This week Kyle got to experience something that some missionaries work an entire two years to get and never do. You can understand why when you read about how much it means to him.
Hello There Everybody!
Today is an especially good day! My baby move is almost over and I can’t believe that! (According to my son-in-law Chris, a “baby move” has to do with the first area that a missionary serves in. Apparently transfers are coming up.) Everyone always says that the first transfers feel so long and pretty soon you’ll be talking about transfers like they were days! Well a week from now seems like a day! And it brightens your day when you’ve been thinking about how ASU did against an actual opponent just to find that they beat them 45-14! (ASU beat Illinois!) That’s so crazy! Taylor Kelly Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year is the man! Ha-ha! I was working it out in my mind. I figure the game and my baptism ended probably within a half an hour or even less of each other!
Speaking of which, yep we had a baptism on Saturday. His name is A-Ching Lau and he is the coolest person! The gospel really did change his life in ways that I can’t describe. Ever since I arrived here until now his countenance and attitude towards people in general has become so much better! So here’s the story about how Sunday went. Baptisms in Hong Kong are always right after church on Sunday just so people in the ward remember them and they have as much support as possible. Anyway, he (the investigator) showed up to church on Sunday and his whole family was with him!!! They are very supportive of him and I heard that a big reason he got baptized is because his parents encouraged it so much! So he shows up to church in his biking clothes (this kid LOVES biking, he has like 3 or 4 bikes and spends all his money on them) and we didn’t want him to have to wear that on a day like this. Luckily Elder Broderick and I thought about clothes being an issue before and so we had new clothes we gave to him! Ha-ha! So A-Ching’s only church shirt is from a nice Men’s Wearhouse store in Arizona!
He and his family were so happy and so excited it was easy to tell that even stuff like church pants and a tie is a big luxury to them, one that they can’t afford. (Here’s the deal Kyle. You keep giving away shirts and baptizing people from Hong Kong and I will keep sending you new shirts!) Unfortunately though we didn’t have any shoes for him so he wore Crocs all day. He loves his Crocs! But he seemed to just feel better and talk more than I have ever seen him before! Anyway…the baptism rolls around and we start an hour late because ha-ha, oh get this…he wouldn’t wear the jumpsuit thing to get baptized. He didn’t want everyone to see him in it and we didn’t have any white pants for him to wear so we were trying to convince him to just put on the suit for 5 minutes but he wouldn’t have it and he was serious. So finally Elder Broderick thought of the idea of trading him and so that’s what they did! He wore the shirt, tie and white pants and Elder Broderick wore the jumpsuit! During it he didn’t know he could get right back up after he dunked him so he was just under water for a good 7 or 8 seconds. Ha-ha! Elder Broderick was trying to get him up but he couldn’t! It was hilarious. It so incredible to see the change in his life already. We taught his brother a couple times already and just yesterday he brought his sister to English class so we are going to start teaching her on Sunday at church! Hopefully the whole family will come! And we’re teaching another family right now too! A lot of emphasis here on families now a days!
But it was just so cool to be a factor in someone coming unto Christ. It was just joy I felt (even though I didn’t know if ASU was winning or not!) It’s a big motivator to just keep on going. Keep on walking hills that go up both ways, walking in the hot humidity where the day’s temperature only fluctuates maybe 10 degrees, and getting chased by dogs. That actually happened this week! I was on splits with a Mandarin missionary and we were finding investigators and this dog was growling at us and then it started following us and then it started running at us and I was so scared. I hate big dogs…but all of the sudden it just stopped running and growling and barking and just went the other way…its a good thing too, I didn’t want to have to go Jack Bauer on him…
What else is new…I ate three new weird things this week. Pizza Hut is one of them. I know that sounds weird but the pizza is made with 1000 Island dressing not tomato pizza sauce. The toppings included a whole bunch of different seafood especially squid! Ha-ha! What a joy that was to eat with our member who was paying for us. Then he ordered us soup. And what did this soup have in it? Octopus! Yes world, this man who can’t seafood at all and hates to have to think about eating any kind of fish, ate octopus this week. Tentacles, head, everything was included. They were small but an octopus is an octopus. Pizza Hut is….different here. You can’t even get pepperonis!
The Peak was so cool! (Read “You Ate Whaattt?!?” on the blog for more information on The Peak and pictures of his trip.) I took pictures for you to look at I hope enjoy them! The peak is actually like a mall! I’ll send my camera card home soon! If you have any questions about who they are just ask me! And to answer your questions this week…all I know about Disneyland here is that the MTR has a stop there, its small but on a really nice and rich part of Hong Kong and they have a new ride opening that looks Thunder Mountain! I forget what it’s called though….I’m sure it will be easy to look up. (The new Thunder Mountain type ride at Disneyland Hong Kong is called “Grizzly Gulch.” I can’t wait to ride it!) Disneyland in Chinese is DikSihLeih. What’s funny is the Sih character is also used in the word for missionaries and Leih is the same character in LeihFei which is how you pronounce Nephi! (I knew Disneyland was a spiritual experience!) Ha-ha so there it is I love you all! Go Devils! This will be a big test to see if we really are a team that can compete! Congratulations to Utah! How bad will U of A lose this week? I can see them being very prideful right now. (They beat Oklahoma State that week and ended up in the top 25 AP College football poll) Pride cycle people. Pride cycle.