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

The Best of Both Worlds

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So sorry I’m writing a little late today! We had our temple day today so that’s what I’ve been doing! That’s pretty cool though if you think about it I got to go to the temple the same day as Jenna getting married!!! Woot woot! So you can say that people attended the temple for you all over the world on your wedding day…or something like that…it makes better sense in my head than when I tried to write it so work with me. Its a big day for everyone the family, friends but most importantly….the Devils! (The Sun Devils played a game against Colorado on the Day Jenna was married.  If you were at the reception you know that the game was playing on a big screen TV so that everyone could watch!)  Let’s be honest with each other here. If they lose I will personally make it a mission of mine to make sure the marriage is axed. It just wouldn’t be good for anyone.  There would be bad vibes from the very beginning.  Like Dad said, “When was the last time somebody picked the Arizona State Sun Devils to win by 22 points that actually works for the Casinos??  I’m thinking it was against UNLV…..oh that school…that game….(Kyle is referring to ASU’s loss to UNLV in 2008 when they were heavily favored to win and lost to them in overtime.  Our family still hasn’t recovered from that one.)  But did you know I had no idea the game wasn’t on Saturday until like Tuesday! I looked at my calendar to see when the Oregon game was and it turns out…We haven’t even played Colorado yet! Ha-ha!  It’s a good thing too. I keep track of the weather at certain places on my iPod and the high in Boulder on Saturday was like in the 40’s and a chance of snow…I thought it was a sign from the heavens…but it was just a warning shot I guess. I can’t believe Jenna is getting married though….it’s so weird…..it wont be the same.  And let’s face it, the only reason mom will be crying tomorrow is because she has to live with Staci alone…#yikes!

 

And speaking of missions I can’t believe it! It’s time for all my friends who said “Oh I’m for sure going on a mission” to pay up. Actually I haven’t even seen conference though…In Hong Kong we watch it a week later…so the secrets were spoiled but that’s so cool! (Kyle is referring here to the announcement at October General Conference that boys will be eligible to serve missions at the age of 18 instead of 19 and girls at the age of 19 instead of 21.)  That must mean they need more missionaries around the world!  That’s such a cool thing! I can’t wait until Terri Stump gets called to the China Hong Kong Mission….yes Terri, that’s a shout out to you. I got your letter this week saying you still wanted to serve! Now it’s time to fulfill that promise!!! Speaking of which, I got probably one of the most the most satisfying things I have ever received in the mail this week.  I got a letter from my friend Amber and it was really nice.  She added a note and the note was from her sister’s blog saying that she had decided to serve a mission and that my talk at stake conference helped her decide to talk to her bishop about starting her papers!  She said she liked and she related to what I said about how everyday Satan tries harder and harder to keep you from going on a mission and everyday you persevere he loses.  That’s really humbling.  It probably is one of the most satisfying things that will happen to me in my two years. So cool!  But the point is don’t let distractions get in the way. Just go for it and leave everything else to the Lord. He provides a way. I promise it.

 

The Lord really does provide ways for his purposes to be accomplished. It will seem like “strokes of luck” or miracles but we know better. Like for instance this week we are going to A-Ching’s house for the first time because he said he wants help learning English. (Oh what a surprise!  Everyone here wants help with their English.)  We kept looking for his house but we couldn’t find it and to make it even worse he wasn’t answering the phone.  (Just a little background – here getting into peoples’ homes is really hard if they aren’t members.  They just like their privacy.)  Then all of the sudden we just saw his sister walking up to us on her way home from school and she walks with us to her home and what do you know…the whole family is there and they want to have dinner with us?!  So cool!  That’s one of the best things about this week (besides mom’s temple story) (Mom’s temple story – The night Jenna went through the Mesa, Arizona Temple for the first time, she had a woman who asked for a Chinese translator sit right next during her the session.  I had the strong impression that she was there to represent Kyle as all of her sisters were there as well.) and so we get to be with the whole family and teach them and stuff!!!! My first full family lesson here! And then on our way home we just randomly see a less active member on his way home from dinner and we talk to him about General Conference this week (it’s a week later here) and he was really interested about coming and meeting with us! So cool – and even back to back!

 

Oh and the other news starting on the 22nd are P-Days are moved to Mondays!!!!! Want to know the first thing I thought of when I heard that? It wasn’t “Oh cool I can see all the museums now because they are closed on Thursdays” but it was “Oh cool I don’t have to wait in agony the whole week to see how the Devils did!”  Ha-ha! So I’ll write both on the 19th and 22nd! Have fun tomorrow everyone!  (Jenna’s wedding day.)  I know the Lord blesses us as we use our agency correctly and I can’t wait to see Conference!! Go back and just read one talk this week…or day whichever you have time for! There will be something in there for you to learn! I love you all! CONGRATULATIONS JENNA AND CORBIN!!!

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