to feel its influence in her life.  It’s hard to feel because it’s different for everyone, but she clasped on to it and let it take her for an adventure.  We’ll see what the rest of the week is like.
Less active work is great.  Ava told us a big story that touched her deeply.  She and her daughter Bonnie have never really gotten along and Bonnie moved out to live with her boyfriend.  Well Ava has been praying for some good change to happen and this week she shared a story about how she thought it was the greatest when on Mother’s Day Bonnie spent the day with her and at the end said, “I love you Mom!” to her.  It’s a great start.  We talked about how Ava needs to be the example of coming back to church and doing the “small and simple things” to let Bonnie see the difference.  If she takes this challenge it might have everlasting results.
Have a great week. The zone is doing awesome!  Everyone seems to be working hard and its fun to be apart of such a great miracle.  Can’t wait to go back out there and see some more! I love you all and can’t wait to see what the end of May brings!  We will reach a lot of our goals this month!  I love you again!
Elder Allen
Breakfast with Elder Brown

Kyle sent this picture of he an Elder brown eating what apears to be breakfast. He didn’t explain it, so I am including it here at the end of the post. At least it doesn’t appear to be pig’s heart!?!

 


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Speechless

May 12, 2014

Well it was so awesome to hear from all of you today!  Really it was!  Sorry if I was a little speechless!  I think Mom was the one who mentioned she was the one doing most of the talking and I totally agree!  But to my defense, that’s a compliment!  Here in China, you have to almost pry it out of people to get them to open up in lessons and start talking.  It’s just a Chinese thing because they are pretty reserved!  So sorry if you felt like you were the only one talking, it’s probably because you were!  It’s just one of those side effects that comes from being a missionary for this long!  More prevalent than ever was my loss of wording for everything non-gospel related.  I don’t know why, I just couldn’t talk normally without at least thinking of gospel wording or a good scripture to go along with what I was about to say.  I think Brother Chan is getting to me… oh well… let him get me.  (If you have read his earlier emails you know that Brother Chan is the former Hong Kong China mission president that Kyle admires as the best missionary ever.)  Before I forget, we go to the temple next week so I won’t be able to write until Wednesday!!

As far as food eating is concerned, nothing new this week.  Well, with the exception of the thing I’ve had least since I have been here… a steak.  When we were shopping we found some super cheap steaks and super expensive A1 sauce.  It was good… except it was fried… but I mean we are missionaries what do you expect?!  I think the A1 sauce made it taste like it was truly a steak! Anyway… I’ve spent too much time talking about steak!

The problem is there is nothing new/exciting that has happened since we talked. They did catch a baby snake in the chapel on Saturday and we saw a HUGE gecko run into our water-filtering system at the church.  We don’t know where it went.  It just shows you that even if you are in China, you are still in the middle of a crazy forest.  All good fun… except I don’t think I’ll drink water at the church again… lets just be safe…

This week was another awesome week!  Four new people at church!  We were super happy about that!  Mostly because the most important people came!  Well… you know what I mean… everyone is important…. but this week was awesome!  We have been meeting with a member’s son, Chau Sung Mou.  He is a great man and his daughter was coming to church with her grandma! However, a couple of weeks ago, he moved back to Hong Kong and was open to hearing the missionary lessons!  It was awesome! He has been praying and reading, but it is just hard to overcome his concerns with the Trinity.  He has prayed to see if he needs to be baptized and if Joseph Smith was a prophet.  He says in his prayers he feels peaceful and the Spirit, but he says every prayer he has ever said is like that.  It’s a little bit of a struggle because he is a little stubborn but then aren’t we all?

It’s amazing what changes the Spirit can bring into our lives. Chau already says he knows Joseph Smith was a prophet, but he says, “It’s just different.” I think we need to just teach him more about the Restoration but then again, we’ve met him 4 times now and all we’ve shared is the Restoration, we’re not sure when to move on.  But what was awesome is that even though his mom had to work yesterday, he still came very early to church with another member who is already his good friend since they speak the same dialect! I didn’t even get much of a chance to speak with him after church, but he said he enjoyed it!  It was a near perfect church experience for him!  We’ll definitely start to see more and more miracles with him as the days go by.  He is a great guy who really does have that real intent Moroni talks about that is needed for conversion!

At church yesterday one of the biggest miracles happened that I’ve seen in Sha Tin.  We contacted this man a couple of weeks ago, not thinking too much of it, just a normal contact.  He is very busy since they just moved to Hong Kong (the day that we contacted them actually.)  Well we haven’t been able to contact him but then Saturday night we called him and he was super willing to come to church!  He said he might be late though and so we were worried since no one can ever find the chapel on his or her own.  We were a little worried that if he did come, he wouldn’t find it and he would be annoyed.  But as we were sitting there in Sacrament Meeting, all of the sudden there he was!  And not only him, but his wife too!  And their daughter!  It was awesome!  It was great since the Mom was able to get a Mother’s Day gift from the ward and they made it to all of church, save it be the 15 minutes they were late!  Amazing!  I still can’t believe they found the chapel on their own!  Without asking for directions either!

Karen is doing well.  She is more steady and sure than before about getting baptized on the 25th of this month.  She is reading and praying everyday and this week she almost spent an entire day with the Young Women, making preparations for those Mother’s Day gifts mentioned earlier.  That’s something that until this past week was missing; her getting worked into a true member of the ward. She came with her brother to church as well!  I guess during Young Women’s class this week, the teacher asked her if she had any experience with feeling the Spirit in prayers and stuff like that.  Well apparently without hesitating or asking any questions she said that she has.  The Spirit has told her that she needed to be baptized on the 25th!  Amazing!  Every time something small like this happens, it makes a big impact on the investigator and me for sure!  This is God’s work and no matter how many times you meet with missionaries, conversion to Christ is and always has been a personal thing that these investigators MUST have before true progress is made towards them making covenants with God.  The only thing that might happen is getting busy and not being able to meet… she has big tests coming up and she is scared.  But it’s all right.  We have the faith, especially Elder Brown, that she will meet with us and keep preparing herself for baptism.

We have another investigator, Abraham, who has somewhat become of an “eternal investigator.”  His problem is since all of his family is Taoist, he feels like he has to be Taoist, even though he openly claims that everything we teach is true (and then shares why he has come to know they are true.)  So instead of going to church and preparing for baptism, he is going to Taoist meetings every week.  In fact, he is the one that has said, “If I were in America, I would have been baptized a long time ago!”  Well, we took the advice you offered and taught him more about faith and the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  It was truly heaven sent inspiration that message to us.  We shared about the Atonement and faith.  It was just an awesome lesson.  The Spirit was strong and for some reason, Abraham just randomly blurted out “I do know that God looks at me as the eternal being I am capable of becoming.  I will rearrange my schedule and make plans to start coming to church.”  I was stunned.  Of all the planning that could’ve been done for that lesson, neither Elder Brown nor I could have jokingly or seriously thought that’s how the lesson would end!  Amazing!  The Spirit is working hard here in Sha Tin, and it is ever needed and prayed for!

We have been teaching more lessons, now if the rain would just cooperate, we would be able to see more people!  Yesterday it kept 3 people from meeting with us!  And the zone took a little hit on attendance at church but we are still getting higher than last month! They are an awesome bunch!  We added 15 new baptismal dates these past two weeks!  Miracles are truly happening everywhere in Tolo.

I love you! Thanks again for the best family in the world and your constant love and support! Have a great day and week! Happy Mother’s Day to the best Mom in the world-mine!! I love you very much! If you want to watch an awesome video take three minutes and watch http://easter.mormon.org/?cid=HPTU041514694.  Have a great week and may Heavenly Father continue to bless us!

Elder Allen

If you don’t know what the picture is, I opened my drawer one night after taking a shower. When I went into a shower, nothing. When I came out, there was this massive huge cockroach sitting on my journal. The white part is its head. The have been here more recently!

 

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Not a very good picture but – Is this really a cockroach?

Also the infamous Tuesday Pizza. We ate there right after I called-since ya know its not Tuesday, ha-haI Elder Kyle sent a picture this time of Tuesday Pizza and guess what? It is virtually identical to the one I posted last week. Yes! I got it right! 

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A picture of “Tuesday Pizza” taken by Elder Kyle himself.


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Tuesday Pizza on Wednesday

May 5, 2014

What an awesome week this was!  I feel like I am just repeating the same things over and over again, but really the weeks do just get better and better.  Don’t ask me how…I don’t know.  But I love that they are and I’ll take it and ask no questions!  This week although it was super busy, was just amazing!  Right now with the investigators that we do have, we can see half like every week, and then the other half about once every two weeks.  However this week was just so weird.  Everything just fell right into place!  We were able to teach so many lessons!  It was beautiful and something that I haven’t ever really experienced in here. It just boomed up, so now we are working to keep it stable!

When I first got to Sha Tin we were teaching like 1 to 2 member presents, but now it’s… well much more!  It is just so awesome!  The miracles stare me in the face everyday!  The small things of the mission are the good things of the mission.  Let me tell you about them, but before I forget, today was already an awesome day!  Some of the Elders I came with go home in a couple weeks and so we went to this SUPER AWESOME Indian buffet together to see each other once last time.  unElder Siebach, the only one staying with me until June, is in Macau so he didn’t come.  It was amazing.  If that’s how they eat in India every day I might just not come home.  I’ll just go to India… but I don’t think Mom will like that too much. (He is correct.  Mom would not like that too much.)

Speaking of which, I’m calling home next week! (Mother’s Day! Yay!)  No one told me a any specific time to call so I’ll just call at 10 am Monday, Hong Kong time. That’s like 7 pm on Sunday there.  Is that when you eat dinner?  (Kyle called just as we were saying our blessing on the food last Mother’s Day and we ask him to say the prayer in Cantonese.  It was a great experience for all of us.)  I hope so.  Life here in Hong Kong is different so that’s what I’ve been doing for the last 2 years!  So 10 am Monday morning my time.  And if there are any questions as to who will be dominate in Ping Pong, instead of getting another suit I got a custom made ping pong paddle. And Corbin thinks he has a chance. Heh.  (Before Kyle left he and Corbin, who was then Jenna’s boyfriend and is now her husband, had a huge ping pong rivalry going on.  Sounds like being gone for two years hasn’t changed very much.)

A couple of awesome things happened during the start of the week. First, while we were finding, this random contact told us about a Pizza place called Tuesday Pizza. (I looked it up and I think the actual name is King Pizza Tuesday.  I’m pretty sure this is the right place because it is in Sha Tin and several of the reviews mention that it is close to IKEA.)  Apparently it is pretty famous in Sha Tin.  I’ve seen it before but never realized it was any good.  Well he said we for sure had to try it and on Tuesdays it’s cheaper. Well, we were so excited about it we invited the other Elders in the apartment to come with us.  We got there and guess what?  Tuesday Pizza is closed on Tuesdays!!!  What in the world is that all about?!!!

Here are some pictures I found online of the restaurant called “King Pizza Tuesday.” It looks pretty nice and the food looks good.   In addition to pizza they serve pasta and rice dishes.  Boy am I going to be embarrassed if this is the wrong place.

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So instead of eating pizza, we decided to go for the IKEA Swedish meatballs instead.  They were good… in the moment… but right now nothing sounds good.  I was seriously about to die this morning.  I think the Indian food blocked my breathing tubes.  But as revenge, Sister Hawks ordered some pizza for Mission Leadership Council.  Those meetings just keep getting more awesome and more awesome.  Except this time… President Hawks joked about me.  He said that instead of getting new baptismal dates, I will get new marriage dates soon.  That was the awkward part of the meeting.  (Don’t worry Kyle, I’m sure President Hawks was referring to marriage dates for some of your friends who have been back from their missions a little bit longer.)

I got my package!! (I sent Elder Kyle a package for Easter that was similar to an Easter basket.)  That was the easiest Easter hunt I think anyone has ever done!  But with the best results!  I hit the ultimate jackpot!  I think I scored bigger than the last 3 or 4 Easters combined!  If this continues I will certainly do whatever it takes to stay out for more Easters.  The Easter Bunny must be a member of the church or something!  He is giving lots of love this year!  One of the Elders in the apartment got a movie called Ephraim’s Rescue, a movie that the mission says we can watch.  That was a weird experience.  Watching a 90 minute movie.  I don’t know if you’ve seen it but you should.  It was the best movie ever I think.  But then again… anyway…

This week was just spectacular.  Elder Brown and I are motivated by change.  It’s happening all the time, we just have to be on the good side of it, and with obedience it really is working.  This past week we visited a less-active sister.  We needed to find another person to come with us, otherwise we couldn’t go visit her and we really knew that we needed to help her testimony.  We mentioned it when the Elder’s Quorum president called and he said no one was available to go with us that night.  We called her to explain the situation and try to reschedule, but that was going to be hard since this was the first time she was willing to even schedule.  Well when we called she said something miraculous.  She said, “Well then I’ll just invite my neighbor over and you can teach him!”  I guess it’s just that easy, right?  I wish.  But then again, we didn’t do anything!  We were just trying to be obedient!  We had a good visit with both her and her neighbor and although the neighbor doesn’t have too much interest, the less active member came to church on Sunday!  It was super awesome to see!  The blessings for being obedient are often small and unnoticeable, but it’s experiences like these that make me wonder, “How could I ever not be obedient if things like this happen?”  What a great blessing it was.  It set the tone for a great week.

Mission Leadership Council was a blast.  Every time I leave those meetings I feel the need to just go out and declare the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.  The thing I learned most had to be the pattern of studying scriptures.  Often times I’m caught up, only looking at the awesome lines and taking that as that.  One-liners.  But I’ve noticed that the great leaders take sections of scripture, break them down, and apply them to their own situations.  It really is a concept from the beginning of time, but at the meeting it was just made so clear to me that if we don’t do it like that, we are missing out on a big spiritual opportunity to grow our faith through reading scriptures.

But even better than the meeting itself, a member called us right after and gave us a part member family referral!  Chan Sung Mou’s mom is an active member and when her home teachers went over this week to visit her, they found out that a member of her family just moved in with her.  He is a very devote Christian already, baptized 15 years ago, but you could just get the feeling that he knows there is something more.  There will just need to be some miracles ordered up in order to break the walls which the “craftiness of men” have put up.  He is definitely going to be baptized.  The circumstances are just too perfect.  He is super willing to read scriptures and pray for specific things, super available and already friends with some super good members.  We have seen him twice already and he is great!!

The first time we went over there was like a test to see if we really wanted to learn. He brought out bitter melon soup to drink.  I’m not sure if you have ever tried bitter melon, but it is exactly what the name says – very bitter and just hard to swallow.  I think the word is… gross.  Well I got through the whole soup, swallowed the huge chunks whole (there was no way I was biting into one of those) and then she brought out like 4 seafood dishes.  I just haven’t gotten used to seafood yet…oh well.  We were very grateful for it!  We weren’t even expecting them to feed us but he is just that nice!  A really great guy!  This week he was in mainland, but he said next week he will probably come to church!  That’s awesome!

Speaking of church it is going awesome!  Brother Ko, a recently returned to church member, brought his daughter to church!  And at church, he received a calling to serve in the Sunday School Presidency.  You should have seen his smile and how giddy he was when they read his name for sustaining!  He was about the happiest man I have ever seen!  If only every member could be that happy when we get a calling.  It was unlike everything I’ve ever seen before.  We will go visit him and his wife this week so we are excited for his progression.  He really wants his family to be there with him.

Church was also great because Karen came, stayed for all 3 hours and then met with us after!  It surprised both of us!  It was a true miracle!  We talked to her more about the Atonement and getting baptized.  She said she has prayed about it and the Spirit has told her that she needs to be baptized on the 25th of this month!  It was so awesome!  She is doing great, now just needs to make the final step to make the full commitment to come unto Christ and partake of the fruit.  It is an awesome story, Karen.  These past two weeks have been great!  We’ve seen a lot of improvement!

The zone is doing awesome!  Everyone was fired up for zone training meeting and there was a particular spirit that was there in the meeting.  Everyone seemed very excited to get instructed, not the least of which was me!  It was a great weekend after that!  Right after the meeting the Mandarin Elders were leaving and went up to contact someone.  Well it turns out that that man wants to be baptized now and wants to bring his wife to church with him as well!  Zone Training Meeting days are miracle days!  The reports for the week were great.  We increased on everything!  At this rate we are going to have almost as good of a month as March was, but that is going to be hard to beat.  However this week we almost doubled our member presents!  In one week!  We usually get in the 40’s and this week we got 80!  It came from nowhere!  But don’t miracles also come out of nowhere?

The Park-N-Shop lady, Sister Kong is doing great!  She is reading the Book of Mormon and surprised us when she showed up to English class on Saturday!  She is a great lady and definitely has a bright future in the gospel, she too has some walls that are not easily broken, but she is willing to learn!

I love you all! The Atonement of Jesus Christ is real, just as he is. He is the Great Physician and can heal the wounds that nobody else can. Have a great week! I love you all and you are always in my prayers.

 

Elder Allen